Specialised (bespoke) bearings

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What is the difference between a normal rolling bearing and a bespoke bearing?

Generally, a bespoke bearing is a rolling bearing, but with the addition of either atypical dimensions, integrated special features, or it fulfils certain ancillary features of the application or customer requirements.

Roller bearings in motor vehicles or in other applications are, generally, subject to stringent requirements of quality and precision. It comes down to accuracy, longevity and a strict adherence to the specification. Independent of whether needle bearing, deep groove ball bearing, angular bearing or above all bespoke bearings. Roller bearings must withstand strong forces, display a certain rigidity and guarantee a high degree of operational accuracy. In addition longevity, minimal vibration and low noise is expected.

Standard rolling bearings do a really good job within the framework of industrial applications. In many cases though, demands on compatibility to the respective customer interface are required. Conventional bearings cannot always adequately fulfil these demands and this is when so called bespoke bearings, presenting different characteristics, benefits and features, are designed, dependent upon the explicit application. As an expert in rolling bearings ROLLAX offers exactly this collaboration. We analyse your application and interfaces. Our design department changes the bearing geometry and, if necessary, introduces additional features that would under normal circumstances be achieved by additional components, and higher costs. The combination of different bearing types (e.g., Ball bearing and needle bearing) is also a viable option. The result is a bespoke bearing – made by ROLLAX.

Optimisation of functionality by means of application specific bearings

ROLLAX bespoke bearings are, fundamentally, adapted specifically to the respective customer needs and particular application. Further benefits are:

  • A bearing, when compared to a conventional products, specifically made to measure. (System bearing)
  • Additional cost saving due to functional amalgamation of different bearing types  
  • provided it’s specified: Increased longevity.
  • Designed specifically to an individual application.
  • Fully independent package, not an off-the-shelf catalogue specification
  • Due to the high level of automation no, or very little, extra cost 

ROLLAX designs and manufactures bespoke bearings that are precisely tailored to the requirements of the application. In this way we enhance the bearing solution you need. We can improve on the functionality of your product and as such increase your competitiveness. 

ROLLAX maintains the relevant software tools (MESYS) for calculating the exact geometry of the rolling elements (e.g., Needle shape) needed in the customer application. Both axial and radial forces as well as shaft deflection and oscillation are taken into account.

Our bespoke bearings are predestined for precision applications

For more than forty years we have been concerned with motion technology in general and rolling element technology in particular. We have constantly advanced the technology and improved the functionality of our specialised bearings. That is one reason why you can be certain that all components – whether rolling elements, bearing bushes, or cages, are the latest technology.

Customer specific solutions

One-Way Bearing

One-Way Bearing

  • Bi-directional one-way roller bearing
  • Very high locking torque
  • Engage/disengage by means of release wheel
High-Load bearing

High-Load bearing

  • High-capacity axial bearing with very high axial load carrying capacity
  • Available w/wo housing and thrust washer.


  • Vibration absorption between motor and bodywork
  • Welded sandwich assemblies made from steel and sintered steel
Ball Cage

Ball Cage

Specialised applications (Linear guides and rotational solutions etc.)

Linear Guides

Linear Guides

  • Linear guides for various applications
  • Customisable
  • Tolerance compensation using varied needle assortment
Double Roller Thrust Bearings

Double Roller Thrust Bearings

  • Double-roller sleeve bearing for high-capacity load carrying systems
  • High-precision and tilt rigidity by integration of two needle bearings in a stepped bushing
Deep Groove Ball Bearings

Deep Groove Ball Bearings

  • Deep groove ball bearing with high axial and radial load capacity
  • customer tailored solution
  • Available as four-point-bearing
Axial Thrust Cage

Axial Thrust Cage

  • Customisable
  • Minimal installation space requirement

Our specialised bearings are sought after in numerous industries

We are primarily active in the automotive industry, as specialists for needle bearings, deep groove bearings and angular ball bearings, equipping nearly all leading manufacturers with our products – highly functional rolling bearings – we also manufacture specialised bearings for applications, in other industries. Examples can be found in the following fields:

  • Specialised bearings for the most diverse types of printers 
  • Special axial and four-point bearings for ball screw drives
  • Rolling bearings for very high temperature applications
  • Thrust bearings for clutches 
  • Specialised bearings for tool spindles
  • Spindle bearings in the steering column
  • Specialised needle bearings for balance shafts

Our customer specific solutions are preferred by:

  • Adient
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • Brano
  • BYD
  • Chrysler
  • Daimler
  • Demag
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Honda
  • Iveco
  • Lada
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Opel
  • Perma-tec
  • Porsche
  • PSA
  • Renault
  • Scania
  • Tesla
  • Volvo
  • VW-Group
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ROLLAX – We’ll keep you moving

The international automotive industry has relied on Rollax systems and components since 1972. ROLLAX is synonymous with the highest quality in specialised bearings and mechanical motion technology. We conceptualize, design and manufacture vehicle chassis applications, gearbox, steering column and seating solutions, to your specifications.

Highly qualified employees, and dedicated in-house machine and tool manufacture as well as a vast number of patents, provide a sound foundation for our quality products and the desired flexibility in manufacturing.

Creativity and expertise are our major competitive assets. Holistic thinking and challenging the boundaries of existing knowledge are integral to our company culture.

You benefit, as an automotive industry customer, from our experience, gained over many years with renowned and influential OEM and first-tier suppliers. You also benefit from our mechanical motion solutions tailored specifically to your needs. Movement and mobility in automotive engineering are our core competences.

No movement, no mobility – neither now nor in future.

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