Waukesha Magnetic Bearings®, a Waukesha Bearings business and an industry leader in custom engineered magnetic bearing systems for large turbomachinery and high-performing rotating equipment, is proud to announce Mike Swann, General Manager, will be delivering a keynote address at the 14th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings (ISMB14) August 11-14 in Linz, Austria. The keynote address is titled “Industrialisation Trends for Active Magnetic Bearings in the Turbomachinery Industry.”
“We are very pleased to have one of the recognized leaders in industrial applications of magnetic bearings, Waukesha Magnetic Bearings, provide a keynote address at ISMB14 (14th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings) about their view of continuing industrialization trends and what that means for the future of this technology of worldwide interest. Mike Swann, General Manager of Waukesha Magnetic Bearings and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at ISMB13, will be presenting this talk,” said Prof. Wolfgang Amrhein, Chair of ISMB14.
In his keynote address, Swann will focus on the increasing adoption rate of active magnetic bearings in the turbomachinery industry and how leading magnetic bearing suppliers have been exceeding customer expectations. In turbomachinery applications for oil & gas and power generation, this has meant the globalization of sales and service activities as well as key project engineering, product development and manufacturing functions. Swann’s keynote will examine the history of these trends and what one supplier sees as the future of this industry.
In addition to Swann’s keynote address, Waukesha Magnetic Bearings Engineering Manager, Richard Jayawant, will present a paper titled “Numerical and Experimental Results of Auxiliary Bearings Testing on a High Speed Test Rig.” Waukesha Magnetic Bearings will be exhibiting in the central exhibition area throughout the four-day event.
Waukesha Bearings, a global leader in the design and manufacture of oil- and process-lubricated engineered bearings, is proud to offer the presentation of the integral squeeze film damper (ISFD) 8 – 10 a.m. June 19, at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The presentation is based on a paper that presents experimental tests and analytical results focused on stabilizing a 46 MW 6,230kg utility steam turbine experiencing subsynchronous rotordynamic instability. The paper, coauthored by Dr. Jong Kim, Sr. Principal Engineer of Waukesha Bearings, and several other ASME colleagues, advances an integral squeeze film damper (ISFD) solution which was implemented to resolve the subsynchronous vibration and allow full-load and full-speed operation of the machine.
Dr. Jong Kim is Senior Principal Engineer for Waukesha Bearings. Joining KMC/BPI in 2001, he possesses extensive experience in rotordynamic analyses and bearing failure analyses. A former mechanical engineering teacher at Korea Maritime University for 10 years, Dr. Jong Kim received a BS degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1985) from Busan National University, and an MS degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1987) and a PhD (Mechanical Engineering, 1991) from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). He has authored and coauthored several technical papers and holds patents on bearings and dampers.
Waukesha Magnetic Bearings, an industry leader in custom-engineered magnetic bearing systems for large turbomachinery and high-performing rotating equipment, announces the availability of its Automated Commissioning System. Waukesha’s Automated Commissioning System offers the skill and expertise of an experienced magnetic bearing engineer condensed and conveniently packaged into a toolkit of intelligent programs.
“Automated Commissioning gives OEMs and end-users the ability to carry out the maintenance and commissioning process. This results in a repeatable, consistent process that’s faster and reduces total lifetime cost of ownership,” said Richard Jayawant, Director of Engineering at Waukesha Magnetic Bearings. “Automated Commissioning further establishes Waukesha Magnetic Bearing’s commitment to leading the bearing industry with innovation and reliability that continues to meet our customers’ needs.”
By taking an OEM or end-user engineer through the commissioning process in a highly structured sequence, Waukesha’s Automated Commissioning System can allow a magnetic bearing system to be commissioned into operation without the presence of an active magnetic bearing (AMB) specialist. Featuring computer-based automation, the Automated Commissioning System is much faster than hands-on commissioning procedures. The system’s computer automation delivers automatic collection and archiving of essential data, which ensures reduced time required for planned maintenance.
The Automated Commissioning System software is capable of monitoring machine progress and recording measurements as soon as the machine is ready, which minimizes measurement time. Multiple readings can be collected within a few seconds to ensure an accurate assessment. The Automated Commissioning System is available on Elephanta®, Chinook®, and Zephyr® magnetic bearing systems. The system will provide faster commissioning by providing end-users with automatic checks after maintenance, independent of the OEM. Providing a path toward true machine prognostics, in addition to reduced site time, cost and reduced need for an AMB specialist, the Automated Commissioning System will ensure rapid identification for the degradation of machine performance and the ability to consistently tune repeat units.
Automated Commissioning is suitable for initial-build (OEM), end-user installation and maintenance work. It provides the OEM with an ability to commission and maintain independently, providing quicker commissioning on first-of-class machines.
Waukesha Bearings, a global leader in the design and manufacture of oil- and process-lubricated engineered bearings, is proud to announce the availability of its Multi-Lobe Semi-Floating (MLSF®) bearings. The unique MLSF technology, which improves stability and reliability compared to conventional floating ring bearings, can extend the life of host equipment and surrounding parts.
