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ACM TriboSlide

Due to the continuing and common problems associated with the currently used support pad materials ACM Composite Bearings has, in conjunction with a number of major ship owners and fleet managers, developed a new material that satisfies all requirements of this very arduous application.

This newly developed material, because of its excellent bearing characteristics coupled with its high load capability, has been successfully trialled on a number of vessels resulting in reduced maintenance and zero down time. Consequently ACM Composite Bearings is now supplying container vessel support pads to major ship owners and fleet managers worldwide.

The use of the ACM TriboSlide material also prevents marine growth, cathodic chalking and bimetallic corrosion making them the ideal solution for this application.

The competitive price of the ACM TriboSlide material offers the ship owner/fleet manager considerable reduction in costs for both new build and repair over conventional bronze/bronze graphite pads. A further cost advantage is that the ACM pads have no after sales value hence total  elimination of theft during loading and unloading of the containers is achieved.

In addition it has been proven that the wear of the ACM TriboSlide material is considerably less than the conventional bronze/bronze graphite support pads hence longer life is achieved – a further cost reduction. Also, because of the higher load capability of the ACM TriboSlide material when compared to bronze, spreading under load does not occur hence the removal of the pads for inspection/replacement is less time consuming resulting in a further cost reduction.

The ACM TriboSlide material can be manufactured to any design/size required and can be used as a direct replacement for both bronze and steel support pads. The ACM TriboSlide material can operate under dry, grease, sea water or oil lubrication and can be used against many different mating surfaces including mild steel, hardened steel, stainless steel, chrome plated steel and nitrided surfaces.

As a world class supplier ACM Composite Bearings offers a professional service with technical support from their experienced team of plastic technologists/application engineers including, design recommendation, technical proposals and quotation, machining recommendations and bearing installation assistance.


  • Competitive price
  • Short delivery time (repair 48 hours)
  • High load capability
  • Counter face friendly
  • Excellent shock resistance
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Good elasticity
  • Low swell characteristics
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Low friction
  • Pollution free operation
  • Low wear rate – long life
  • Minimal creep
  • Does not encourage galvanic corrosion


Key Properties

  • Swell in water (volume): < 0.15%
  • Creep: negligible