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Timken Completes Acquisition of Belts Business, Further Expanding Its Power Transmission Offering

The Timken Company Logo"We are excited to bring the belts business into The Timken Company. Belts are an integral part of our customers' power transmission systems and Carlstar has a long history of leadership in industrial belt manufacturing, technology and quality," said Richard G. Kyle, Timken president and chief executive officer. "Our work leading up to closing has only reinforced that we have acquired a strong business with a talented workforce."

The company expects the transaction to be accretive over the balance of 2015. For the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, Carlstar Belt sales were approximately $140 million.

The belts business further diversifies the company's portfolio beyond engineered bearings, bringing customers an expanded offering of premium mechanical power transmission products and services. In addition to belts, the Timken power transmission portfolio includes gearboxes, housed unit bearings, chain, couplings, lubrication systems and a variety of industrial services, which are marketed under well-known industrial brands including Timken®, Philadelphia Gear®, Drives® and Interlube.

"Our businesses are highly complementary, with Timken serving many of the same end-markets and customers," said John Vassilaros, who will continue to lead the belt business for Timken. "Our customers and our employees view the transaction positively, and we are pleased to be joining an industrial leader that will invest in our business and shares our passion for power transmission products."

Carlstar Belts, headquartered in Springfield, Mo., has approximately 750 employees and two U.S. manufacturing facilities. The product portfolio features more than 20,000 parts engineered for demanding applications and includes wrap molded, raw edge, v-ribbed and synchronous belt designs.

Timken Awards Scholarships Valued at $540,000 to 17 Children of Employees Around the World

THE TIMKEN COMPANY LOGONORTH CANTON, Ohio, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; today awarded scholarships to 17 sons and daughters of Timken associates in 11 locations around the world. The Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund, Inc. funds the scholarships, with a total value of up to $540,000 over four years. The program has awarded more than $21 million in scholarships since its founding in 1958.

Chairman John M. Timken, Jr., hosted a recognition event at World Headquarters in North Canton, Ohio, involving students and their parents. Local scholarship finalists attended the event in person, while other finalists and their parents joined by a global webcast. "As we continue our company's long-standing tradition of promoting education and know-how for our associates and their families, it's an honor to invest in such outstanding students and support them in pursuing their dreams," Timken said. "The 2015 Timken Global Scholars join an elite group, and today we recognize our newest scholars for their impressive academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community commitment."

The $35,000 Henry Timken Scholar Award, which recognizes the top-ranked applicant, is renewable for up to three additional years for a total of $140,000. This year's Henry Timken Scholar is Bogdan Konnerth, the son of Octavian Konnerth, Timken service engineering manager based in Ploiesti, Romania. Bogdan, a graduating senior at Ion Luca Caragiale National College in Ploiesti, plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Liverpool.

The $25,000 Jack Timken Scholar Award was presented to Mianna Schut, the daughter of Jeffrey Schut, principal inventory planner at World Headquarters. This new award, recognizing the dedicated service of Ward J. Timken, who retired last year from The Timken Company's Board of Directors, is renewable for up to three additional years for a total of $100,000. After graduation from GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio, Mianna plans to study nursing at Walsh University.

Five students received $10,000 scholarships, renewable for up to three additional years for a total value of $40,000 each.

  • Dan Alexandru Constantin, the son of Aurelian Constantin, senior process design engineer in Ploiesti. A senior at the National College Nikita Stanescu in Ploiesti, Dan plans to study IT engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
  • Samuel Lanier, the son of Tracy Lanier, analyst at the company's  Lincolnton plant in North Carolina. After graduating from Lincolnton High School, Samuel plans to study material sciences and engineering at North Carolina State University.
  • Shefali Roy, the daughter of Kamlesh Roy, senior line engineer at the company's facility in Jamshedpur, India. A senior at Hill Top School in Jamshedpur, Shefali plans to study science at the University of Delhi.
  • Ryan Springer, the son of Thomas Springer, program manager at World Headquarters. A graduating senior at Hoover High School, Ryan plans to study engineering or computer science at The Ohio State University.
  • Zoe Yu, the daughter of Zai Zhang, manufacturing technician at the plant in Lebanon, N.H. The senior at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., plans to study engineering at Princeton University.

