Polymer bearings and custom molded components are featured in a variety of appliances, including refrigerators, HVAC, vacuum cleaners, dish washers, ovens, washer and dryers. Specifically, plastic molded parts in appliances include, but are not limited to:

  • Fasteners
  • Bushings
  • Stoppers, cushions, bumpers
  • Door Hinge Pivots
  • Roller Bearings
  • Gears, Clutches
  • Belt Tensioners
  • Wear Strips
  • Idler Wheels
  • Spacers
  • Door and drawer Glides
  • Washer Appliance Plastic Bearing Applications

It is important that plastic bearings and custom molded solutions in appliance applications provide noise isolation, reduced friction and vibration dampening while withstanding wear and tear. The operation of many appliances require components to function at extreme temperatures while being exposed to water, chemicals and solvents. Plastic molded components can withstand water without need for protective coating, unlike metal. Thomson Nyliner experts are equipped to help you select the right material and shape to meet your required specifications.

Thomson Nyliner Engineered Polymers (TEP)

Thomson Nyliner products are molded from a group exclusively blended thermoplastics and unique additives referred to as TEP. Each TEP is designed to resist chemicals, cleaners, and other potentially degrading agents. To help reduce friction on bearings and custom molded products, we offer self-lubricating materials. Our experts can assist you in selecting the best TEP for your appliance application.

Features Straight Sleeve
Straight Sleeve Bearings | Thomson Nyliner
Single Flange
Type 5
Double Flange
Double Flanged
Wide Range of Size Options Y Y Y
Multiple Resin Options Y Y Y
Thin Wall Construction Y Y Y
Compensation Gap Y Y Y
Carbon Steel Outer (Optional) Y    
Lubrication Groove (Optional) Y    
Anti-Rotation Key (Optional)   Y  
Snap Fit     Y


Thin Wall Construction

Thin wall construction is important for bearings with tight tolerances, preventing heat buildup and potential for bearing failure.

Built-in Axial Slot

A standard feature of every Thomson Nyliner bearing is the built-in axial slot that allows the bearing diameter to adjust automatically due to variations in temperature or humidity.