Glyco Bearings

Federal-Mogul Talks Bearings

The engine bearing is vital to reducing friction and preventing wear on the engine parts. Making sure a bearing is neither too soft nor too hard is a tricky balance, but Federal-Mogul has cracked the combination with Glyco.

A certain level of softness is important to help a sliding bearing bed-in during an engine’s running-in phase. Yet, for the rest of the engine’s life the bearing needs to be hard to remain durable. With Glyco OE bearings being installed in over 10 million engines a year, it seems that they have it mastered.


Strength in Layers

The Glyco-188 bearing material features a layered construction of bronze and tin-nickel, which is applied to a steel spine. The nickel layer between the bronze and tin-nickel prevents the tin atoms from diffusing into the bronze layer. Advanced production methods are used to add an extra layer of tin and copper; this combination works to achieve the perfect balance of durability and malleability.


A Transformative Process

The initial softness enables the bearing to bed-in successfully and adjust to the surface structure of the crankshaft, a process which is also assisted by the heat from the engine. Over time, the nickel layer atoms and the tin atoms diffuse to build up the tin-nickel layer, which then becomes harder, more durable and more fatigue resistant. This results in a bearing material which resists very high loads, avoids deformation, and meets the need for a lead-free solution.


Quality Without Question

Glyco bearings are OE quality, meaning your customers can have total confidence in their product. Over 1500 Glyco bearings are available through FPS for same/ next-day delivery; for more details of the full range speak to your local FPS representative or visit the F:Drive.

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