In addition, 10 individuals received $10,000 scholarships:

  • Shreyas Chaudhari, the son of Rahul Chaudhari, manager of manufacturing technology at World Headquarters. A graduating senior at Hoover High School in North Canton, Shreyas plans to study electrical/computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Courtney DeVos, the daughter of Robert DeVos, technical sales representative in Toronto, Canada. When she leaves Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School in Baden, Ontario, Courtney plans to study neuroscience at Western University in London, Ontario.
  • Kristen Dix, the daughter of John Dix, a Timken retiree in the Detroit area. A graduating senior at Troy High School in Troy, Mich., Kristen plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan.
  • Maisie Fisher, the daughter of Frank Fisher, electrical technician at the company's Tyger River plant in South Carolina. A graduating senior at Union County High School in Union, S.C., Maisie plans to study biology and Spanish at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.
  • Andrei-Alexandru Ichim, the son of Adrian Ichim, senior programmer in Ploiesti. A graduating senior at Mihai Viteazul National College in Ploiesti, Romania, Andrei-Alexandru plans to study medical science at a top university in the United Kingdom.
  • Danish Khan, the son of Abdul Kalim, senior line engineer in Jamshedpur. A graduating senior at Loyola School in Jamshedpur, Danish plans to study mechanical engineering at Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India.
  • Kamil Laprus, the son of Leszek Laprus, finishing production warehouse associate in Sosnowiec, Poland. A graduating senior at Stanislaw Staszic High School No. 4 , Kamil plans to study physics at Harvard University.   
  • Dorota Sacha, the daughter of Wojciech Sacha, market development specialist based in Colmar, France. A graduating senior at Lycee Koeberle in Selestat, France, Dorota plans to study languages at Strasbourg University.
  • Yu'Ang Song, the son of Xiaowei Xie, supply chain manager in Wuxi, China. A senior at Jiangsu Tianyi High School in Nanjing, China, Yu'Ang plans to study biological sciences at Tsinghua University.
  • Jiaqi Zhang, the daughter of Zhusheng Zhang, supply chain manager in Wuxi. A graduating senior at Wuxi Big Bridge Academy, Jiaqi plans to study literature and applied mathematics at New York University.

For more information on the 2015 scholarship winners, visit


NTN Develops High Load Capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearings with Rolling Element Separator

Powertransmissions - NTN Develops High Load Capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearings with Rolling Element Separator

[World's highest level of load capacity and high-speed rotating performance, as well as longer operating life!]


NTN Corporation (hereafter, NTN) has developed the High Load Capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearings that takes both load capacity and high-speed rotating performance to new levels.

Cylindrical roller bearings have a greater load capacity than ball bearings, and are primarily used in industrial gearboxes and reducers that are subjected to relatively high loads. Even cylindrical roller bearings feature “full complement roller bearings” without retainers for load capacities that are particularly high. Full complement roller bearings can use a larger number of rollers compared to ordinary bearings with a retainer, which extends the rated life. Yet the lack of a retainer can result in adjacent rolling elements coming into contact with one another when rotating at high speeds, causing scoring*1, smearing*2 and other damage, which limits applications mainly to low speed operation

With larger devices being manufactured to increase efficiency of wind turbine gearboxes or reducers used in hydraulic construction excavators and mining dump trucks, there is an increasing need for higher load capacity, as well as high-speed rotating performance to deliver higher output and efficiency.

The newly developed “High Load Capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearings” uses the “rolling element separator” developed by NTN to prevent contact between rolling elements, which allows almost the same number of rolling elements as full complement roller bearings to be integrated without any loss in rolling performance, and thus achieving the world's highest level of load capacity. Featuring 1.5-times longer rated life than cylindrical roller bearings with ordinary retainers, the new bearing can be used as low-speed shafts in gearboxes and reducers, as well as applied to medium and high-speed shafts. The optimal design can be applied to rolling elements of planetary gear type gearboxes and reducers often used in wind turbines or construction machinery, which means the inside bore surface of the planetary gear can be used as the outer ring track surface (photo: N type), contributing to lighter and more compact devices.

NTN has already started proposing the product to manufacturers of wind turbines and construction machinery, and plans to continue proposing it for industrial machinery applications centered on gearboxes and reducers.

*1 Scoring : wear caused by burnt out components. Often occurs when rolling elements slide in opposite directions, or there is insufficient lubricant used.
*2 Smearing : one type of surface damage that occurs on rolling surfaces, and is a group of small burnt sections.


[ Features ]

(1) Use of a proprietary rolling element separator to achieve high load capacity and high-speed rolling performance
- Almost the same quantity of rolling elements as full complement roller bearings can be integrated
1.5-times rated life (compared to cylindrical roller bearings with retainers)
- Prevents contact between rolling elements that occurs in full complement roller bearings
1.5-times high-speed rolling performance (compared to full complement roller bearings)
(2) Contributes to lighter, more compact devices
- Optimal design of rolling elements mean internal gear surfaces and rolling shafts can be used as outer ring track surfaces


[ Inquiries about this release ]


[ Product photo ]

Product photo
N type NU type
High Load Capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearings


[ Example of application ]

Example of application
Example configuration of planetary gear
using internal gear surfaces as outer ring
track surfaces
Wind turbine gearbox layout

The Timken Company Announces Plan To Separate Its Businesses Into Two Independent Publicly Traded Companies

THE TIMKEN COMPANY LOGOThe Timken Company Announces Plan To Separate Its Businesses Into Two Independent Publicly Traded Companies.

