The application of PTFE in load bearings is not new. Amongst its many other attributes, PTFE also has an excellent compressive strength, allowing it to absorb pressures of up to 200 Kgf/cm2 (2900 psi). This is approximately double the compressive strength of neoprene (the material used in most elastomeric bearings) meaning that PTFE bearing pads can be much smaller and manage the same load.
- Oil and gas pipelines
- Waterways and water pipelines
- Conveyor systems (both indoors and outdoors)
- Boiler plants
- Minor bridges
- Power plants
- Bracketed guides – these are normally two guide plates welded/ bolted to the side of the top or bottom plate