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Do ball bearing slides work OK in high temperatures?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager

28th Jan 2014

Our standard range of mild steel ball bearing slides with plastic components are designed to be used for extended periods in a temperature range between -20°C and 70°C.

We cannot guarantee that slides will work effectively or survive outside of this range since extreme temperatures will affect the plastic components in standard ball bearing slides.

With the plastic materials we use, any temperature above 70°C will take them into their heat distortion temperature or softening temperature range.

Some slides will also have restricted temperature ranges due to their specialized parts. For example, the DZ5321EC has an operating range of 10°C - 40°C. Read the individual product datasheets for any additional information.

However, Accuride’s slides (regardless of material or finish) without plastic components can be used in temperatures between -20°C and 110°C. This is the operating temperature range of our standard lubrication.

Ball bearing slides designed especially for use in high temperatures

The DS3031 is a stainless steel slide that uses high temperature food-grade grease and has no plastic parts, making it suitable for applications with a maximum temperature of 300°C. This is part of our off-the shelf range and can be ordered through your local Accuride distributor.

We already supply bespoke slides for use in extreme temperatures and we continue to work direct with OEMs on technically advanced techniques for these applications.

If you need a slide for a specific high temperature project then please contact our sales team to discuss how we can help you.

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