DRIE-D Mechanical Motion

Bearing Technology

Think different

Radically new designs, proven engineering

Setting new standards in solutions for everything that needs to rotate or slide (or a combination of both).  The engineers at DRIE-D are specialized in designing the best bearings for any application in demanding markets like offshore, dredging, civil structures, handling and mission equipment, taking advantage of our D-glide® composite.

D-glide®  bearings allow higher loads than virtually all other plain bearings and have less friction and less wear.  To create the best possible bearing designs, it is essential that all the right choices are made. To meet this purpose, DRIE-D has put together a team of dedicated and experienced engineers, pure specialists thriving on the challenges of the modern engineering world.

D-glide® Composite

Smooth solutions for rough challenges

Our specially developed durable D-glide® composite bearing material (often called FRP) allows for technical opportunities that exceed those of all traditional bearings. D-glide® composite bearings can bear high loads, have ultra low friction values, are extremely wear resistant and can operate maintenance free.

DRIE-D has an experienced and specialized team of engineers, that develops custom bearings for your motion challenges, using the properties our D-glide® composite material in the most optimal way.

Design & Engineering

Creating new limits

Our dedicated engineers work in teams to create the best possible solution. Pure specialists thriving on the challenges of modern world engineering. We can design and engineer solutions for your mechanical motion challenge, or one of our engineers can join your team to integrate the use of sustainable D-glide® in your bearing solution.

Sustainable & Innovation

Environmental and maintenance friendly

The use of D-glide® rules out requirement of lubrication for the bearings developed. This results in sustainable bearings that can be deployed in any type of environment without risk on pollution by lubricant. For the production of D-glide® no hazardous substances are used, making the material itself sustainable as well. A third advantage follows from a different and innovative design approach. This approach often allows for more compact designs, including additional advantages or redundancy built into the bearing system.

Involvement of our bearing specialists from the conceptual phase of your engineering project gives optimal opportunity to explore progressive design possibilities and include as many innovative advantages in both the bearing itself but also in the surrounding construction.

Quality assurance & Project management

Fast forward in mechanical motion

High standards are pursued in our projects, relying on quality material and proper execution of production.

The quality of our materials is ensured by a reliable production process and material handling. Certification for various applications of DRIE-D materials is in place and third parties inspection is common practice (LR/DNV/BV, etc.). All products that enter our company are inspected, tested and dimensionally controlled.

Project management secures quality and milestone planning for more complex products or involvement in large scale projects. Our people are well trained and experienced in project management and engineering, with supporting control procedures and documentation in place like ITP, PIP, PEP, Progress reports, MDB and Factory Acceptance Tests.

Finite Element Analysis & Heat calculations

Environmental and maintenance friendly

Since the use of D-glide® requires a different engineering approach and allows for innovative design, verification of bearing operation is essential. Our designs are validated, not only by experience, but also with Finite Element Analysis. Structural integrity can thereby be assured by scientific validation combined with practical experience.

Due to the nature of composite bearing behavior, heat development is regularly unknown territory for construction specialists. Our profound knowledge of our materials allows us to carry out more complex heat calculations on designed bearing solutions.


At DRIE-D we like setting new standards for heavy loads or harsh operation, environmental safe and maintenance friendly. Highly specialized in mechanical motion, we provide a smooth solution for your rough challenge! Our engineers are experienced and specialized to design solutions in these fields.


Container handling

Renewable energy


Civil engineering

Observation wheels


Maritime equipment

Mission equipment

Heavy lifting



Our projects

Heave Chief

A pivotal challenge DRIE-D faced in the Seaqualize Heave Chief project was ensuring minimal friction during continuous motion under high loads.


Spud guides

Spud guides with D-glide® offer long life thanks to the excellent wear resistance of D-glide® and smooth operation due to the low friction values.

Hardt Hyperloop

We are proud that European Hyperloop Center, an arena of cutting-edge transportation research, is fully equipped with custom designed D-glide® components.


AIN Dubai

Mega bearings for largest observation wheel. An innovative design of mega bearings from D-glide® bearing tiles instead of roller bearings.