PTFE plain bearings

PTFE bearings

High load capacity and maintenance-free

PTFE bearings are ideal for applications with high loads and moderate speeds. The distinctive feature of these plain bearings is that they are maintenance-free. PTFE bearings are produced according to ISO 3547.


PTFE bearings are made with a steel or bronze backing as standard. A stainless steel backing is available on request. A sintered bronze layer is applied to the backing. This layer is provided with a PTFE-based self-lubricating lead-free sliding surface. The bronze intermediate layer ensures efficient heat dissipation and makes for a strong joint between the backing and the sliding surface. The steel backing has a layer of tin to prevent corrosion.


During a short run-in period, part of the run-in layer, the PTFE mixture, is transferred to the counter-material. During the run-in period of the PTFE bearing, the bearing surface usually takes on a gray/green color. The characteristic low friction and wear values are obtained at the end of the run-in period. Adding oil or other non-corrosive fluids can enhance the bearing's performance.

Cross-section of PTFE bearings

Cross-section PTFE bearings


PTFE bearings

Main advantages of PTFE bearings include:

  • Self-lubricating
  • Maintenance-free
  • High load capacity
  • Low friction coefficient
  • Minimal bearing play
  • Operating temperature up to 250°C

PTFE bearings



PTFE bearings are best suited to applications with high loads and requiring self-lubricating operation. Common applications are:

  • Elevators
  • Hydraulics
  • Textile machines
  • Butterfly valves
  • Consumer electronics


Specification overview

PropertiesTU (Steel)TU-B (Bronze)TU-I (Stainless steel)
Max. load (Dyn/stat), N/mm2140 / 250140 / 140140 / 250
Max. sliding speed m/s2.52.52.5
Max. PV value N/mm2 x m/s1.81.81.8
Temperature range, oC-200 / +280-200 / +280-200 / +280
Shaft tolerancef7 - h8f7 - h8f7 - h8
Housing toleranceH7H7H7
Shaft roughnessRa < 0.4Ra < 0.4Ra < 0.4
Shaft hardnessHB > 200HB > 200HB > 200

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