Heim Rod Ends
The first integral rod end was invented by an RBC division
named Heim Bearings. The rod end is also referred to as the Heim Joint
named after the inventor Lewis Heim who founded the Heim Bearing Company.
While spherical plain bearings offer misalignment capability in a fixed
housing position; rod ends offer ease in mounting and adjustment of
position in installations such as mechanisms, linkages, and control
rods. Rod ends also provide a compact, lightweight, economical design
alternative to a conventional housing installation. Today, rod ends,
or Heim joints, can be found throughout industry in aircraft, helicopters,
jet engines, military vehicles, submarines and surface ships, transportation
equipment, agricultural and recreational vehicles, lawn and garden equipment,
material handling, and fluid power applications.
Heim Bearings Company offers the industry’s widest selection
of rod end types and sizes. Our product range includes Heim rod ends
with brass race inserts in standard, precision and high capacity designs;
high strength two piece designs; self-lubricating rod ends with engineered
thermoplastic races or high performance Teflon® liners, military standard
rod ends for the ultimate in rod end performance, ball bearing rod ends
which have extremely low friction and misalignment capability, and elastomeric
bearing rod ends that reduce vibration and noise in installations. Heim
rod ends are also available with a variety of platings, coatings and
materials, and with a wide range of optional features such as lubrication
fittings, left hand threads, and keyway slots. Rod ends are available
in both inch and metric sizes.
Precision Rod End Series
Manufactured to tight tolerances for
applications requiring a more precise rod end
Commercial Rod End Series
A low cost alternative to Heim precision rod ends
Metric Product Line - NEW!
Precision Aircraft Rod End Series
Uses high strength materials for demanding aerospace or industrial
Military (AS81935) Rod End Series
Rod ends qualified to AS81935 with self lubricating Uniflon®
Ball Bearing Rod End Series
Low friction, double row ball bearing rod end with misalignment
Elastomeric Bearing Rod Ends
Allows motion and dampens vibration. Contact RBC Heim Engineering
at 203-255-1512 for specific application needs
To serve the ongoing needs of customers, RBC has
a network of over 1,600 distributors and sales engineers throughout
North and South America and Europe, with authorized agents worldwide.
For assistance with your bearing application, contact our customer
service representatives at 800-390-3300.