What You Need to Know When Ordering Custom Bushings

Sometimes it is necessary to order custom bushings rather than using standard “off-the-shelf” bushings. Custom bushings can provide a number of benefits and resolve numerous problems.  The design is easily tailored to meet specific conditions. Bushings may be a removable fixed cylindrical metal lining that is used for guiding, constraining or reducing friction.

In approaching the design of a custom bushing, it is important to understand that there are various ways in which the design of a bushing may be approached. It is not uncommon for many companies to simply use whatever design has worked well in the past. The first question that should be asked is what type of bushing is needed for the relevant project. For instance, is a flanged or a sleeved bushing required for the task? After determining what type is required, it is important to determine whether the project requires a solid bushing, split bushing, full bushing, or clenched bushing.

Additionally, it is important to consider the material that the bushing needs to be made from. Most custom bushings will be constructed from metal or plastics. While metal bushings are among the most common type of custom bushing, there may be instances in which a plastic bushing may be beneficial. Custom bushings can also be produced from bronze or brass, which is common for automotive applications as well as for use in conveyors, motors, and various types of industrial equipment.

Regardless of the type of bushing to be produced and the materials that are to be used for the relevant application, custom bushings can be machined to your precise specifications. When contacting a machine shop to produce custom bushings, it is important to supply your specifications in addition to a sample or a print. If you do not have a print, a sample can help the machine shop in drawing up a print so that the custom parts you need can be manufactured to your specifications.