GGB EP™63 Passes FAA Compliance Requirements

In accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), GGB EP™63 self-lubricating engineered plastic bearings recently passed a variety of flammability and toxicity tests for interior aircraft certification. The tests demonstrated that the EP®63 engineered plastic material is in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) 25.853 and 25.855, making it suitable for interior aircraft applications such as seats, hinges, latches and passenger bins.

To achieve the necessary compliance assessment, testing was administered and certified by three industry independent organizations: CREPIM, Cofrac and Nadcap (the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program). Technical experts from each organization performed conformity assessments designed by the FAA for cabin and cargo compartment materials, including resistance to flame when tested to a 60- and 12-second vertical Bunson burner test.

GGB’s EP™ polymer bearings provide excellent wear resistance and low friction in both dry and lubricated operating conditions over a wide range of applications. Consisting of nine different materials, the EP® series of engineered plastic materials is made of a variety of resins compounded with reinforcing fibers and solid lubricant. They exhibit excellent dimensional stability, low coefficients of friction, high compressive strength and creep resistance, low thermal expansion and good thermal conductivity.

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GGB is the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance, self-lubricating and prelubricated bearings with production facilities in the U.S., Germany, France, Brazil, Slovakia and China. The company serves more than 30,000 customers worldwide in a broad spectrum of applications and industries including automotive, fluid power, agricultural and construction equipment, sports and recreation equipment, renewable energy, primary metals and general industrial. Its product offerings include metal-polymer, engineered plastics, fiber reinforced composite, metal bearings and bushing blocks. Also provided are industry-leading R&D and testing capabilities, flexible manufacturing, technical support and a global network of istributors.