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July 19, 2017

Three 5-axis magnetic bearing controllers, one cabinet

In January 2017, a new active magnetic bearing-supported motor compressor went into production use at a natural gas pumping station in Japan. The installation features the first use of a new magnetic bearing control cabinet with unique control electronics packaging.

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June 19, 2017

Waukesha Bearings Co-Authors Paper with Ansaldo Energia for the 62nd ASME Turbo Expo

"A System Integration Approach for Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine Upgrades Using Improved Rotor Thrust Predictions and Application of Advanced Thrust Bearing Designs" is a joint paper by Ansaldo Energia and Waukesha Bearings. It will be presented at the ASME Turbo Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday, June 28 at 8 am.

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June 7, 2017

Waukesha Bearings Takes 2nd Place at Dover Kaizen Fair

For three days in May, teams from around the world gathered in The Woodlands, Texas, to share their continuous improvement successes and compete for top honors at the Dover Kaizen Fair.

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February 6, 2017

The Expanding Universe of Fluid Film Bearing Materials

Senior Development Engineer Sriram Venkatesan outlines differentiating characteristics of fluid film bearing material options, from babbitt to diamond, in the February 2017 issue of International Oil & Gas Engineer.

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August 12, 2016

Evaluating Carbon Ring Alternatives

Operators of general purpose steam turbines have long recounted the shortcomings of conventional carbon ring seals. In the August 2016 issue of Pumps & Systems, Peter Zanini, Business Development Director – Brush Seals for Waukesha Bearings Corporation, discusses alternatives for the reduction of steam leakage, including mechanical seals and the Sentinel® Floating Brush Seal. The Sentinel Floating Brush Seal is a product of Inpro/Seal, a Waukesha Bearings business.

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June 29, 2016

Efficient Balancing of Active Magnetic Bearing-Supported Rotors

To limit the negative effects of rotor vibration, ISO and API standards set balancing criteria and acceptance levels for residual rotor unbalance. These requirements apply whether magnetic or fluid film bearings are used in the machine. In the June 2016 issue of COMPRESSORtech2, Andrea Masala, Systems Engineering Team Leader for Waukesha Magnetic Bearings, discusses the considerations in performing low- and high-speed balancing of active magnetic bearing-supported rotors. Two case studies are also discussed.

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May 19, 2016

Bearing Business

Materials and design affect the life of a bearing, so know what types are best for what scenarios. Chief Engineer Barry Blair discusses key points in the May 2016 issue of Processing magazine.

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January 27, 2016

May the magnetic force be with you

Magnetic bearings installed at Europe's largest natural gas field have resulted in 99.9% availability. Richard Shultz discusses the application, the operating principles of magnetic bearings, and magnetic bearing system design considerations in the January/February 2016 issue of Fluid Handling.

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December 2, 2015

Damping for increased stability

For rotating equipment, damping is necessary to control vibrations and prevent them from damaging the rotor, bearings or other components in the machine. Chief Engineer Barry Blair discusses the use of engineered dampers and the benefits of the integral squeeze film damper compared to conventional squeeze film dampers.

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March 16, 2015

New Bearing Designs Meet Demands for Extended Pump Operating Life

Read about recent bearing developments for electric submersible pumps, subsea pumps and traditional oil-lubricated pumps in the February 2015 issue of Modern Pumping Today.

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March 5, 2015

Advanced Bearing Technology Eliminates Subsynchronous Steam Turbine Vibrations

In the March 2015 issue of POWER magazine, read about the implementation of ISFD technology to improve stability on a 46 MW steam turbine experiencing high subsynchronous vibrations.  

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October 16, 2014

Canned Magnetic Bearings Prove Cost-Effective

In 2002, a leading oil and gas customer approached Waukesha Magnetic Bearings with the challenge of developing a bearing for a hermetically sealed integral motor compressor. Read about the cost-saving canned magnetic bearing solution in the September/October 2014 issue of Oil & Gas Product News.

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September 15, 2014

Magnetic Bearings and Their Need for Speed (Sensors)

In the August/September 2014 issue of COMPRESSORtech2, the director of engineering and principal engineer of Waukesha Magnetic Bearings discuss the role of the rotational speed sensor in active magnetic bearing systems.

