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ADAPT rolls past 1M ton test

ADAPT bearings have passed a rigorous road test, surpassing a critical mark in caster application.


The Timken Co.’s hybrid ADAPT bearings have passed a rigorous road test, surpassing a critical mark in caster application.

Installed at the LD Steel’s 1-strand slab caster CC No. 6 in Linz, Austria, the bearings logged more than one million tons during service without incident. Timken, the Canton, Ohio-based bearing maker, expects the line to roll past the 2.7 million-ton mark.

The bearing consists of a cylindrical inner ring, an outer ring with a proprietary outer race profile, and a roller/retainer assembly that features specially profiled rollers. A cylindrical raceway on the inner ring allows the shaft to float left or right relative to the outer ring. The proprietary profile of the outer ring and rollers compensates for misalignment related to shaftbending; creates a self-aligning effect with the rollers to minimize skewing; and optimizes contact stress distribution for extended bearing life.

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