American Metal Bearing's Rubber Bearing Staves Approved By Navy

Literature Offered All-rubber bearing staves designed and produced by American Metal Bearing Co. of Garden Grove, Calif., have been approved for use on U.S. Navy ships to replace other rubber and brass staves supporting propeller shafts.

The approval was announced by Peter A.

Pagan, vice president and director of marketing for the 64-year-old marine equipment manufacturer.

AMB's staves will fit bearings with propeller shaft diameters of 6 to 36 inches. Grooves between the staves allow water to be channeled through the bearing for lubrication and to carry away sand and other abrasives.

American Metal Bearing's all-rubber staves utilize dual-hardness, low-friction nitrile rubber.

The bearing surface is tough, but resilient, allowing abrasive particles to depress it rather than penetrating the bearing surface. This rubber is bonded to an even harder rubber backing, which takes the place of brass.

According to Mr. Pagan, the all-rubber stave has several advantages over older style staves, including: the hard rubber backing will not sep separate from the softer rubber bearing surface; easier to install; it weighs less; and cost savings.

The company's primary business is the design, manufacture, and repair of individual bearings and complete bearing systems for naval and commercial vessels, as well as a variety of uses in cement, petrochemical, rubber, steel, utilities, and heavy machinery industries.

For a copy of a brochure and complete literature on American Metal Bearirig Company's allrubber bearing staves, Circle 57 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 32,  Jan 15, 1986

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