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Gelenkköpfe der HIRSCHMANN GMBH

Heavy duty rod ends and Spherical bearings

As one of the leading manufacturers of heavy-duty spherical bearings and rod ends HIRSCHMANN offers its customers a wide range of maintenance free bearings up to high-end solutions as an extremely light aluminium-titanium lightweight bearing.

The application scope for our durable and reliable spherical bearings and rod ends is manifold: vehicle construction, aerospace, railed vehicles, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, turbine construction, wind power plants or packaging machines are only a few examples. For vehicle construction and race sport we deliver high-tensile chassis joints, tie rods, wishbones, pull rods, strut mounts, support bearings and push rods.

Numerous serial products are available ex stock.

Since foundation of the company in 1957 we are focused on spherical bearings. While HIRSCHMANN from 1957 until 1967 imported UNIBAL bearings and rod ends from USA, in 1961 the own production of bearings was started in the own factory in Fluorn-Winzeln. Today, with a wide range of serial products and customized special solutions, HIRSCHMANN belongs to the leading suppliers of spherical bearings and rod ends.

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Market Automotive / Aerospace

Heavy Duty Spherical Bearings Technology

HIRSCHMANN bearing technology is used by many well-known vehicle manufacturers, such as Porsche, Audi, BMW or VW in race sport and in sporty street cars. The chassis components manufactured in maintenance free and rust proof version are developed for demanding applications in race sport and on street and can be integrated in OEM developing components.

The newest generation of HIRSCHMANN SPHERICAL BEARINGS now decisively contributes to race sport: aluminium-titanium lightweight bearings reach the same performance data as used up to now standard bearing technology. But with a one significant difference – the innovative development convinces with a weight reduction of about 50%. That means more driving dynamics in all situations – in braking, in acceleration and in turns.

You can also benefit from our know-how and our long experience in spherical bearing technology

Radträger Automobilbau
Requirements in aerospace are extreme: bearing elements have to compensate not only highest loads but should also be very light. Here counts each gram.

For many years HIRSCHMANN offers special lightweight products for these requirements. Our bearings fly in satellites through the orbit and in aircrafts between the continents.

We are pleased to develop together with you solutions for your complex requirements.

Market Aerospace  Tie-Rods
Satellit umkreist die Erde

Innovation: lightweight

High-End Aluminium-Titanium Lightweight bearings
- Half weight at same performance

For high-end area we offer supporting and sliding ball joints and chassis joints in aluminium-titanium lightweight construction. The innovative development with high-tensile aluminium outer ring, an inner ball in titanium and a special HIRSCHMANN PTFE liner with stainless steel fabric convinces with a weight reduction of about 50 per cent. That means more driving dynamics in all situations – in braking, in acceleration and in turns.

Also the value for money of our newest product developed by the bearing technology competence centre is unbeatable regarding its various advantages compared to a standard plain bearing.

Since market launch in 2015 HIRSCHMANN aluminium-titanium lightweight bearings passed test run in race technology superbly. The trendsetting component is already used successfully in LMP1 race.

The newest innovation of HIRSCHMANN SPHERICAL BEARINGS can be used for all applications in which lightweight construction and weight reduction are decisive criteria, besides automotive engineering especially in aerospace industry, modelmaking or medical technology.

To "Innovation: lightweight"  
Anwedungsbeispiele Doppelgelenklager

Heavy-duty Double Rod Ends

Double rod ends are variable, customized components with different dimensions, which can be manufactured in various types and materials. Possible are solid, adjustable, set, curved, round or flat versions.

Scope of Application

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Machine Building
  • Turbine Industry
  • Aircraft Industry
Tell us your requirements, we are pleased to make you an offer.

In our product data base you can find more than 5000 rod ends and spherical bearings with detailed description and material short text. You can also download our product catalogue with all general information.

Product Database  Catalogues (PDF)
Trag- und Führungsglenke

Supporting and Sliding Ball Joints

We deliver supporting and sliding ball joints for leading automotive manufacturers and race sport teams. These joints are designed for high radial and axial load transfers and they are characterized by a small friction coefficient and less deformation under load. Further characteristics are low weight and a wide temperature range for application. Supporting and sliding ball joints connect wishbone and strut (wheel bearing housing).


  • large radial/axial load transfers
  • smallest possible installation space
  • stiffer bearing performance
  • low break loose and friction torque
  • high-tensile ball journal, 100% crack detected
  • compact construction
  • seal collar - material CR


Anwendungsbeispiel Längslenker

Control arm

Anwendungsbeispiel Querlenker (Vorderachse)

Wishbone (front suspension)

Anwendungsbeispiel Querlenker (Hinterachse)

Wishbone (rear suspension)

Anwendungsbeispiel Spur- und Koppelstange

Tie rod and coupling bar

Anwendungsbeispiel Stabilisatorstütze

Stabilizer bar

Anwendungsbeispiel Stütz- und DOM-Lager

Support and strut bearings

Anwendungsbeispiel Trag- und Führungsgelenk

Ball joints

Kundenspezifische Anwendungsbeispiele

Customized solutions

Special solutions around rod ends and spherical bearings

At HIRSCHMANN high-tensile rod ends, spherical bearings and special parts as chassis joints, supporting and sliding ball joints, thrust bearings, support bearings, strut mounts, tie rods and push-rods are are assembled not only in large quantities.

Design and manufacturing already for quantity „one piece“

HIRSCHMANN designs and manufactures customized versions already for quantity „one piece“. For higher quantities we offer just-in-time delivery and latest logistics concepts.

Individual Solutions

Together with you our specialists discuss your requirements concerning strength, tilting effect, friction torque, radial and axial stiffness, torque and weight. If requested, we manufacture extreme low-friction joint or joints free of clearance.

Manufacturing in our certified factory in Germany

We manufacture in our factory situated in Fluorn-Winzeln (Baden-Württemberg) according to quality standards ISO 9001 and EN91000.

You are interested?

Please send us your inquiry. You can also use the contact form for your request.

Inquiry Form Rod Ends/ Spherical bearings 

Inquiry Form double spherical bearings


Technical Notes

Correct dimensioning of bearing size and type selection according operation conditions are the basis for a long lasting, trouble-free operation of the rod ends and spherical bearings.

If you want to make the calculation by your own, you can find all relevant information and formula in the document „Technical Information“. Of course we are pleased to calculate and dimension the rod ends or spherical bearings requested by your case of application. Please contact our technical sales staff.

Technical NotesTechnical Advice

Type overview rod ends Type overview spherical bearings

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