Plan to create two strong stand-alone companies via tax-free spinoff of Timken steel business; expected completion within 12 months.

-- Ward J. Timken, Jr., to serve as chairman and CEO of new $1.7 billion* revenue engineered steel company.

-- Upon separation, James W. Griffith to retire from The Timken Company and Richard G. Kyle to serve as president and CEO of $3.4 billion* revenue global bearings and power transmission company. John M. Timken, Jr., to be named non-executive chairman.

-- Conference call for investors to be held Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.

CANTON, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; today announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to pursue a separation of the company's steel business from its bearings and power transmission business through a spinoff, creating two publicly traded companies.

Timken is a leading global manufacturer of carbon and alloy bar, producing ingot-cast and continuous-cast steel bars for the automotive, bearing, energy and industrial market segments.

Under this plan, the new engineered steel company will operate as an independent publicly held company with estimated annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion*. The bearings and power transmission (B&PT) business will continue to operate as The Timken Company with estimated annual revenue of approximately $3.4 billion*. The transaction is expected to be tax-free to shareholders and should be completed within 12 months.

"Timken has a long and successful history of creating value for its shareholders," said James W. Griffith, president and chief executive officer.  "Over the past several years, we have transformed the business and delivered superior financial performance by diversifying and expanding customer markets and product lines, making strategic, accretive acquisitions, and introducing new capabilities around the world.  We see this initiative—to build out two strong, focused companies—as further evidence of our commitment to drive value for our shareholders and our customers."

Griffith noted that the two stand-alone companies will continue to advance their distinct growth strategies within their respective core markets, which is expected to further improve competitiveness.  "The bearings and steel businesses are well-run and well-positioned in their markets to perform well through economic cycles and have successfully implemented the Timken business model," Griffith added.  "We have talented, capable and dedicated employees who we believe will drive these businesses to new levels of success as separate entities."

Strategy Committee Evaluation

The board's decision to split Timken into two companies resulted from a thorough evaluation by a strategy committee composed of independent directors and established by the board in response to shareholder input.  With the help of financial and strategic advisors, the strategy committee carefully evaluated the financial and operational implications of separating the company's businesses, along with potential changes to the company's corporate governance and capital allocation strategy.

Joseph W. Ralston, the board's lead independent director, said, "The strategy committee and board concluded that even with the company's success in improving performance in recent years and an impressive track record of accomplishments, the company's share price has not appropriately reflected our significant progress.  With our shares trading at a discount to our peers, we recognized the need to examine opportunities to better drive value in the market.

"Through the course of our work, it became clear that creating two focused companies would allow investors to more fully appreciate and value the unique strategic and financial strengths of each business, including operating performance, margins, earnings and cash flow," Ralston added.

"The process that the strategy committee completed convinced us of the value-creation opportunities that can come from separating the company's businesses," said Ward J. "Tim" Timken, Jr., board chairman.  "Today's decision is the appropriate 'next step' to build on the momentum created by our improvement in the performance and underlying fundamentals of each of our core businesses.  These are two winning businesses and we are confident that both can sustain the market-leading performance they have achieved over the past few years."

The board recognizes the benefits shared between the businesses and will work to maintain them through a mutually beneficial business relationship between the two independent companies. Company leaders will also work to minimize the impact of incremental stand-alone costs that will be incurred as a result of the separation as well as leverage the opportunities that come from operating as two focused companies.

Creating Two Great Stand-Alone Companies

The New Stand-Alone Engineered Steel Company

The new publicly traded engineered steel company would have estimated annual revenue of $1.7 billion* and is expected to have strong prospects for growth and margin improvement.  Over the past decade, the engineered steel business has implemented changes that increased margins, dramatically lowered its breakeven point and streamlined its supply chain. Headquartered in Canton, Ohio, the engineered steel company will include approximately 3,000 associates, seven manufacturing plants, four warehouses and five sales offices.  The steel business is North America's leading manufacturer of SBQ large bars for industrial markets and its largest producer of seamless mechanical tubing.

The engineered steel company will continue to drive value through a business model that provides differentiated solutions to meet customer demands in industries where performance matters. The premium steelmaker manufactures carbon, micro-alloy and alloy steels with annual melt capacity of more than 1.8 million tons.  Recent investments are expected to significantly strengthen the engineered steel company's position as a leader in providing differentiated solutions for the energy, industrial and automotive markets, and enhance its operational performance.

