Products Catalog

Unit of Measure




N/A Upper

Slide Surface Thickness

N/A 1/16"

Slide Surface Material

N/A Stainless Steel

Back-Up Plate Thickness

N/A 1/4" PL

Back-Up Plate Material

N/A Corten Steel


N/A 12" x 12"

Tensile Strength

N/A 3500 psi


N/A 300 %

Specific Gravity

N/A 2.11-2.21


  • Slots and Holes If bolts pass through the elements, usually the upper element is slotted for movement; the lower element has holes in it. Add (2) slots 13/16 inch x 2 inch upper and (2) 13/16 inch holes lower.
  • Studs or Anchors If studs or anchors are welded to the back-up plate, use a back-up plate with a thickness approximately equal to the stud diameter. Add (2) 1/4 inch (Dia.) x 4 inch Nelson Studs.
  • High Temperature If the Bearing Point temperature exceeds 300°F add HT to the fallout.


  • The coefficient of friction plotted is a maximum value alter first movement breakaway. The friction values do not vary significantly with temperature; however, they will rise with increased speed.The graph values will increase approximately 45% for a speed increase to 10 in./min.
  • The epoxy compound used by CON-SERV Inc. has been tested and formulated for bonding CSA and CSB to backing materials. The bond strength developed has a safety factor of from 5 to 6 on a sliding shear, assuming no friction between the special PTFE and the back-up plate. We insure these strengths at temperatures between 300°F and 500°F with a special epoxy for HT bearings.


    Wear of CON-SLIDE bearings utilized in thermal expansion applications designed under the guidelines presented herein is negligible.CON-SERV Inc has independent laboratory tests available to certify to the performance of their bearings in cold weather climates. The tests were conducted per the original Alyeska Pipeline specification. Thermal cycling from -70°F to +100°F was performed on both CSA and CSB CON-SLIDE bearings. They proved to perform excellently.

    Ultraviolet Testing
    Tests indicate that our CSA and CSB materials show no ill effects from a time-accelerated test set up. The bearings once in place are protected by the envelope steel on either side of the CSA or CSB material as well as shading by the structure.

    Quality Control
    Our in-house Quality Control System insures the highest finished product quality. The system monitors the production from incoming raw materials to work in-progress to finished product. This system has been accepted by many of the major engineering and construction firms in the United States. These include Bechtel, Raytheon, Black and Veatch, Brown and Root, Foster Wheeler, Fluor Daniel, Stone and Webster and Jacobs Engineering.


    The following specification for CON-SLIDE Slide Bearings (Type CSB) will give the engineer a quality product when installed
    The bearing system consists of an upper element faced with stainless steel and a lower element faced with a filled PTFE. The stainless steel shall be no less than 20 gauge A210 Type 304 having a surface finish of less than 20 microinches RMS on the side in contact with the CSB. The stainless steel shall be epoxy bonded in the center as well as TIG stitch welded or spot welded around the periphery. The CSB is a nominal 1/16 inch glass-filled virgin PTFE factory bonded with a tested epoxy to a steel back-up plate. The bonding shall be done in a heated bonding press under a controlled time and pressure.
    The coefficient of friction shall average 0.05 under a compressive load ol 2000 psi. The compressive creep shall be a maximum of 2% at 2000 psi and 70°F.The elements shall be flat, clean and prepared for installation in the structure. Slots and holes if required shall be fabricated in the bearing manufacturer's plant.


    CON-SLIDE Bearings with PTFE flush with the steel back-up plate should be stitch welded only for attachment to the structure. A fillet weld 1 inch long every 6 inch on center each side of an element is satisfactory. Usually (1) tack weld each side is sufficient for elements 6 inch on a side or smaller. The recessed PTFE type hearing can be stitch welded or seal welded. Minimize heal input into the bearing with a skip and fill technique for seal welding (300° for standard bond and 500° for HT Bond).
    A CON-SLIDE set usually consists of the large pad or element being the upper unit over the smaller lower pad, thus eliminating the possibility of accumulating dirt or contaminants on the interface. The bearings will function with a larger lower pad, how ever. The PTFE surfaces of the bearings shall be maintained clean and free from grit, dirt or grease. Bearing elements with slots or holes should be welded in place for location. The hearing slide surfaces must be protected during welding and maintained clean and free from foreign matter. The surface (if PTFE) must not be exposed to the direct rays of sunlight. Keep the PTFE surfaces covered.
    Remove vinyl masking from stainless steel slide surfaces before final placement in the structure.
    Do not scratch or mar surfaces.