Wheelmakers – Cam Followers

Cam Followers

Richmond’s innovative range of cam follower wheels are a solution to moving applications requiring single bolt/stub axle wheel mounting. This wheel series is found in heavy duty moving machinery, manufacturing/process production lines, crane applications, building construction applications and heavy-duty warehouse shelving systems. Unlike ISO Standard Cam Followers this series is constructed around precision ball bearings and grade 10.9 high tensile metric bolt axles. This provides engineers with the ability to size axle lengths to suit preferred mounting methods through structural beams, heavy plate or even small to large box sections. Ball bearings offer higher multidirectional capacity compared with needle roller bearings found in ISO standard Cam followers with the option to incorporate stainless steel bearings for corrosive applications or high temperature bearings for furnace, oven and bakery applications.

Standard Dimensions (refer to below table)

Product Specification Table

Part Number Wheel Diameter (mm)Wheel Width (mm)Shoulder Width (mm)Bolt Head Extension (mm)Frame Clamping Thickness (mm)Axle DiameterStandard Bolt LengthThread Length (mm)Load Capacity (kg)Bearing TypePDF DownloadCad Drawing Download
CAM50X30M1250302.542-16MMM12 (10.9 BOLT)M12X60304502RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM60X40M1660402.552-20MMM16 (10.9 BOLT)M16X80438502RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM75X45M207545365-25MMM20 (10.9 BOLT)M20X1006011002RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM90X50M249050375-30MMM24 (10.9 BOLT)M24X1106615002RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM110X60M3011060385-30MMM30 (10.9 BOLT)M30X1307922502RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM125X70M3612570395-30MMM36 (10.9 BOLT)M36X1509230002RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM150X80M42150803105-40MMM42 (10.9 BOLT)M42X17010550002RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload
CAM200X90M48200905118-45MMM48 (10.9 BOLT)M48X19011665002RS PRECISION BALL BEARING DownloadDownload

Standard Wheel Configuration Options

if our standard wheel configuration/capacity options don’t quite meet your project needs here are some examples of typical polyurethane tyred wheel configurations we can manufacture to suit your project needs exactly.

Buy Cam Followers from Richmond Wheel & Castor Co

Whatever industry you are in, whether packaging, food or pharmaceuticals plus many others, and whether you use agricultural machinery, cranes or other equipment, we have the cam followers to meet your needs. Our use of ball bearings rather than needle roller bearings means our heavy duty cam followers differ from conventional and lower quality bearings since all of the loading is concentrated at a single point rather than being distributed around the diameter or the bearing. As a result, they work effectively, can handle very heavy loads and are able to withstand intermittent and extreme shocks without danger of fracture.

Common Usage of Cam Followers

Although most people aren’t familiar with cam followers, these devices are present in many common pieces of equipment such as washing machines, dish washers and in cars, where the camshaft is a well known term. For industrial use, cam followers are commonly used in automation equipment, machine tools and material handling equipment amongst others.

Since the purpose of a cam is to convert rotary motion (around an axis) into linear motion (in a straight line), a cam follower is needed to make the transfer between the two types. It can also be employed in reverse to convert linear motion to rotary motion.

Typical Features of Cam Followers

In order to convert the motion as required, the cam follower needs to make a contact with the cam. Additionally, due to the wide variety of applications in which they’re used and the different types and sizes of machines, our cam followers come in an extensive range to suit every need.

Features of our cam followers include:

  • a thick walled outer ring that allows high radial and axial loads and at the same time reduces bending stresses and distortion
  • a crowned outer ring running surface that is helpful in applications where edge stresses need to be kept to a minimum or where outer ring tilting may occur relative to the track; this may result from incorrect mounting and aids in producing a long service life
  • easy mounting on machine components using a hexagonal nut or a threaded solid stud
  • multiple styles and sizes that include spherical or cylindrical outer rings, shield or sealed versions to prevent penetration by unwanted particles and cage or full complement design.

The Best Cam Followers for every Application

Our cam followers have excellent rotational performance, a low co-efficient of friction and are designed and manufactured for a long life even with high impact loads. We have different sizes, design options and materials to cater for all sorts of applications. These include stainless steel versions that are suitable for use in clean rooms due to their resistance to corrosion.

All are designed for efficient use, simple attachment and significant flexibility for a variety of applications that include office automation, industrial robotics and machine tools. Whatever equipment you have, if you need to convert rotary to linear motion, Richmond Wheel and Castor Co have a cam follower to meet your needs. If you’re unsure of the particular type you require, we’re here to help and can give all the advice you need.