“Our MLSF design is specifically engineered to minimize vibrations, which promotes longer-lasting equipment and lessens the likelihood of early failures in the turbocharger or downstream equipment,” said Ken Bischof, Senior Development Engineer at Waukesha Bearings. “A failed bearing can lead to downtime for a replacement bearing, or worse, replacement of related equipment. A bearing system operating at an optimized temperature, which is cool enough to prevent coking yet hot enough to maintain optimum viscosity, can minimize both downtime and power loss.”
By designing the MLSF bearing system to operate at optimized temperatures with minimal vibrations, the life of the equipment and surrounding parts is extended. In addition to global customer service and Waukesha Bearings’ proven results, the MLSF bearings offer an ideal solution for smaller, high-speed turbomachinery, as well as for turbochargers in large diesel or natural gas engines.
Waukesha Bearings’ MLSF bearings, available for use with shafts as small as 0.5 inches in a single bearing or cartridge, can handle a static unit load as light as 10 psi (.07MPa) to a dynamic unit load exceeding 700 psi (4.8 MPa). The MLSF, which can handle multi-viscosity oils, is engineered to accommodate temperature ranges up to 300ºF (149ºC) with even higher temperatures available. The first Waukesha Bearings MLSF bearing, which has been in field operation for more than 30,000 hours, continues to surpass competitive bearing performance of only 500 hours in the same application.
Pewaukee, Wisconsin — Waukesha Bearings Corporation, an operating unit within Dover Corporation’s (NYSE: DOV) Fluid Management segment, announced today that it has acquired KMC, Inc. and Bearings Plus, Inc., leaders in the design, analysis and manufacturing of engineered fluid film bearings and seals. KMC is based in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and Bearings Plus is based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition of KMC and Bearings Plus extends Waukesha’s market-leading bearing solutions for oil & gas and large scale power generation applications. The KMC and Bearings Plus brands are well known in the industry for delivering innovative products and superior customer service. Both will benefit greatly from Waukesha’s infrastructure and global customer reach, providing opportunities for growth internationally. Waukesha expects to realize additional synergies through Dover’s productivity initiatives and by focusing on joint technology development to serve the needs of customers worldwide.
Robert Leisure, President of Waukesha Bearings, said, “The addition of KMC and BPI to Waukesha follows Dover’s strategy of acquiring successful companies where significant value can be created through broadening our product offering, expanding our engineering capabilities and leveraging our scale. We’re pleased to add such a well respected industry leader with a reputation for innovation and delivering high-performing solutions to customers.”
About Waukesha Bearings
Waukesha Bearings Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of engineered hydrodynamic bearings, magnetic bearings and sealing products for rotating equipment in oil & gas, power generation, marine and industrial markets. Typical applications include gas, steam and hydro turbines, centrifugal gas compressors, gearboxes, pumps and motors.
Founded in 1946, Waukesha Bearings Corporation has been an operating company of Dover since 1977. The Company is comprised of Waukesha Bearings, Waukesha Magnetic Bearings and Inpro/Seal. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Waukesha has facilities in the US, UK, Mexico, Russia, India and Japan, and localized sales representation around the world.
About Dover Corporation
Dover Corporation is a global manufacturer of innovative components and equipment, specialty systems and support services for a variety of applications in the industrial products, engineered systems, fluid management and electronic technologies markets. For more information, please visit www.dovercorporation.com.
Pewaukee, Wisconsin — Waukesha Bearings, an operating company of Dover Corporation, acquired Inpro/Seal Company, the leading designer and manufacturer of bearing isolator technologies, effective December 30, 2009. Inpro/Seal is based in Rock Island, Illinois. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“After much consideration, I felt Waukesha Bearings was the best strategic fit for Inpro/Seal. As leaders in our respective markets, Waukesha and Inpro/Seal share similar value propositions of delivering premium technology and superior service to our customers,” said David Orlowski, Founder of Inpro/Seal.
The acquisition of Inpro/Seal adds adjacent product lines to Waukesha’s market-leading bearing solutions for oil & gas and power generation markets. The Inpro/Seal brand has been highly successful in North America, and the addition of Waukesha’s global footprint provides opportunities for growth internationally.
About Waukesha Bearings
Waukesha Bearings is a leading designer and manufacturer of engineered hydrodynamic and magnetic bearings for high-performing turbomachinery in oil & gas, power generation, marine and industrial markets. Typical applications include gas, steam and hydro turbines, centrifugal gas compressors, gearboxes, pumps and motors.
Founded in 1946, Waukesha has been an operating company of Dover since 1977. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Waukesha has facilities in the US, UK, Mexico, Russia, India and Japan, and localized sales representation around the world.
Established in 1977, Inpro/Seal is the leading designer and manufacturer of bearing isolator technologies for a broad range of rotating equipment applications. Inpro/Seal invented the bearing isolator and has maintained a leadership position in the niche markets they serve. To date, nearly 4 million Inpro/Seal Bearing Isolators have been installed in rotating equipment throughout the world.