Date Published: May 20, 2024

Bearings are often underestimated despite their crucial role in ensuring smooth and reliable motion control in various machines, especially within today's intricate automated manufacturing systems. The evolution of bearing technology has been extensively recorded, particularly since the significant advancements in metal-forming processes over two centuries ago, laying the foundation for modern bearings. Today, with the rising need for precise motion control and advanced automation, a wide array of bearing designs has emerged, featuring compact, lightweight, and versatile thin section bearings.


Nestled in the vicinity of Oxford and amidst a hub of cutting-edge technology companies spanning motorsport, nuclear, medical, defence, and aerospace sectors lies precision bearing experts, CARTER MANUFACTURING. Serving as the European distributors of Silverthin precision thin section bearings, Carter Manufacturing boast a team of highly skilled engineers, offering customers a blend of expertise in bearing design for optical equipment. This provides invaluable access to Carter’s R&D facilities, featuring the UK’s most advanced bearing simulation software, pivotal in identifying optimal designs of thin section bearings for contemporary optical applications.


Advantages of Silverthin Bearings in Optical Applications


Silverthin thin section bearings were initially manufactured for defence and military applications, addressing the need for precise rotation of advanced optical equipment with top-notch speed and accuracy. Advanced optical tracking systems require components that offer weight and space efficiency alongside unparalleled positional precision, a criterion impeccably met by Silverthin bearings. Renowned for their exceptional stiffness and torque performance, encapsulated within a sleek and lightweight thin cross-section, Silverthin bearings stand out as the ideal choice for numerous OEMs in civilian and defence domains.


Contemporary Applications of Silverthin Bearings


Within the domain of optical applications, one finds the Gyro-Stabilised Gimbal Platforms, playing a pivotal role in stabilising cameras, sensors, or other payloads. These sophisticated systems ensure a consistent orientation while mitigating unnecessary vibrations or activities. Comprising three prime elements like sensors, gyroscopes, and motors, they operate seamlessly to detect angular velocity, provide feedback on position, and adjust the gimbal's orientation swiftly to counteract turbulence. This technology enables the capture of smooth, steady footage or data even in challenging settings like moving vehicles or unstable environments. In the present day, these systems find widespread use in surveillance, film production, remote sensing, and aerial photography to acquire high definition, stable photographs and data.








Understanding the Dynamics of Orbital Camera Rigs


In the realms of filmmaking and photography, specialised devices known as camera gimbals are employed to capture dynamic, sweeping shots. These gimbals typically involve a camera fastened on a revolving arm or track mechanism, facilitating smooth circular or orbital motion around a middle point. By regulating the speed and course of this rotary motion, filmmakers can generate visually captivating effects, like encircling a subject, unveiling a panoramic view and replicating the feeling of orbiting in space. Such gimbals find widespread use in cinematic productions, including documentaries, feature films, music videos, and commercials, where shots are enhanced with dramatic movement and visual depth, to submerge their viewers in the scene. The slim design of Silverthin thin section bearings reduces the space necessary for the bearing setup, enabling the creation of exceptionally sleek and lightweight camera rigs, thereby optimising flexibility and mobility.