About Riverhawk Company’s Flexural Pivot Product Line

Bendix Corporation originally patented and manufactured the Free-Flex® flexural pivot in 1961 for aerospace, commercial, and industrial bearing applications involving limited angular travel. As an alternative to rolling element bearings and other devices providing rotational support for limited angular rotation, the Free-Flex® Pivot offers superior operating characteristics. It has demonstrated performance and installed cost advantages over conventional bearings in many applications.

Through a series of acquisitions, the Free-Flex® pivot never left its original home until 2004 when the entire product line was purchased by Riverhawk Company. The purchase of the product line included all manufacturing equipment and documentation as well as several key personnel. Riverhawk Company’s management team includes many former employees of Bendix Corporation. In fact, one of Riverhawk Company’s founders father was instrumental in the development of the flex pivot product line.

Below is a timeline which shows the progression of Free-Flex® Pivot bearing over the past 50 plus years:

Evolution of the Free-Flex® PIVOT

  • Bendix Corporation 1955
  • Allied 1982
  • Allied Signal 1988
  • Lucas 1990
  • Lucas Varity 1996
  • TRW 2000
  • Goodrich Corporation 2002
  • Riverhawk Company 2004

Learn more about the history behind Riverhawk here.

Riverhawk’s Flexural Pivot Products

Riverhawk provides industry-leading products and custom engineering of infinite life, frictionless pivot bearings.

Member Organizations

Riverhawk is a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and sits on the coupling committee of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA).

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