Roller bearings are similar in profile to ball bearings but rather than using balls to rotate they utilise cylinder rolling elements. Roller bearings carry a load by placing rolling elements such as rollers between outer rings and inner rings called races. This allows the bearing to maintain separation between moving parts, helping to reduce rotational friction and noise.
For applications requiring high radial and axial load support, roller bearings are ideal and are available in a variety of designs and shapes.
Roller bearings are categorised by the shape of the roller which can reduce friction and support radial and axial loads. RS have a great range of bearings including tapered roller bearings and needle roller bearings to meet all your requirements. These types of bearings can feature single or multiple rows of rolling elements. You can find out more in our roller bearings guide.
There are a wide range of roller bearing available in various sizes and types, each suited to specific applications. Popular types of roller bearings include:
Roller bearings are widely used across industry, helping with the movement and mobilization of machinery. They are commonly found in aviation cargo systems, manufacturing, aerospace, automobile industry, power houses and numerous other applications.