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New Tapered Roller Bearing Housed Units from Timken Set Standard for Reliable Operation

CANTON, Ohio — February 22, 2010 — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) is introducing a new line of Type E tapered roller bearing housed units that set a new performance standard for industrial bearings. The new housed units are ideal for rugged applications, such as in process and material-handling equipment. They feature enhanced-performance bearings, double lip seals, corrosion-resistant housings and locking collars – all of which provide advanced operating levels compared with current industry leading designs utilizing standard Timken bearings, including:


  • 55 percent longer design life
  • 10 times more sealing ability
  • Superior corrosion resistance

Material handling equipment used in industrial processes such as pulp and paper, power generation, mining, cement, aggregate, mixing/vibrating, ovens/furnaces, water treatment and waste-water treatment are frequently subjected to harsh environments, with extreme temperature fluctuations, heavy debris and excessive vibrations that promote bearing failure and unscheduled downtime in machinery. 

Timken has designed the new tapered roller bearing housed units to withstand the harshest conditions, adding a double lip seal design to significantly reduce contaminant ingress over competing products. Timken’s new model also helps promote greater grease retention. It will be sold through the industrial distribution channel and to equipment manufacturers. 

“We expect this new design to help cut our customers’ maintenance costs while increasing their machinery uptime, which we know is most important to them,” said Mike Connors, vice president, Distribution. ”We’re not only raising the industry standard with this new product, we’re affirming our leadership by demonstrating our commitment to investing in technology of greatest benefit to our customers.” 

Electro-deposition coating, or e-coating, on both the housings and locking collars helps further protect exposed surfaces and provides better corrosion resistance than the powder coating used on competing designs. 

Performance also is enhanced because the units come equipped with Timken® Premium All-Purpose Industrial Grease, which contains corrosion inhibitors and extreme pressure and anti-wear additives.

“This product is in direct response to market demand from original equipment manufacturers,” noted Hans Landin, director-Process Industries OE and Wind Energy. “They know and trust our expertise in friction management and are looking to us for help in developing a tapered roller bearing housed unit that delivers the value and reliability they need.” 

For example, the tapered roller bearings used in Timken Type E pillow blocks have surface textures and optimized profiles that contribute to a 55 percent increase in life over industry-standard housed units equipped with standard Timken bearings.

The new line includes 2-bolt and 4-bolt pillow blocks, 4-bolt and piloted flange units and wide angle and top angle take up units.

"Timken Type E tapered roller bearing housed units come in a wide range of sizes and configurations to meet demanding industrial applications," added Connors. “Popular part numbers will be in stock beginning April. It's easy for customers to make the switch – our Type E housed units are dimensionally interchangeable with all other leading roller housed unit brands." 

Timken Type E tapered products are the latest in Timken's housed unit line, which also includes Fafnir® ball bearing housed units and Timken® SAF pillow blocks.

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 $3.1 billion in 2009, operations in 26 countries and approximately 17,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn® for better performance. 

The Timken Company

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