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How Is The Tapered Roller Bearing Different From The Self-Aligning Bearing?

As we all might know, a roller bearing is a mechanical component that supports connecting and rotating shafts to help with movement and mobilization within machinery. In short, it’s a metal element used to reduce friction and accomplish crucial versatility from radial, axial and thrust loads.


However, many of us don’t quite know the breadth of their usage in machinery from complex applications such as in the motor industry to simple structures such as your everyday kitchen faucet. And these uses diversify in industry with everyday ingenuity.

So, being the leading roller bearings supplier in Singapore, the team at SLS Bearings is here to provide some further insight into the fantastic design flexibility of an engineering component that is simply everywhere.

We’ll touch on the four major roller bearing types we provide here at SLS Bearings as well as their role, function, advantages and applications to help you make the right decision for your machine.


Read more: What Causes Roller Bearings to Fail and Break?



1. Cylindrical Roller Bearings

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The first of the roller bearings is the cylindrical bearing characterized in name by its cross-section. The cage and inner ring of the roller bearing holds several micro-cylinders.

a) Role

As the leading roller bearings supplier in Singapore, it’s important we advise that cylindrical roller bearings are also known through the mechanical industry as straight roller bearings. They are designed to allow for thermal expansion during the transmission of power to allow for high performance and durability even when placed under stressful conditions.

b) Function

The overall function of the cylindrical format from SLS Bearings is to use their conveyor-like maneuverability to minimize friction for heavy radial loads. As a primarily radial bearing (rather than an axial bearing) it is designed to withstand forces perpendicular to the access.

c) Advantages

Cylindrical bearings are one of the most sourced and applied components from your roller bearings supplier in Singapore. This is because, despite managing limited thrust loads, their radial design allows them to take high speeds and their uniformity allows them to be an interchangeable and repairable element.

d) Applications

Used in a wide variety of applications, cylindrical bearings can be seen in industries from power generation to the auto industry.

Oil Pumps



Steel Mills

Material Handling

Wind Turbines

Road Sweepers


Transmission Systems

Agricultural Equipment

Air Conditioning Compressors

Kitchen Faucets



2. tapered roller bearings

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Tapered roller bearings are much like cylindrical roller bearings and carry a similar cross section. However, this component features an angular design allowing it to accomplish the handling of loads from both a radial and axial directions.

a) Role

The role of the taper roller bearing, with a cylindrical rolling element holding a tapered outer edge, is to handle a higher axial load. In fact, the bottom line to the taper roller bearings sold here at SLS Bearings would be that the more tapered the component, the higher the axial load it can accomplish.

b) Function

The operation specification of the tapered roller bearing is to use dual raceways that handle inertial forces and friction at an angle to increase the load handling from both directions. When two tapered roller bearings are used simultaneously, such as within vehicle wheels, they have higher durability.

c) Advantages

The outstanding benefits of the tapered roller bearings include being able to handle significant load capacity from both the axial and radial force directions of the metal components in use. Additionally, the tapered design allows for larger grease reservoirs between the radial and axial clearance zones.

d) Applications

At SLS Bearings, we supply tapered bearings for multiple variant usage. This is because of the application of single, double and four-row tapered bearings.

Vehicle Wheels

Rolling Mills


Hosting Equipment

Mining Equipment

Agricultural Machines

Propeller Shafts

Sports Robots



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