Advantages of bronze material for industrial applications As a material, bronze has tremendous qualities that make it ideal for bearings and bushings.
It would be difficult to find a better material for applications in corrosive environments, including salt, dust, or any type of harsh environment. As a material, bronze generates less friction and heat, which helps to increase the life of the part. For example, a steel part on a steel component will eventually fail sooner than a bronze part on a steel component. Bronze has very good lubricity and bronze bushings can be self-lubricating by inlaying graphite to provide continuous lubrication throughout the life of the bearing or other equipment fitting.
The main disadvantage of bronze material is the cost. As its basic element is copper, this makes it relatively more expensive than other materials. However, when combined with factors such as the life and performance of bronze bearings and bushings, the upfront cost investment is quickly recouped over the operational life of the part.