Legal requirements for bearing materials

The use of materials for technical products is regulated in various directives. These directives set limit values for materials which pose a risk to health or the environment, and which are used in industrial applications.

KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings are available made from materials which conform to these directives.

Unleaded KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings

KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings are available made from materials whose manufacturing processes are performed without the use of hazardous substances. As such, these materials conform to the mentioned directives. These substances include – in particular – emulsifiers containing PFOA, which are used in the chemicals industry for processing PTFE, for example. KS Gleitlager has developed new process technology methods which preclude all toxic risks for employees, customers and the environment.

KS PERMAGLIDE® materials that conform to the mentioned directives include: P14, P147, P200, P202, P203

Directive

  • RoHS, 2011/65/EU or 2002/95/EC

    Directive "Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances" (in electrical and electronic equipment)

    Scope of application

    • Electrical and electronics industry: Electrical and electronic equipment
    • Valid for EU member states

    The aim of the directive is to reduce the use of hazardous substances such as mercury, chromium or lead in electronic equipment. In the EU, several types of military and medical equipment are exempted from RoHS-conformity.

    Limit values according to RoHS

    The highest permissible concentration in homogeneous materials as a percentage of weight

    • Lead (Pb), 0.1%
    • Mercury (Hg), 0.1%
    • Cadmium (Cd), 0.01%
    • Hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), 0.1%
    • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), 0.1%
    • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), 0.1%

    KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings containing lead can be used in applications with no legal restrictions. The advantages of materials containing lead are their good dry running and emergency running properties. The low friction values and high durability of the maintenance-free and low-maintenance KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings increase the energy efficiency of equipment and machines. The use of additional lubricants can be reduced or omitted entirely.

    RoHS conformity declaration for lead free products

    KS Gleitlager GmbH hereby declares that all lead free products do not contain hazardous substances in a higher concentration as listed in the attached guideline 2011/65/EU "Restricted use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronical devices". The concentration Iimits are also measured in weight percentages as given in Amex II.

    KS PERMAGLIDE® materials that conform to the mentioned directives include: P14, P147, P200, P202, P203.

  • EU REACH Regulation

    All KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings conform to the EU REACH Regulation.
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    REACH-Regulation

    As a manufacturer and supplier KS Gleitlager GmbH is also affected by REACH. We are aware of our obligations under REACH.

    Our products, bearings, and castings, are articles in terms of REACH and do not include any substances listed in annex XIV of the REACH-regulation.

    Products manufactured in our plants and foundries do not include Substances of Very High Concern oft he latest Candidate-List (last updated: 7th July 2017). We are checking the Candidates-List twice a year.
    We will inform you unprompted if articles contain any substances of the latest Candidate-List.

    For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

    REACH conformity declaration

  • End of Life Vehicle Directive, 2000/53/EC

    Scope of application

    • Automotive industry: Motor vehicles, including their components and materials
    • Valid for EU member states

    The aim of the directive is to promote the recycling of old vehicles and their components, and to reduce vehicle waste and production waste. Dangerous substances such as mercury, chromium or lead may not be used in vehicles or their components. Exceptions are outlined in Appendix II to directive 2000/53/EC.

KS PERMAGLIDE® plain bearings conform to the EU REACH Regulation