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Hybrid Ball Bearing Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013495D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Ball bearings are rubbing elements. They can act create static charge when rubbed upon. Some of today's bearings use non-conductive ceramic ball bearings for added stiffness. However, this system can build up static charge that can lead to unwanted affects when the charges are discharged. This problem of static discharge can be eliminated by mixing a set of conductive balls with non-conducitve more rigid balls to achieve desired mechanical and electrical performance. 1