Each day, Timken engineers analyze customer application problems and develop new ways to solve them. Timken use technical know-how to move customers toward improved performance. Timken capabilities include:
Timken invests in technology development that results in cleaner, stronger materials. Timken engineers drive technology in many markets, producing new and better products that demonstrate superior performance in high stress conditions. Whether Timken need to develop new material specifications, or help solve a customer processing problem, company advanced material engineers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry.
Timken expertise in advanced material conversion, finishing, gaging and assembly ensures high quality production of every Timken-made product. With resources dedicated to studying, developing and implementing next generation manufacturing processes and technologies, company engineers are able to support new product growth and performance value for the customers.
Timken design and analysis technologists specialize in using advanced engineering tools to design products and analyze their performance. They also work directly with customers to analyze their applications and develop customized solutions that overcome special challenges.
Emerging technologies developed and used by company magnetics and electronics specialists help machines work smarter and more efficiently. Information technology is incorporated into products for a variety of purposes, including motion control, condition monitoring and system prognostics.
The Timken Company engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, motors, gearboxes, chain and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world.
The company's growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Interlube® and Drives®. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3.1 billion in sales in 2014. With approximately 16,000 people operating from 28 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.
The Company serve many diverse market segments, including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer, defense, energy, industrial equipment, health, heavy industry, machine tool, positioning control, power generation and rail.
For more than 100 years, Timken has focused on value creation for diverse industries and market segments. TImken grown considerably since they founding in 1899, but solving customer problems is still at the core of business, just like it was when founder Henry Timken patented a tapered roller bearing design that made life easier for freight wagon operators and their mules.
Henry Timken, a St. Louis carriage maker, recognized that heavy freight wagons had a hard time making sharp turns. To solve the problem, he applied a tapered roller bearing design that could handle both radial (weight) and thrust (cornering force) loads. There were several customer benefits. First, the application ran more smoothly, reducing repair and replacement costs. In some cases, the bearings improved wagon performance so much that fewer mules were required to pull them. Finally, better cornering meant less chance of losing a load of goods. Always focused on customer benefit, Henry quickly realized that the tapered roller bearing could improve product performance in many other applications as well. He and his sons, H.H. and William Timken, quickly founded The Timken Roller Bearing and Axle Company and began building the business into what it is today.