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August 8, 2014

Reducing Spiral Vibration on a Genset

In the July/August 2014 issue of Turbomachinery International, read how Maxalign® tilting pad radial bearings from Waukesha Bearings reduced spiral vibration on a hydrogren-cooled generator.

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August 1, 2014

Canned Magnetic Bearings Minimize Corrosion in Oil & Gas Processing

The August 2014 issue of Pumps & Systems features an article from Waukesha Magnetic Bearings on a canned magnetic bearing solution for a hermetically sealed integral motor compressor in a high-corrosion environment.

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May 15, 2014

Active Magnetic Bearings Provide Harsh Conditions Solution

Waukesha Magnetic Bearings was featured in the April 2014 issue of Pumps & Systems magazine, highlighting the benefits of active magnetic bearing systems.

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November 6, 2013

Bearings reduce-spiral vibration turbo-generators

Ball and socket design provides superior stiffness, dynamic alignment capability, and eliminates pivot wear. With the industry trending toward improved efficiency, in both new and existing equipment, higher demands are placed on the equipment and the bearings.

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October 29, 2013

Dover exec dishes on new Pearland manufacturing plans

Dover Corp.’s (NYSE: DOV) energy division just broke ground on a new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing and office building in Pearland. Frank Wierengo is president of Cook Compression, which is one of many of Dover's businesses moving into the Pearland space.

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October 1, 2012

Have a Pump, Motor, Generator, Turbine, Compressor or Gearbox? There's a Bearing for That!

Waukesha Bearings is known internationally for its capabilities, technology, size and application experience in the rotating (turbo) equipment industry. Following is a brief selection guide intended to assist engineers, specifiers, integrators and others in choosing the right bearing—and bearing technology—for the application.

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August 16, 2012

Executive Outlook 2012: The Regaining Of A Home-Court Advantage

The “offshoring” of U.S. manufacturing has been going on for years, with China
being a major job destination. What’s relatively new is the increased talk about
“onshoring” or “reshoring” production back to the U.S.

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August 1, 2010

The Attraction of Magnetic Bearings for End Users

Michael K Swann looks at a solution that turns most aspects of magnetic bearing commissioning and machine troubleshooting over to the OEM and end-user.

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May 1, 2010

Next Generation Bearing Technology for Gas-Fired Power Stations

Large tilting pad radial bearings designed to further improve safety margins, performance and reliability in the gas-fired power generation market.

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May 1, 2010

Advanced Bearing Materials for Process Lubricated Systems

In high-pressure reverse osmosis service, a high efficiency multistage pump solution and an advanced variable speed single-stage pump solution designed for continuous service needed a highly efficient and robust bearing solution that would deliver the lowest total life cycle cost.

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November 30, 2009

Remote Connectivity Capabilities of Waukesha Magnetic Bearing Systems Drives New Business Approach

The remote connectivity capabilities of Waukesha’s third generation digital controls technology allow for remote commissioning, troubleshooting and tuning. End-users not only see the benefit of lower installed cost, increased energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, but also see significant enhancements in machine reliability and availability.

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September 1, 2009

Diffusion of Magnetic Bearings

Magnetic Bearing market spikes as end-users learn about the inherent advantages and with the introduction of third generation technologies.

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August 1, 2009

Bearing Design Reduces Performance Variability

Tight-tolerance tilt pad journal bearings provide increased stability in high speed turbomachinery equipment.

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September 1, 2006

Moving Into Larger Machines

Waukesha Bearings is showcased as a forerunner in their field through Turbomachinery international. From the article: “Magnetic bearings are a mature technology with extensive references and industry standards that ensure reliable operation”

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August 1, 2006

Tougher Environments for Magnetic Bearings

CompressorTech two magazine describes the demanding tests and applications related to Waukesha Bearings’ magnetic bearings. Full article requires a free subscription to magazine.

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January 11, 2005

Polymers Enhance Design of Hydrodynamic Bearings

Dr Guy Pethybridge looks at how polymer materials have been applied to the field of tilting pad bearings.

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June 1, 2002

Plain Bearing Options for Pumps

Pump applications demand a wide range of bearing designs. In this article, Guy Pethybridge (Product Manager) and Nigel New (Product Development) of Waukesha Bearings focus on hydrodynamic bearings, considering how factors such as operating temperature, load and lubricant influence the choice of bearing material. In particular, the characteristics and benefits of polymer bearings are highlighted.

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