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PolyLube® Composite Bearings and Bushings

Polygon Company is a vertically integrated self-lubricated bearing company. We design and produce our own proprietary liners, as well as resin formulations. We can also engineer special fiber architectures and hybridization for special high-tech applications that may require something new or unique.

Polygon's bushings feature three distinct components: Continuous glass fibers, polymer resin, and PTFE fabric liners. The filament wound fiberglass and epoxy resin combine to form a very high strength backing. This precisely wound fiberglass structure allows for thin-walled bushings (1/16" to 1/8"), reducing the size and weight of assemblies. PTFE liners provide permanent lubrication, unlike sintered metals which lose oils over time. Secondary lubrication is not necessary during start-up due to PTFE film transfer to the shaft.

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Everyone Saves With Composite Bearings

Give us two minutes and we’ll show you how even those who can’t be trusted with a pet rock can benefit from our maintenance-free composite bearings.


Polygon is now recognized as the largest producer of composite self-lubricated bearing products in the world. We supply mega-sized bearings over 20" in diameter for gate valves used in hydro-electric plants down to 1/8" bearings used in archery equipment. Our bearings are the standard in the man-lift and construction machinery equipment industry. We can also engineer special fiber architectures and hybridization for those special high-tech applications that may require something new or unique.

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What is a Composite Bearing?

ptfe bearing cutawayPolygon's bushings feature three distinct components:

  • Continuous glass fibers
  • Polymer resin
  • PTFE fabric liners

The fiberglass filament and epoxy resin combined form a very high strength backing. This precise filament wound fiberglass structure allows for thin walled bushings (1/16" to 1/8"), reducing the size and weight of assemblies.

Greaseless

PTFE liners provide permanent lubrication unlike sintered metals which lose oils over time. Secondary lubrication is not necessary during start-up due to PTFE film transfer to the shaft.

Long Life Cycle

Testing shows wear under 0.006" after 1.6 million cycles, made possible by a woven structure of PTFE super-filaments with tensile strengths twenty times greater than PTFE resins. As a result, the bushing resists cold flow under high loads.

Handles Industrial-level Strain

PolyLube composite bushings support a load of up to 30,000 PSI while handling high radial and axial stresses. They resist high shock loading and impact fatigue due to their unique high strength continuous filament wound fiberglass backing. PolyLube bushings are ideal for high load operation in rotational and linear movements as well as in oscillation.

Exceptional Dimensional Stability

They exhibit high performance predictability over wide temperature ranges, ±325°F for all configurations, and up to 475°F for high temperature bearings. From desert heat to bitter cold environments, composite bearings will not pinch the pin or lose the interference fit with the bore. The coefficient of thermal expansion for the PolyLube bearing is approximately 4.8x10-6°F. Learn more...

Singular Focus

Composite products are not our sideline; it is our profession. We engineer, design, manufacture, and test composite bushings and wear materials. We offer high temperature, high impact, food grade, insulating, corrosion resistant and numerous other specialty composite bushings.

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A greaseless diner sounds questionable, like a place where they sneak quinoa or kale into the food. With diner food, delicious and greaseless are rarely a good combo. You have a right to be suspicious. However, the PolyLube Greaseless Bearings Cafe delivers on that promise. We serve up a tasty combo that is good for both you and your customer's equipment.

Bearing grease has many unintended consequences. It's a contamination trap, holding grit and causing wear. It's hours of customer labor and environmental contamination from excess flushing grease. It's having to design your equipment with access to greasing zerks or costly automatic greasing systems.

On the menu since 1969, our composite bearings have only grown in popularity over the years. Today Polygon is the world's largest consumer of the PTFE fibers used in composite bearing liners. We are a vertically integrated composite company with a singular focus on composite solutions, bringing decades of manufacturing and engineering expertise to our products.

With PolyLube composite bearings, you can skip the grease and the hassles it brings. Who knew greaseless could actually be good?

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Disclaimer

Any ratings are typical for design purposes. Your design parameters may affect final ratings. Consult with a Polygon sales engineer for guidance. Final testing and approval is the customer's responsibility for their application. This information is derived from our testing and published data. There is no assurance of these properties, or warranty provided that these products are suitable for any particular purpose or operational situation.

Polygon certifies that their product will be free from material defect. Polygon will not accept any liability for loss, damages, or costs from use or misuse of our products.

Specifications are subject to change, and may be affected by our continual process of improvement. Changes may be made without prior announcement.