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Toughmet Bearing Comparison

The properties of Materion Performance Alloys’ high-strength, copper-nickel-tin ToughMet® alloys provide many advantages in demanding end-use applications that range from aerospace bearings to heavy equipment linkage bushings to oil and gas equipment components and industrial power train bushings.

Read a case study describing results and overall cost savings when a customer made the change from OEM steel bearings to ToughMet on an excavator bucket.




Watch our latest video of L&H Industrial's Product Line Director, Philip Mooren, discussing the benefits of using ToughMet bushings in heavy mining equipment. Compared to other materials, ToughMet lasts longer, carries more load, requires less maintenance and virtually eliminates unplanned equipment repairs.


Watch our video with Hess Corporation engineers and learn how ToughMet Couplings have substantially cut costs in their deviated oil wells. Read our latest feature article on ToughMet in the September issue of American Oil & Gas Reporter. The article discusses the next generation of metallurgical capabilities that can meet the demands of the world's most challenging field applications. See the full article here: New Metallurgy Improves Performance.


Bowman International Ltd. provides wrapped bearings made from strips of high-strength ToughMet alloy. The BowMet product line features standard size, thin-walled wrapped bearings with all the benefits ToughMet provides in machined bearings. Watch our video with Steve Hancock, sales director of Bowman International, as he discusses the benefits of using the material. Read an article about Bowman and BowMet bearings in Industrial Technology (see pages 18 & 19).

Commercial Aerospace Components

ToughMet alloy provides high strength, durability and stability under extreme loads and the wide range of temperatures experienced during flights. Resists galling, corrosion and wear.


  • Landing gear
  • Wheels and brakes
  • Control surface and actuator bushings and bearings
  • Compression fit airframe fasteners
  • Connectors in electronic systems

Learn about our alloys for commercial aerospace components.

Heavy Equipment Linkage Bushings

ToughMet alloy supports heavier loads and increases equipment uptime in high pressure, low speed applications. Resists wear and corrosion by debris. It is anti-galling and allows heavy edge loading.


  • Mining shovel and dragline undercarriage bearings
  • Large excavator bucket bushings
  • Continuous miners
  • Extrusion press plates
  • Marine prop shaft bushings
  • Logging machinery

Learn about our alloys for heavy equipment linkage bushings.

Oil and Gas Equipment Components

ToughMet has attributes beyond those found in high-strength copper alloys used in high temperature, high pressure regimes. It resists corrosion, erosion and wear. It is non magnetic and highly machinable.


  • MWD, LWD, directional drilling tools
  • Drill bit bearings
  • Well-head control and manifold systems
  • Landing systems
  • ROV systems
  • Fluid control systems

Learn about our alloys for oil & gas equipment components.

High Performance Power Train Bushings

ToughMet alloy provides longer life in higher speed, lower pressure applications. Eliminates galling and has high static and fatigue strength. Highly machinable. Low friction allows for cold starts.


  • Racing valve guides and seats
  • Gear box thrust washers
  • Engine and generator bearings
  • Valve spring retainers
  • Camshaft bearings

Learn about our alloys for high performance power train bushings.