The Timken Company 

Post separation, The Timken Company would have estimated annual revenue of $3.4 billion* consisting of the Process Industries, Aerospace and Mobile Industries segments.  The company will continue to focus on numerous fast-growing attractive markets, supported by both organic expansion and acquisitions.  The business leverages its technology and engineering capabilities to offer more reliable customer solutions and enhanced products and services with particular emphasis in emerging markets where infrastructure is fueling geographic growth.  Its focus on applying its know-how and providing superior customer service differentiates the business in the areas of product performance, on-time delivery and service support.

The Timken Company's product portfolio includes a broad range of bearings and related mechanical power transmission components and services.  Employing nearly 17,000 associates, the company will have 35 manufacturing plants, 25 service and repair facilities, four technology centers, and an extensive network of sales offices and warehouses around the globe. Company headquarters will remain in Stark County.

Experienced Executives to Lead Both Companies 

Griffith, 59, will continue as president and chief executive officer of The Timken Company until the separation is complete, at which time he plans to retire after 30 years of service.  The board plans to name Richard G. Kyle, 47, as The Timken Company's new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Griffith.  Until then, Kyle has been named chief operating officer of the B&PT business.  Kyle joined the company in 2006 with extensive industry experience and has held executive positions at Timken that include vice president of manufacturing, president of Aerospace and Mobile Industries, and, most recently, group president.

The board also plans to name Ward J. "Tim" Timken, Jr., 46, to lead the new engineered steel company as its chairman and chief executive officer.  Timken's career at the company began in 1992 in the steel business as senior steel business analyst.  In 2004, he was named president of the steel business, and he was elected chairman of the board in 2005.  Timken will continue to serve as chairman as well as oversee the steel business until the separation.

"We have had sound succession plans in place for some time," said Ralston in making the leadership announcements.  "Rich Kyle and Tim Timken have substantial experience and are well-equipped to lead these two companies.  The board unanimously supports them, and I am confident they will continue building momentum to maximize value for the employees, investors and customers of both companies."

Following the separation, the board plans to name John M. Timken, Jr., 62, non-executive chairman of The Timken Company.  In that role, he assumes leadership responsibility for board activities and will oversee related board matters.  Timken has been an active member of The Timken Company's board since 1986.

"John Timken has been involved in some of the biggest changes in The Timken Company's history, including acquisitions, divestures and major expansions," said Ralston.  "His deep understanding of the company will be invaluable to the next group of Timken Company directors."

Planned Capital Structure and Governance Actions

In addition to its strategic evaluation, the board also has completed a review of The Timken Company's capital allocation process and objectives and corporate governance.  With respect to capital allocation, the company will continue to target net debt-to-capital in the range of 30 to 35 percent, emphasizing a combination of capital return initiatives in the form of share repurchases and dividends as well as strategic investments for the business including capital expenditures and acquisitions.

  • The company currently has in place an active share buyback program and has already purchased 1.8 million shares this year.  Currently, 5.7 million shares remain under the existing board-authorized 10 million share buy-back program.  "We expect to remain active in seeking opportunities to repurchase shares and will utilize our balance sheet accordingly," Griffith noted.
  • Timken has a track record of paying dividends for 365 successive quarters since it became a publicly traded company in 1922 and will continue to evaluate its dividend at regular quarterly intervals.
  • The company has actively funded its pension plans, which it expects to be substantially fully funded by the end of the year.  The company does not anticipate making further discretionary contributions.
  • Timken will complete its current capital investment program for both businesses, which includes a new continuous caster for the steel business to come on-line in the second half of 2014, and expects investment levels to return to more normal levels thereafter.

"Plans call for both companies to be capitalized in a manner that provides the financial flexibility needed to pursue future growth opportunities," Griffith said.  At separation, both companies are expected to have strong balance sheets and their respective pension plans substantially fully funded.

Regarding corporate governance, the board noted that following the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, John M. Timken, Jr., withdrew his name from consideration for the audit committee.  The board also announced that Ward J. Timken, 71, expects to retire from the board in May 2014 at the end of his current term, in accordance with the director retirement policy.

At a later date, The Timken Company and the new stand-alone engineered steel company will name new separate boards of directors, which are expected to include a strong base of directors drawn from The Timken Company's current board membership along with new board members.

Transaction Details

The company notes that there can be no assurances regarding the ultimate timing of the transaction or that the transaction will be completed. Any transaction of this type is dependent on numerous factors that include the macroeconomic environment, credit markets and equity markets.  Although the separation of the B&PT and steel businesses will not require a shareholder vote, the plan will be subject to customary regulatory approvals, the receipt of a legal opinion regarding the tax-free nature of the transaction, the execution of intercompany agreements, final approval of the Timken board and other customary matters.  One-time transaction costs are expected to be approximately $125 million.

Conference Call Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 6)

Timken senior management will host a conference call tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review the planned separation and answer questions.  Presentation materials will be available online in advance of the call for interested investors and securities analysts.

