ITI Ball manufacturers custom precision balls. ITI Ball manufactures precision balls in any material from ceramic precision balls to tungsten carbide precision balls.
A wide variety of precision balls are available. Their applications are varied as well. Stainless steel precision balls are commonly used in sterile environments like food processing where they will be subjected to organic chemicals or other corrosive elements.
Types of Precision ball products
- 52100 Steel Balls – These precision 52100 balls will help you eliminate the scrap, expensive rework and shipping delays associated with carrying ball inventories that don’t meet your needs.
- Ceramic Balls – Like plastics and other non-metals, ceramic balls are available in a host of compositions and formulations. This data sheet covers many of the general properties shared by ceramic balls, and lists specific characteristics of different materials.
- Cobalt-Base Alloy Balls – Cobalt balls (also known as Stellite Balls) are used in extreme wear and temperature applications, particulary where lubrication is marginal.
- Copper Balls – Copper spheres are used in Ball Grid Array (BGA) applications and attached to the chip with a high-melting alloy. The copper micro-spheres produce a controlled stand-off. The superior properties of copper make these spheres ideal for replacing traditional tin/lead alloys for lead-free applications
- Glass Balls – Because their polished surfaces provide an extremely good seal, glass balls are ideal for check valves in food processing, pharmaceutical, and photographic processing equipment. Black glass balls are used in flowmeters, slip and turn indicators, and other aircraft instrumentation. Fiber optics applications often rely on glass balls because they can be made optically clear.
- Hollow Balls – Hollow Balls are used in applications where either flotation or weight savings are required. In vent valves or overflow valves, hollow balls are required to float in a liquid and seal against a seat when the liquid rises to a predetermined level. Hollow balls can be manufactured from various metals from 1/4″ up to 20.00″.
- Inspection Products – Gage balls do what gage blocks can’t. Like gaging I.D.’s, internal tapers, flatness and more.
- Automotive – ITI has over 50 years experience as an OEM supplier, something you need when designing close-tolerance automotive and small engine parts. Rather than working with the same old design limitations—turn to ITI for innovative design solutions which will propel your company into the next century. Turn your design visions into reality.
- Valve and Flow – In the flow control industry “zero leaks” is a critical customer demand. This demand requires using extremely close-tolerance component parts. Maintaining “zero leaks” is difficult—NOT IMPOSSIBLE with ITI.
- Nickel Alloy Balls – Monel is used in non-oxidizing corrosive environments as are encountered in chemical, pharmaceutical, marine, petroleum, textile, laundry, pulp and paper applications. It is commonly used with sea water, dilute sulfuric acid and it is highly resistant to alkaline (caustic) solutions.
- Plastic Balls – Plastic balls are ideal for light-load bearings and flow control applications. Because they are quiet, plastic balls are often selected for use in office furniture, bearings, medical products, and similar applications. They’re also used exclusively in flow control applications in pharmaceutical, food processing, and chemical processing equipment.
- Precision Balls – A wide variety of precision balls are available. Their applications are varied as well. Stainless steel precision balls are commonly used in sterile environments like food processing where they will be subjected to organic chemicals or other corrosive elements.
- Ruby Saphire Balls – Like plastics and other non-metals, ruby saphire balls are available in a host of compositions and formulations. This data sheet covers many of the general properties shared by ceramic balls, and lists specific characteristics of different materials.
- Specialty Steel Balls – M-50 is produced by a combination of vacuum induction melting and consumable electrode remelting. This alloy has excellent resistance to softening at high service temperatures. M-50 also has a good degree of oxidation resistance and features the high compressive strength characteristics of high-speed tool steels. 52100 bearing steel is a moderately deep hardening alloy having high resistance to wear, medium toughness and low resistance to softening at high temperatures. With proper heat treatment, 52100 has excellent stability in the hardened condition.
- Stainless Steel Balls – A wide variety of stainless steels are available. Their applications are equally varied. Austenitic types of stainless steel, including 18-8, 316 and the patented Carpenter 20Cb-3 are chosen mainly for their corrosion resistance. Martensitic steels such as 440-C are used in applications which require a combination of corrosion resistance and physical properties of hardness, toughness and dimensional stability.
- Tungsten Carbide Balls – Tungsten carbide (TC) balls are used where extreme hardness and wear resistance is required; in such applications as bearings, ball screws, valves and flowmeters. They are also used for coining and as pivots, detents and tips for gages and tracers. Decimal-inch sized tungsten carbide balls are widely used for ballizing (below) or measuring hole sizes (see Inspection Products data sheet.) They are also used for inspection tools, comparative checking and gaging.
- Welded Ball Assembly – Welded ball assemblies are used in many industries. In the oil and gas industry welded ball assemblies are used in several applications. In pilot controlled gas back pressure regulators the welded ball assemblies are called pilot plugs or snap plugs. Pilot plug assemblies consist of two balls welded on opposite ends of a short stem or shank.
- Large diameter steel balls – Industrial Tectonics Inc (ITI) is stepping up production of large diameter steel balls to meet strong customer demand for high quality domestic requirements.
- Burnishing balls – It is a metal-displacement process,in which, an oversize ball is pushed through an undersize hole. The ball expands the hole by displacing an amount of material equal to the interference fit.