Waukesha Bearings is committed to ongoing knowledge development and technology leadership to keep our customers competitive and drive the industry forward.
Toward that end, our engineers develop new application solutions and perform design validation, production testing and simulation of field conditions on proprietary test rigs in state-of-the-art R&D laboratories.
Advancing Bearing Design and Materials
Our fluid film bearing test rigs can measure the performance of journal and thrust bearings – both large and small, oil- and process-lubricated – at a variety of loads and speeds. We have also made significant investments in our materials development and testing to advance bearing performance and reliability.
Ensuring Magnetic Bearing Availability
For magnetic bearings, our Red Rig in Worthing, U.K., is the premier test stand in the world. The rig has a 1.5 ton flexible rotor levitated by AMBs. It runs up to 8,000 rpm and can reproduce critical aspects a system will experience in high-speed, high-power turbomachinery.
The Red Rig is one of several test rigs available to simulate the environments in which the magnetic bearing systems will be installed and to validate our technological advances in active magnetic and auxiliary bearing designs, control systems and electronics.