‘Z’ Type Shield – The ‘Z’ type shield is a metal shield that typically is non-removable after installation as is it pressed in. There is a small gap about .005 inches between the shield and inner race. There is no contact so obtainable speeds and torque are not effected as in a contact type seal. Lubricant leakage can occur and contamination can enter through this gap. They have fair dust resistance and poor water resistance. Shields are good to around 350 F.
‘RS’ Type Seal – The ‘RS’ type seal is a rubber seal that makes contact with the inner race. Most commonly made of Buna-rubber. They are removable. They offer the best sealing against contamination and lubricant leakage. Generally the speed rating is reduced about 35% that of the ‘Z’ type or open and torque is increased. Temperature range is 15 F to 220 F.