The Rod End, also referred to as the Heim Joint, was named after the founder of the Heim Bearing Company, Lewis R. Heim, in 1942. The Heim Bearing Company later became a division of RBC Bearings, offering the industry’s widest selection of Rod End types and sizes.
Rod Ends are a compact & lightweight bearing that offer an economical advantage to conventional housing installation. Though plain spherical bearings offer misalignment capability in a fixed housing position, Rod Ends provide easier mounting and adjustment of position in installations such as mechanisms, linkages and control rods.
Heim Rod Ends Applications & Features
Rod ends, or Heim Joints, are used in a wide range of industries in many of different applications. Some examples of typical applications of Heim Rod Ends include:
- Medical Equipment
- Fluid Power Applications
- Material Handling
- Food Packageing
- Food Processing
- Golf Carts/ATV
- Amusement Rides
- Lawn/Agricultural Equipment
- Waste Management Applications
- Industrial Applications
PIC’s product range includes Heim precision four piece rod ends with brass race inserts, self-lubricating rod ends with engineered thermoplastic races, military standard rod ends with Teflon® liners for the ultimate in Rod End performance, and ball bearing rod ends which have extremely low friction and misalignment capability.
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