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Bearings and Bushings

A bearing is a device that allows for continuous movement in a machine or mechanism while minimizing friction in those moving parts. Bushings are a type of bearing typically used between two parts moving independently of one another.

While bearings and bushings have traditionally been made from brass and other metals, plastic materials like nylon, acetal, and polyether ether ketone (PEEK) provide significant advantages not available with traditional materials like metal and brass. Plastic bearings are lighter, less expensive, and offer a longer working life than metal bearings. They are also self-lubricating and more resistant to harsh chemicals and moist environments.

With more than 40 locations across North America, Piedmont Plastics stocks a full line of nylon, acetal, and PEEK products suited for all types of bearings and bushings, and stands ready to assist you in your specific application.