Conference Call:  Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
All Callers:  Live Dial-In: 888-282-4019 or 913-312-1491
 (Call 10 minutes prior to be included.)
 Conference ID: Timken Investor Call
 Replay Dial-In available through September 20, 2013:
 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820
 Replay Passcode: 5278063




Source: Timken

NSK Launches iPad Tech Calculation Service

Powertransmissions - NSK Launches iPad Tech Calculation Service

Improved Customer Service and Sales Efficiency with Smart Device-Compatible Tech Calculation Service

Tokyo, Japan, September 6, 2013 – NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Norio Otsuka) today announced that it has made NAVI-FOCUS―a program for instantaneously calculating bearing life and torque―compatible for use on the iPad and made this iPad version available to its tech services and salespersons worldwide on August 6, 2013. The intent of the release of the NAVI-FOCUS program is to improve the speed and efficiency of tech services, thereby improving customer satisfaction and strengthening NSK's sales structure and culture.

NSK will endeavor to expand the use of IT tools to provide more sales support tools going forward.

*:iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

The Goal of Developing Sales Support Tools

1. Improved Customer Satisfaction and Sales Efficiency
NAVI-FOCUS is a service that NSK started providing in 2008. It enables salespersons to instantaneously calculate the life and torque of bearings under consideration. By making NAVI-FOCUS available on the iPad, salespersons will now be able to quickly select the bearing that is best suited for customers and dealerships, even when they are away from the office.

*: National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization based in the United States that is recognized as an international authority in the field of public health and safety.
2. BCP (Business Continuity Planning)
This kind of tool takes advantage of high-speed, wide-bandwidth connections to enable the continuation of some aspects of business even when large disasters occur.
3. Reduced Costs and Impact on Environment
One of the aims of digitizing product catalogs is to reduce costs by decreasing the amount of paper used, as well as by eliminating or reducing the chore of creating, distributing and storing meeting documents.
Source: NSK

NSK Develops Rolling Bearing Injected with World’s First Lubricant Grease derived from 100% food-grade ingredients

Powertransmissions - NSK Develops Rolling Bearing Injected with World's First Lubricant Grease derived from 100 Percent food-grade ingredientsNSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Norio Otsuka) today announced that it has developed a lubricant grease made from 100% food-grade ingredients, the first of its kind in the world. The grease is registered as an NSF*1 category H3*2 lubricant.

The grease is injected in rolling bearings that have been added to NSK's SPACEA™ Series stainless steel rolling bearings. Samples of the new rolling bearings will be exhibited for the first time at the 26th INTERPHEX JAPAN trade show for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, taking place from July 10–12, 2013 at the Tokyo Big Sight venue in Koto-ku, Tokyo.

*1: National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization based in the United States that is recognized as an international authority in the field of public health and safety.
*2: Category H3 covers lubricants intended for food contact, and are used to prevent rust on trolleys or meat hooks such as used in meat processing plants. H3 lubricants must meet the highest standards for safety, exceeding that of H1 lubricants. Category H1 covers lubricants intended for use where the lubricant may incidentally come in contact with food.

Development background

Strict safety is required for machinery, production facilities, and medical devices that come in contact with foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. There is growing demand today for lubricant greases that meet NSF category H3 standards, which offer greater safety than NSF category H1 lubricants currently widely used in such applications.

NSF category H1 lubricants and greases based on rapeseed oil and other vegetable oils contain many non-food ingredients. These greases can also have performance drawbacks with decreased oxidative stability, resulting in problems with lubricity and durability.

NSK has been meeting diverse needs for lubricant greases used in the food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices industries. The company has developed a lubricant grease that is registered as an NSF category H3 lubricant and meets the highest standards for safety while realizing the following advantages.

更なる安全性の要求 ⇒ NSF カテゴリーH3対応の潤滑剤が求められる

Product features

1. Lubricant grease meeting the highest international standards for safety
The new grease is entirely made from food-based ingredients including the base oil, thickening agent, and additives. Only ingredients that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are used in the grease, which is registered as an NSF category H3 lubricant.
***: FDA:U. S. Food and Drug Administration
2. High performance
The new grease uses food-grade vegetable oil with excellent heat tolerance as a base oil, while the thickening agent contains food additives with a fine three-dimensional network for good retention of base oil. It is also formulated with ideal food additives that further enhance the durability of the base oil, resulting in a grease that offers better oxidative stability and lower friction loss than existing comparable greases. Used in rolling bearings, the new grease offers less leakage and better durability, even in environments that are exposed to water.
3. Sustainability
The grease is entirely made from ingredients derived from food sources, making it an environmentally friendly, petroleum-free grease. It is also naturally biodegradable and produces no toxic wastes, making it both a non-polluting and sustainable grease.

