By making investments during the recession to expand its wind power offering and capacity domestically and internationally, The Timken Company, in Booth 2803, has introduced what it says is a record number of new product developments for the industry.
For example, the manufacturer of proprietary alloy steel and power transmission components and systems, has expanded facilities in Asheboro, N.C.; Tyger River, S.C.; and a new plant in Xiangtan, China, all to produce clean-steel from facilities in Canton, Ohio and wind bearing production in Wuxi, China; Chennai, India; and Ploesti, Romania. Working with the leading wind-turbine manufacturers at varying stages of development, the company has established a supply chain around the world.
Among technology innovations Timken is showcasing at the 2010 Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition in Dallas May 22-26, Booth 2803, are:
- New Timken Wear-Resistant cylindrical and spherical bearings. This bearing technology extends operating life up to three times longer than standard cylindrical or spherical bearings, says Timken. With up to 15% less torque, the wear-resistant bearings resist damages such as smearing, scuffing, false brinelling and micropitting (technical paper available from Timken).
- The new UltraWind Tapered Roller Bearing from Timken has the highest life ratings in the industry, as certified by Germanischer Lloyd. This main-shaft, ultra large-bore bearing has a simplified drivetrain design that saves capital-equipment costs.
- Timken’s new Wind Energy Lubrication System enhances optimal wind power production by precisely and evenly directing fresh grease to bearing inlets while actively purging old lubricant with a, centralized-lubrication delivery device that works with either series-progressive or injector-based lubricant delivery methods.
- Three new Wind Seals include the Eco Turn Labyrinth, a non-contacting design that prevents against grease migration and contaminants, ideally suited for Timken’s low-pressure lubrication system. The Elastomer Wind Seal is engineered with a flexible sealing lip to handle bearing deflections and minimize friction and cone wear; while the PTFE Wind Energy Seal offers excellent chemical inertness and low friction to help maximize performance (see product information);
- A new Middle Frequency Induction Heater provides a simple and safe approach to assembly and disassembly of large wind (see product information);
- The Planet Pac and Integrated Flexpin Bearings provide power dense solutions to increase performance and reliability of gearboxes
- The company’s Clean Steel provides superior strength and durable performance for bearings and gears
- An Online Intelligence System offers a unique condition-monitoring system designed specifically to improve uptime for low-speed powertrains.
Timken’s proprietary Syber Advanced Wind System Analysis is an engineering platform that reduces development time and costs while optimizing main shaft and gearbox systems for sustainable performance.
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