Timken Co. Opens New Facility in Houston, Texas


Posted on Wed, Aug 5th, 2015 in: Industry



Timken Co. has opened a facility in Houston, Texas to make its Philadelphia Gear brand high-speed drives. This Texas location should help Timken procure business with both new and legacy equipment to serve customers in the energy industry, the company said in a recent press release.

"The new facility will supply customers in the Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Refining, and Pumping Industries with high-speed gear boxes," Carl Rapp, Vice-President of Timken Power Systems, said in the release, adding: "While low oil prices represent a near-term challenge to the industry, we expect sales for our new high-speed gear drives to continue to grow over the coming year."

The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology, and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world. The company's growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Interlube® and Drives®.

The 27,000-square-foot Houston facility is outfitted with machinery that can perform multiple operations to make gears, shafts and pinions from raw material. "The machinery helps reduce the time needed to make parts," Boyd Swearingen, General Manager of the new facility, said in the release.

Wind energy operators need bearings that can manage a wide range of operating parameters in advanced wind applications. Timken collaborates with wind turbine and gear drive designers and manufacturers to develop solutions that can keep equipment running longer and help control total cost of ownership.

With the highest life ratings in the industry verified by Germanischer Lloyd, the new UltraWind series of bearings provides a cost-conscious, simplified drive train for main-shaft wind turbine designs (both gear and gearless).

Ideal for original equipment (OE) manufacturers developing multi-megawatt wind turbine designs, the Timken® UltraWind tapered roller bearing optimizes drive train simplicity, reliability, and performance. It features a customized main-shaft bearing system approach that combines either a double-row tapered roller bearing or two, single-row tapered roller bearings with seals, lubrication and condition monitoring.

Bearing designs can accommodate most styles of wind turbine designs with variable bolt circles, shaft-mounted and shaftless designs, rotating inners and outers, gear and gearless wind turbines.

Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3.1 billion in sales in 2014. With approximately 16,000 people operating in 28 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

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