Product highlights

  1. Grease meeting the strictest international standards for safety
    • Lubricant grease developed by NSK that is registered as an NSF category H3 lubricant
  2. High performance (compared with category H1 lubricants for commercial food processing machinery)
    • One-third of the bearing friction loss (torque)
    • Capable of double high-speed operation
    • Excellent water resistance, achieving one-eighth of normal grease leakage for enhanced durability
  3. Environmental performance
    • Petroleum-free grease with excellent biodegradability

Product benefits

The new grease meets the strictest international standards for safety, and its use in bearings provides an assurance of safety for use in machinery, production facilities, and medical devices that come in contact with foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Compared with existing category H1 lubricants for food processing machinery, NSK's category H3 lubricant offers low friction loss and long life to realize energy savings and improved productivity in a wide range of industries including the food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices industries. The new grease is environmentally friendly, highly biodegradable, and has a low environmental impact.

NSK is endeavoring to develop highly functional products and expand the SPACEA™ Series of stainless steel rolling bearings to meet the sophisticated demands of a wide range of industries.


Source: NSK

Plastic rod ends and bearings from Igus are significantly lighter than steel alternatives

Powertransmissions - Plastic rod ends and bearings from Igus are significantly lighter than steel alternativesIgus produces a complete range of plastic self-aligning rod ends, spherical bearings and thrust bearings claimed to be 80 per cent lighter than steel alternatives.

All Igus bearings including Igubal are lifetime tested through millions of vigorous cycles in a variety of environmental conditions.

The Igubal spherical bearing range comprises lightweight, plastic, self-aligning bearing components consisting of a variety of rod-end, press-fit and thrust bearings. The range also includes clevis joints, pillow blocks, detectable self-aligning bearings and flange bearings.


Key benefits
* Igus’s lightweight bearings offer high-performance properties, enabling engineers to reduce the costs, maintenance and downtime associated with their equipment and processes.
* Vibration, noise, chemicals and moisture can impede the performance of metal components, which can in turn cause an engineer real problems when a machine is in operation; however, bearings made from plastic do not have these issues.
* Igus bearings offer low coefficients of friction and high tensile strength, so time wasted on unscheduled maintenance is unlikely to occur.


Source: TheEngineer

JTEKT CORPORATION fined by Canadian court for violation

Powertransmissions - JTEKT CORPORATION fined by Canadian court for violation

On July 12, 2013 was ordered by the Quebec Superior Court of Justice to pay a fine of CA $ 5 million for violation of the Canadian Competition Act in connection with past sales transactions * of automotive wheel hub unit bearings.
JTEKT has conducted the internal investigations in connection with the on-site inspection by the Japan Fair Trade Commission in July 2011 to investigate a possible violation of the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade in Japan with respect to sales transactions involving bearings. Based on the fact which has come to light through the above internal investigations, JTEKT has fully cooperated with the investigation by the Canadian Competition Bureau and negotiated for a plea agreement. JTEKT finally concluded a plea agreement with the Canadian Director of Public Prosecution and was ordered the above fine.
As JTEKT treats this matter with the utmost seriousness, it has taken the appropriate
measures to prevent any recurrence and it has intensified its efforts to ensure compliance
with all applicable laws and regulations. JTEKT sincerely regrets the concerns.
THIS past sales transactions were regarding the wheel hub unit bearings for some
automobiles assembled by the TOYOTAMOTOR CORPORATION’s manufacturing
subsidiary in Canada.
Source: JTEKT

FAG split spherical roller bearings – simple and quick to mount

Powertransmissions - FAG split spherical roller bearings – simple and quick to mountFAG split spherical roller bearings simplify and speed up bearing replacement, particularly in areas that are difficult to access such as shafts with multiple supports. In a split bearing, the inner ring, the outer ring, and the roller and cage assembly are divided into two halves that are clamped together with screws. Using the split version of these bearings allows numerous process steps to be omitted during mounting and dismounting. This means that downtimes can be significantly reduced and correspondingly high cost savings can be achieved. Because the dimensions have been exactly matched, the split spherical roller bearings can be installed in the same space as their unsplit counterparts (including the adapter sleeve). Applications include belt drives, paper machines, ships, conveying equipment, converters, rolling mills, and ventilation-related systems.

Splitting means improvement

In many applications, the spherical roller bearing is mounted on the shaft in such a complex fashion that it is also necessary to remove all the adjacent components in order for it to be replaced. This leads to long downtimes and complex additional tasks such as the removal of gears, clutches, and drive units. Extra costs are also incurred for additional replacement parts, tools, personnel, and even crane rental. When the split bearing version is used, most of these process steps are no longer required and the associated additional costs no longer arise. Mounting and dismounting can be carried out significantly faster and are simplified, especially in bearing positions that are difficult to access. Schaeffler offers split spherical roller bearings for shaft diameters ranging from 55 mm to 630 mm. In most cases, the outside diameter, the outer ring width, and the diameter of the shaft seat match the dimensions of the standard spherical roller bearings, including the adapter sleeve, so the bearings are interchangeable without any problems.

