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How graphite is used in mechanical engineering

Why choose Olmec for mechanical seals and bearings?

Our carbon/ graphite bearings and seals have fantastic self lubricating properties and high temperature tolerances.

Carbon and graphite are often used in mechanical applications due to these unique properties:

Carbon/ Graphite is:

  • oxidation resistant
  • corrosion resistant
  • dimensionally stable

Applications include:

  • mechanical seal components for many sealing applications.
  • rotors and vanes.
  • axial and radial bearings.
  • motor pump bearings.
  • structural components.

Olmec have decades of experience in supply for this field. That’s why our team can assist you with any questions you may have, and discover the right grade for you.

Type of Product and application:

Used alongside graphite guide rings to seal high-pressure, oil-free gases.

Applications: Turbines, compressors, pumps

Why graphite? Self-lubricating, chemically inert, high strength-to-weight ratio, thermal stability

Electromechanical devices designed to transmit electrical current from a stationary device to a rotating one. They improve mechanical performance and remove the need to have wires dangling from movable joints.

Applications: Hydroelectric generators, wind turbines

Why graphite? Conductivity, self-lubricating properties that mean it can resist wear over time

Bearings are components that support a load while in contact with and moving relative to another part.

A type of bearing, bushings are thin tubes designed to reduce friction between two surfaces sliding against each other.

Applications: Drill jigs, hydraulic pumps, dryers

Why graphite? Self-lubricating, long service life, thrives in harsh environments

Blades attached to a rotating wheel which push or are pushed by wind or water.

Applications: Vacuum pumps, fuel pumps, rotary compressors

Why graphite? Self-lubricating, resistant to high temperatures, chemically inert

Designed to lubricate rotary equipment such as trunnion rolls, riding rings, tyres and insert seals where wet lubricants can’t be used. The weight of the block keeps it in constant contact with the rolling surface, depositing a thin film of graphite.

Applications: Rotary kilns, calciners, dryers

Why graphite? Self-lubricating, resistant to wear over time

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