Understanding Your Options in Corrosion Resistance
| By: Alex Polo, Sales Engineer
Editor’s note: In this ongoing video series, members of the Motion Solutions engineering staff share insights on technologies and problem-solving. The Motion Solutions Engineered Solutions team works daily to design complex electromechanical assemblies across a variety of industries. With more than 300 years of aggregate design experience, they have deep expertise in designing customized bearings for a range of demanding applications.
Corrosion is an oxidation reaction that affects most metals. In the case of steel, the iron oxidizes when exposed to air and water to form rust, which can gradually destroy the material over time. The surfaces of steel linear bearings, for example, will degrade as a result of rust, increasing friction, contaminating the equipment and the environment, and reducing lifetime (see figure 1). Even seemingly benign surface corrosion can be a problem in consumer-facing applications. If the conditions of your application are likely to cause rust or are sensitive to rust, consider a treatment for corrosion resistance. . .
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