Application example: Installation of a split spherical roller bearing on the exhaust gas fan of a chemical plant

The spherical roller bearing in the exhaust gas fan of a chemical plant, which had an outside diameter of 230 mm, was in need of replacement. In the past, this application employed unsplit bearings that caused a downtime of 14 hours and generated costs of approximately 280,000 euros every time a bearing replacement was carried out. In addition to the immense outlay for the production stoppage, this included the costs for personnel, additional outlay for the alignment of the shaft, crane rental, and a further replacement bearing. With the FAG split spherical roller bearing, the downtime was only three hours and the overall costs 60,000 euros. The additional alignment, the crane rental, and the further replacement bearing were not required. The customer saved around 220,000 euros by using the split bearing.

The inner ring, outer ring, and roller and cage assembly of FAG split spherical roller bearings are divided into two halves.

The split version simplifies and speeds up bearing mounting, especially at installation points that are difficult to access.


Source: Schaffler

Kaydon Bearings unveils bearing selector tool

Powertransmissions - Kaydon Bearings unveils bearing selector tool

Muskegon, Michigan, USA...Kaydon Corporation Bearings Division has added an interactive bearing selector to its website.

"The selector makes it easy for engineers and designers to search our standard thin section bearing catalog by dimensions or part number," said Les Miller, Kaydon vice president of engineering. "Results include 2D and 3D drawing downloads, making the selection process easier."

The bearing selector allows users to search by bore size, outside diameter, and/or width minimums and maximums, in inches or millimeters. It also makes it easy to find a part's dimensional information and 3D drawings if the user knows all or a portion of a part number. The selector includes Reali-Slim® open, sealed, stainless steel, and metric bearings; Endurakote®-plated bearings; and Ultra-Slim® extra thin section bearings. Learn more about the benefits of thin section bearings.

Selector results can be further refined using Kaydon Reali-Design® engineering software, which computes basic life and load analyses and safe operating speeds.


Source: Kaydon

Helio Castroneves visits SKF’s U.S. base in Montgomery County

Powertransmissions - Helio Castroneves visits SKF's U.S. base in Montgomery CountyTOWAMENCIN TWP., Pa. -

They say there's no rest for the weary, and that's certainly true for one INDYCAR driver.

Helio Castroneves is in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County.

He's visiting the U.S. headquarters of one of his team's sponsors, SKF.

Castroneves finished eighth in Sunday's "Pocono INDYCAR 400."

It was the first INDYCAR race at Pocono Raceway in 24 years, and it was the racer's first visit to the Monroe County track.

"It's an amazing event. I was very happy and surprised about the crowd," said Castroneves. "People really embrace INDYCAR's great to go back after so many years."

SKF is a Swedish company that makes ball bearings, seals, and other parts.

The company's 23-million dollar U.S. headquarters sits on a former brownfield.

It features more than a million dollars worth of environmental enhancements.


Source: WFMZ

NHBB Acquires European Company Specializing in Ceramic Bearing Technology

Powertransmissions - NHBB Acquires European Company Specializing in Ceramic Bearing TechnologyNew Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB), a leading US-based bearing supplier to the aerospace, defense, dental, and medical markets, and subsidiary of Minebea Co., Ltd., has acquired all of the shares of CEROBEAR® GmbH, the world’s preeminent manufacturer of innovative bearings featuring technologically advanced ceramics.

This strategic acquisition provides significant competitive advantages to both companies. CEROBEAR gains access to the global manufacturing and marketing resources of NHBB and Minebea, enabling the company to rapidly expand its worldwide customer base in the aerospace, defense, and medical industries. By partnering with CEROBEAR, whose core strength is ceramic technology development, NHBB is now in a position to assist its aerospace customers with the adoption of ceramic bearing technology in a wider range of aircraft applications. Ceramic and hybrid ceramic bearing technology is gaining wider acceptance with aircraft and engine manufacturers as they continue their search for innovative materials and solutions that reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency.

As a result of the acquisition, CEROBEAR becomes a part of the NHBB/myonic Business Unit within the global manufacturing conglomerate, Minebea, and will operate as an independent subsidiary under NHBB. With the addition of CEROBEAR this month and myonic GmbH in 2009, the NHBB/myonic Business Unit now operates three manufacturing facilities in the US, two in Germany, and one in Czech Republic.


Source: NHBB

Igus develops blue polymer bearing materials for food and drink processing equipment

Powertransmissions - Igus develops blue polymer bearing materials for food and drink processing equipmentIgus UK has developed two food-grade polymer bearing materials — Iglidur A181 and Iglidur A160 — that are compliant with both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specification for repeated contact with food and the EU 10/2011 Directive. The materials have been designed to allow food manufacturers to increase the reliability of their processes while producing food to the highest standards.

