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When rotated as indicated in the top illustration, the rollers and metal strip will move to the right.


A mechanism consisting of two or more hard cylindrical rollers with a flexible nonstretching band looped around them, so that the rollers move against each other with very little friction.

[rol(l) + -amite, of unknown origin.]
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(Mechanical Engineering) engineering a frictionless bearing device using two rollers and a moving flexible band
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(ˈroʊ ləˌmaɪt)
a nearly frictionless device used as a bearing, consisting of a flexible band looped around two or more rollers.
[1967; rol(l) or rol(ler)1 + -amite, of undetermined orig.]
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In September 1966, Donald F Wilkes, an engineer at Sandia Laboratories (a subsidiary of Honeywell), invented a new piece of technology: the Rolamite bearing.
Since the existing kit performed almost as well as, or better than, the Rolamite, and their performance was well known, it wasn't taken up to any extent.