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Timken Bearings Carry Mammoth Load
Tapered Roller Bearings Used in Scheuerle Transporters

CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) played a major role in moving one of the largest loads ever carried by a wheeled vehicle.


A fully assembled and equipped oil and gas production facility - weighing 1.5 times the Eiffel Tower or 55 times the Statue of Liberty-was transported by the specialist transport company Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) of Great Britain. The facility tipped the scales at 12,430 tons, or 11,300 metric tons.


The transport required the use of hundreds of modular transporters, 224 of which were supplied by Scheuerle. The wheel sets of those transporters were equipped with Timken (R) tapered roller bearings to ensure that the heavy load reached its destination smoothly and reliably.


"This extremely demanding application has once again demonstrated the value delivered by Timken," said Mike Connors, Timken's vice president for industrial equipment. "With our knowledge of friction management and experience of heavy-load applications, we were able to support Scheuerle in accomplishing this major technical feat and at the same time to cement our relationship with a key customer."


The Timken bearings were manufactured from case-hardened roller bearing steel and matched to this specific transport operation.


The facility was moved about five-eighths of a mile (about one kilometer) from its production site to a load-out wharf located in Hartlepool, England, for transfer to a barge.


About Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH


The transporters built by Scheuerle are recognized around the world for their advanced technology and outstanding product quality. Reliability in daily use, high load capacity and a long service life make the vehicles a very important component of modern logistical operations. Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH is based in Pfedelbach, Germany, and belongs to the group of companies owned by Heilbronn industrialist Otto Rettenmaier. Within the group, the heavy hauler division is the global market leader.


About ALE


Abnormal Load Engineering is part of the ALE Group of Companies combining a number of companies and trading divisions operating worldwide providing heavy transport, lifting, engineering and project management services.


About The Timken Company

 

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, www.timken.com) keeps the world turning, with innovative ways to make customers' products run smoother, faster and more efficiently. Timken's highly engineered bearings, alloy steels and related products and services turn up everywhere. With operations in 27 countries, sales of $5.2 billion in 2005 and 27,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance.

 

 

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