What is a slide plate?

A slide plate is a component that can be fabricated from a variety of materials including PTFE, 25% glass filled, graphite, Bronzphite®, Marinite®, and stainless steel. The purpose of slide plates is to produce a low-coefficient of friction between a stationary support element and the moving pipe support component to reduce the forces generated as a result of pipe deflections during operation.

Ptfe, 25% Glass Filled Slide Plates Bonded To Stainless Steel Backing Plates
Graphite Slide Plates