For over 35 years, Australian engineering and mechanical professionals have relied upon and trusted our bearings specialists here at Queensland Bearings. Our team draws from decades of combined knowledge to provide a total bearings solutions supply and service centre.

We stock the best in the business, including bearing manufacturing brands such as:

  • IKO
  • Koyo
  • Nachi
  • Timken
  • NSK 
  • FAG
  • SKF
  • Rollways and more

We supply bearings, bearing housings and bearing solutions to some of Australias biggest industries, including:

  • Steelworks
  • Medical and dental
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Mining industries
  • Wool and textile processing
  • Paper and printing industries
  • Engineering and mechanical
  • Automotive manufacturing and trades
  • Agriculture and much more

Our vast catalogue of bearings solutions features a wide range of pressed metal housing for WIR bearings. Read on to learn more about press metal housings.

What is a WIR bearing, and where are they used?

Wide inner ring bearings, abbreviated to WIR, are designed to be fastened in a machine or processing line within a housing; however, they are sometimes used as a stand-alone utility. 

They are designed to constrain relative motion to achieve a desired movement or direction, therefore, creating less friction during operation. Other benefits include:

  • The ability for high load capacity
  • Ease of fitting
  • Anti-rotation pin compatible
  • Can be regreased via a Zerk fitting
  • Wide range of applications

Some common machines and utilities you will often find WIR bearings include:

  • Agriculture machinery and appliances
  • Printing rollers and presses
  • Food production lines
  • Industrial conveyor belts
  • Wool processing machines
  • Production line roller and more

WIR bearings also come under different names in different industries and countries, including:

  • Insert bearings
  • Adapted radial bearings
  • Transmission bearings
  • Ball bearing units, and 
  • Adapted radial bearings
  • Bore bearing inserts

These bearings fit into a range of metal housings, one of the strongest and most affordable of which is made of pressed metal.

The benefits of pressed metal housings for WIR bearings

There is a wide range of different WIR bearing housings for various applications, some die-cast, some made high impact plastic, and some made with pressed metal. Pressed metal housing offers the cost-effectiveness of plastics, with the added benefit of the tensile strength of steel.

One of the greatest benefits of pressed metal is that the housing is formed in a press from one piece of metal, producing no joins or welds, therefore reducing any points of weakness.

Different types of press metal housings

There are many types of WIR pressed metal housings in our extensive catalogue, each providing a different shape and fastening configuration for various applications.

Some examples include:

  • Pressed metal pillow housing
  • Pressed metal plummer housing
  • Pressed metal round flared housing
  • Pressed metal square flared housing
  • Pressed metal triangular flared housing and more

We also have a range of WIR bearings pre-installed in pressed metal housings for convenience of application. 

Queensland Bearings: The obvious choice for quality bearings and press metal housings Australia-wide

For more information about our wide range of WIR pressed metal housings, WIR bearings, or any of our other bearing solutions, call our helpdesk on 0452 398 997.  

Drop into our warehouse just North of Brisbane at 2/260 Zillmere Road, Zillmere, and speak to one of our experienced bearings specialists in person, or fill in our convenient online contact form, and one of our team will respond promptly via email. No inquiry is too small!

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