CANTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2007--The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) is supplying 480 high-tech axle bearing assemblies to Bombardier Transportation for use in the locomotives of the next 30 trains that RENFE - the Spanish state railway - has ordered from Talgo in Spain.
Bombardier is supplying 60 high-speed locomotives - two for each Talgo 350 train - equipped with Timken-developed advanced sensor technology to monitor bearing temperature.
Bombardier used Timken bearings and housings for its first order from Talgo in 2003, and turned to the company once again to meet the more demanding environment of high-speed rail. Trains on RENFE'S Madrid-Barcelona line travel at speeds up to 250 mph.
"Bombardier needed a solution that exceeded performance specifications of what is generally available on the market," said Mat Happach, Timken vice president - rail. "They turned to us because they knew our knowledge of friction management and sensor technology could overcome the challenge. We were able to use our engineering expertise to provide our customer and the railway with a fully-integrated system that will provide lasting benefits in the demanding environment of everyday operation."
The Timken components include axle bearings, aluminum housings and a sensor assembly that continuously measures the temperature throughout the entire bearing system. All the bearing assemblies are networked with the control unit in the locomotive and visible to the driver.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. The Bombardier Transportation Group has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of approximately 97,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
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