For over 50 years, fluid film bearing technology has been the cornerstone of our business at Waukesha Bearings – and we remain a worldwide leader in this industry. Engineers apply a variety of proprietary design features and materials to optimize performance of both fixed profile and tilting pad bearing solutions.
When properly designed and maintained, the working life of a fluid film bearing is theoretically infinite. Under these circumstances, contact between bearing surfaces and the rotor occurs only at start-up and in the final stages of rundown. During operation, the rotor moves on a continuous film of oil, water or other filtered process fluid.
Waukesha Bearings has developed advanced materials, including polymer and ceramic technologies, to enhance bearing performance for more demanding oil and process-lubricated applications.
Innovative product range.
Waukesha Bearings thrust bearing offerings include fixed profile designs for lightly loaded applications and advanced tilting pad solutions for more demanding high-load, high-speed applications.
The Waukesha Bearings journal bearing range is the most extensive in the industry, available in a wide variety of fixed profile (sleeve) and tilting pad configurations.
Waukesha Bearings vertical self-contained (VSC) bearing assemblies provide reliable operation in vertical pumps and motors. Proven designs include large bearing units for motor-driven reactor coolant pumps, water-cooled units for condensate extraction and cooling water pumps, small air-cooled units for LNG pumps and more.
Waukesha Bearings horizontal bearing assemblies include highly customized journal or combined journal and thrust bearings designed to interface with an external pressurized oil system or operate fully self-contained.
Advanced materials such as polymers, ceramics and cermets extend the operating limits of fixed profile and tilting pad bearings and allow lubrication by process fluids such as water and other low viscosity fluids.