SelfLube Bronze Bushings Are Solid For a Reason

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The SelfLube Bronze Bushing is a simple component that has significant physical characteristics that prevent damage in molds and dies. A simple solution for manufacturers in the United States, Canada and now regions in South America and Europe.

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SelfLube bushings are made with solid aluminum bronze and are available with or without self-lubricating graphite.

Aluminum bronze bushings used in die sets, metal stamping dies, molds and special machines are a key product for SelfLube.

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SelfLube, a U.S. manufacturer of mold and die components is a small, but very competent company, that successfully competes with much larger companies in the tool and die industry. SelfLube has been supplying components to companies throughout the United States and Canada for over 20 years, including an extensive list of solid bronze bushings.

SelfLube prefers to use solid aluminum bronze because of its physical characteristics - it is strong and it has "formability". Take a bushing for example, when used in a die or machine, if there is any misalignment a bushing will slightly re-form or re-distribute along the path of the movement. Using solid bronze also reduces the risk of galling, friction and any seizing up of a machine.

When SelfLube first opened its doors in 1990 it was mostly noted for manufacturing wear plates throughout the West Michigan area. Now days, it supplies nearly 8,000 part numbers and with wear plates, another popular one is the solid bronze bushings that ship not only throughout West Michigan, but also throughout the United States, Canada and now parts of South America and Europe.

According to owner Phil Allor, "Aluminum bronze bushings used in die sets, metal stamping dies, molds and special machines are a key product for SelfLube." Its bushing line consists of a variety of standard inch and metric sizes, including NAAMS bushing sizes and are available with or without self-lubricating graphite. These bushings include:

  • Shoulder bushings
  • Straight bushings
  • Guide pin bushings
  • Demountable guide pin bushings
  • Laminated style die bushings
  • Guided ejector bushings
  • NAAMS pad bushings
  • SOBF flanged bushings - metric
  • SPB straight bushings - metric
  • SPF flanged bushings - metric
  • LBBM shoulder bushings- metric
  • SEGB/ SEGBK ejector bushings - metric
  • Sprue bushings - AB series
  • Sprue bushings - AE/A series
  • Sprue bushings - UR/AR series

SelfLube also offers steel bushings and also makes custom bushings. The full bushing line can be seen on the company's website, along with CAD files that can be downloaded. SelfLube offers several different CAD formats that include: ACIS, STEP, Parasolid, IGES.

SelfLube is a US based manufacturer of precision mold and die components such as bushings, gibs, wear strips, parting line locks, lifter slides and related items - about 8,000 standard part numbers in all, many of which are self-lubricating. The company sells directly to build shops throughout North America and Canada, which results in both better pricing and better customer service. Its record for on time delivery is among the best in the industry.

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