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Maxalign® Bearings

Waukesha Bearings’ Maxalign bearings – large optimized tilting pad journal bearings – have answered the demand of industry trends by meeting the greater requirement to handle misalignment and reduce power loss. With 30+ years of proven experience and design flexibility on large rotating plant equipment, along with field experience at high loads and sliding speeds, Waukesha Bearings and Maxalign have become the clear choice of the industry. 

Waukesha Bearings has extensive experience designing Maxalign bearings into new equipment as well as retrofitting into existing machines. Waukesha Bearings’ design philosophy encompasses engineer to engineer relationships, advanced R&D, and an ability to anticipate future needs of the industry and our customers. 

Read a case study on the success of Maxalign bearings in reducing spiral vibration.



  • Patented ball and socket pivot support
  • ‘Directed Lubrication’ technology with no sealing necessary
  • 60˚ arc, 4-pad or 5-pad, offset pivot
  • Hydrostatic jacking
  • Suitable for shaft sizes 300 mm (11.8") and up



  • Reduced oil flow and power loss to help improve machine efficiency
  • Verified performance and predictive capability

Ideally suited for:

  • Large frame gas turbines
  • Large frame steam turbines
  • Turbo-generators
  • Synchronous clutches