The polymer bearings do not contain any ingredients that can cause harm if ingested and do not deteriorate or change the composition of food.

They are suitable for all food and drink processing and preparation equipment.

See ’related articles’ to watch a video about the blue Iglidur bearings from Igus.

Additional information

* The Iglidur A181 bearing material has good resistance to chemicals and can be used universally in a variety of applications
* The Iglidur A160 bearing offers very high chemical resistance as well as being cost effective
* The bearings are coloured blue, allowing them to be easily detected in case any particles enter the production line
* They can improve machine performance, according to Igus
* The bearings are wear resistant and lubricant and maintenance free, increasing reliability
* The bearing materials are available in diameters from 6mm up to 20mm from stock
* They are tested for millions of cycles in real-world applications and environments


Source: Igus

Thordon Bearings launched New Thorplas-Blue Bearings

Powertransmissions - Thordon Bearings launched New Thorplas-Blue BearingsThordon Bearings Inc. has launched the newest addition to their grease‐free polymer lineup: ThorPlas‐Blue. The lifetime lubricated bearing formula is capable of operating pressures up to 45MPa (6,527 psi) and can be easily back‐fit into virtually all deck machinery applications where greased bronze is currently installed.

ThorPlas‐Blue was developed as a maintenance‐free solution to replaced greased bronze bearings as well as eliminate a source of pollution. Deck machinery and steering gear bearings require frequent maintenance and grease lubrication. There is a high cost consequence to the ship owner when routine maintenance is delayed or greasing is overlooked. ThorPlas‐Blue bearings ensure smooth, reliable operation of all deck machinery, reduce the need for costly periodic maintenance of greased bronze bushings and bring peace of mind knowing seized bearings from inadequate greasing is no longer a possibility. With the elimination of grease, ThorPlas‐Blue offers improved safety for the crew members as they do not have to grease bushings in hard to reach locations.

“We are using Thordon materials in more and more applications where in the past we have had costly failures and difficult maintenance. Thordon bearings for previously seized davit, fairlead and other deck machinery bearings have reduced wire and mooring rope wear and have significantly reduced replacement costs. These materials are not only saving us money but are significantly reducing management concerns over pollution,” said Chris Joly, Principal Manager for Marine Engineering and Corporate Shipbuilding at Carnival Corporation & PLC.

ThorPlas‐Blue not only has a lower density and thus less weight in comparison to metal bearings but it also is self‐lubricating which means no grease while eliminating corrosion concerns. The lubricants formulated throughout the homogenous ThorPlas‐Blue polymer matrix ensure a low, stable coefficient of friction, even as the bearing wears. Unlike metal bearings, the new ThorPlas‐Blue machines easily and can be installed quickly into a variety of applications.

Thordon Bearings Inc. designs and manufactures a complete range of polymer bearing and shaftline products for the marine, clean power generation, pump, offshore and industrial markets. Thordon’s strong and recognizable global brand is known for high quality and superior performance, eliminating oil and grease from bearing applications in ships, hydro‐ urbines, vertical pumps and many other industrial applications.


Source: Thordon Bearings Inc.

Premiere: Schaeffler Location in China Receives EMAS Registration

Powertransmissions - Premiere Schaeffler Location in China Receives EMAS Registration

The rolling bearing manufacturer and automotive supplier Schaeffler has had its production location in Yinchuan registered according to EMAS (the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). This makes it the very first location in China to fulfill the requirements of the stringent European environmental management system and be granted an official entry.

The prerequisite for this official entry in the EMAS register was an amendment to the EMAS regulations that was jointly initiated by Schaeffler, as well as an extension of the environmental verifier licence in cooperation with a qualified person in China.

In keeping with the company’s philosophy that all of its production locations worldwide should fulfill the same high environmental standards, Schaeffler already began carrying out EMAS-based inspections of all its locations outside the European Union in 1999. In specific terms, this means that Schaeffler set up an environmental management system at these locations that fulfills all the EMAS specifications and had this system verified by an independent environmental verifier. This includes proof that applicable laws have been adhered to and the creation of an environmental statement as stipulated by the EMAS regulations. This environmental statement was validated by the environmental verifier, i.e. was inspected and declared valid. The concluding step in the registration process, however, was not possible for these countries until recently.

With Yinchuan, a current total of 43 Schaeffler locations and legal entities from 12 countries are officially registered according to EMAS. The registration of further Schaeffler locations outside the EU is also planned.

Schaeffler has already received the German and European EMAS award for large companies in recognition of its active environmental management. For more information on EMAS, visit


Source: Schaeffler

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