Timken expands dental bearings product line

The Timken Company has enhanced its line of precision bearings for high-speed dental handpieces with a broader selection of options and features to better resist wear in harsh sterilization environments while improving stability and lubricant flow.

The new dental bearings employ stainless steel rings, grade 3 balls, and an advanced cage, the company said.

Customers can now choose ball and shield upgrades to match the needs of their specific handpiece or maintenance regimen. Ceramic ball upgrades offer even greater wear resistance and smoother operation than the standard steel balls, according to Timken. Upgrading the bearing from single to dual shields can help eliminate the need for relubrication during expected bearing life.

"Offering multiple choices in our dental bearing line allows end users to select the features that are most important to them," said Rob Stiffler, product manager of miniature assembly, in a press release. "This helps reduce cost and increases value for both the handpiece manufacturers and the dental professionals who use them."

The new dental bearings are manufactured to meet or exceed multiple ISO P4 and ABEC 7 precision tolerances, the company said.

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