Polymer (Plastic) Gears
BNL is well known for its plastic bearing designs and products, but the ongoing development of other, complementary technologies, is less publicised.
Research and Development
BNL has worked within the field of geared products and polymer, or plastic gears for a number of years. We have provided geared bearing products for customers in markets as diverse as motor sports to security cameras, and from photocopiers to window blinds.
As part of a strategy to improve and expand our existing capabilities, the New Technology Centre at BNL is spearheading the development of plastic gears and other key product areas we have identified as complementary to our existing product lines. The New Technology Centre is headed up by Kevin Smith, New Technology Manager, whose specialism is polymer gearing.
Development work will initially focus on BNL's current plastic gear technology and products and expand into other areas such as quality and accuracy of the gears.
We have the support of the British Gear Association and academic authorities on polymer gears in our development work and their assistance is gratefully received. Together we aim to develop polymer gear engineering and its application in product design.
"We were absolutely delighted when BNL decided to join the BGA this summer", said Andy Harry, BGA Technical Executive. "We have had a strong technical relationship now with BNL going back some 7 years and with Kevin Smith in particular. During that time we have helped each other with technical information, standards etc on plastic gears. The BGA looks forward to further developing this already strong relationship to work with BNL in a number of key areas such as R&D, knowledge transfer seminars and ISO Standards."
We will be expanding this section of our website to showcase our knowledge in this field and our involvement in this evolving technology...
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