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Timken Launches High-Resolution Magnetic Encoder for Motion Control Applications
Patented magnetic technology increases reliability in harsh conditions

CANTON, Ohio: September 24, 2009 — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) announced today that it has launched a new packaged, industrial magnetic encoder designed to provide increased reliability and performance over conventional optical encoders, especially in high-shock and vibration conditions.

“This technology lets the plant engineer sleep at night, knowing his or her operation won’t go down from a common encoder failure” said Greg Vanbuskirk, business development manager.

Timken’s patented THS25 encoder affords greater reliability than optical encoders, which are susceptible to failure in high-shock and vibration conditions because they rely on line-of-sight technology. “Timken’s new magnetic encoder technology provides consistent, reliable performance in inconsistent conditions,” says Vanbuskirk. “It’s ideal for applications such as wind energy, web processing, robotics and material handling.”  

The patented THS25 magnetic encoder achieves high resolutions, from 100 to 2,560 lines, with high-speed performance and position sensing that is more reliable than conventional encoders for demanding environments. For added durability, the product comes in a rugged, compact design well suited for a wide range of applications.  Its standard package includes IP50 enclosure environmental protection with an upgrade to IP66 available.

Designers and operators will appreciate the THS25’s combination of shaft adaptability and low profile, which together provide a single solution for a range of shaft sizes and tight envelope requirements.  The ultimate payoff of the THS25 is that Timken’s magnetic technology delivers superior durability and consistent output, with less downtime risk and associated cost savings.  

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About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, keeps the world turning, with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services, enabling our customers’ machinery to perform more efficiently and reliably. With sales of $5.7 billion in 2008 and operations in 26 countries, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance. 



SOURCE: The Timken Company


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