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What is a Ball Transfer Unit?

Kipp Ball transfer units are manufactured either with a solid steel housing or material with a different composition. Some have a felt seal to prevent dirt from getting into the housing. Ball transfer units find many uses in large machine construction companies or small workshops. Ball transfer units are mainly used to easily move heavy or sensitive commodities, e.g. in presses, inspection instruments or complex conveyor systems.



Ball transfer units are omnidirectional load-bearing spherical balls mounted inside a restraining fixture. They are identical in principle to a computer trackball (pointing device). Typically the design involves a single large ball supported by smaller ball bearings.


They are commonly used in an inverted ball up a position where objects are quickly moved across an array of units, known as a ball transfer table, a type of conveyor system. This permits manual transfer to and from machines and between different sections of another conveyor system.

The differentiated product range from KIPP includes ball transfer units with load ratings of 50 N as well as ball transfer units with load ratings of 15000 N. In total, the online shop from HEINRICH KIPP WERK offers over 40 different variations of ball transfer units. They are also available in different diameters. For instance, many ball transfer units are available in the mini versions.

The ball transfer units are available in solid steel housings or other materials and material qualities. Some have felt seal to prevent dirt from entering the housing. The ball can be chosen from the following materials.


- electro zinc-plated steel
- stainless steel

Load balls:

- steel
- stainless steel
- Polyamide (POM)

How do Ball Transfer Units work?

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