Sliding Gardens

When the Landscape Director from N T Killingley contacted us about sliding a planter in and out of a glasshouse at RHS Chatsworth, our Technical Sales team listened to his specification and suggested various options. Their requirement was a system that was simple to install and robust enough to carry the weight of a laden planter, but most importantly would not cost a fortune as the display was temporary.

The combined roller bearing system met this criteria. By using the rails upturned, there was very little set up involved and the bearings and mounting plates were simply bolted to the underside of the planter.

The end result was a system that was discreet and could be operated with very little effort. The display formed part of the “Garden for a Changing Climate” at RHS Chatsworth in June 2017 and featured on BBC’s Gardeners World.

The RHS video of the garden can be viewed here. And the BBC Gardeners World episode can be viewed here (approximately 41 minutes in).

If you need help to specify a linear sliding system, please contact us. We have a team of Engineers & Designers who can guide you through both selecting the most suitable product and specifying the correct size.

Photo courtesy of N T Killingley © 2017

What are Tolerance Rings used for?

Tolerance Ring AN BN Euro-Bearings UK

A Tolerance Ring is a corrugated metal strip which is used to act between two cylindrical objects to create an interference fit. The corrugations act like springs, fastening the two objects together. They can also be used for torque control and can provide overload protection using torque slip.

They fall into the general category of friction fasteners. They are made from spring steel or stainless steel.

There are two different types of tolerance ring. Our AN type are used to hold an object into a housing. Our BN type is used to hold an object onto a shaft. If for example the object is a bearing then you would use the AN type on the outer diameter and you would use the BN type in the bore.

The use of a tolerance ring can reduce assembly times, permit larger machining tolerances and can compensate for misalignment and thermal expansion between components. A tolerance ring also allows for disassembly.

Typical applications include:

  • mounting of bearings
  • pulley to shaft connections
  • fan to shaft connections
  • mounting knobs
  • mounting stators in electric motors
  • mounting magnets
  • refurbishment of housings
  • torque control

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