Engineering & Technology

Depth of Expertise

Waukesha Bearings is a world leader in technology, size, and application experience for the rotating equipment industry. We combine years of field experience with empirical data obtained from internal testing and external technology alliances to verify designs and accurately predict performance.

The depth of engineering expertise at Waukesha Bearings and Waukesha Magnetic Bearings is unrivaled in the industry. Our engineering group includes a pool of Master’s level, Ph.D. and D. Eng. qualified specialists in various disciplines.

Bearing engineering and design
Line-contact tilting pad journal bearing with thrust bearing

Engineered Fluid Film Bearings

Machine performance should not be limited by a series of predesigned performance and size envelopes. At Waukesha Bearings we use a collaborative engineering process to design a bearing solution specific to your application.

Our engineers apply proven bearing design features and advanced materials knowledge to an already extensive range of fixed profile and tilting pad products – resulting in customized systems that can support the performance requirements of your turbomachinery.

Our hydrodynamic bearing technology is considered the most extensive and advanced in the industry. With thousands of installations around the globe, our custom-engineered bearings increase the reliability and efficiency of gas, steam, and hydro turbines, compressors, gearboxes, motors and pumping systems.

The world’s leading manufacturers of rotating equipment trust Waukesha Bearings to deliver proven solutions and superior technology.

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Engineered Magnetic Bearing Systems

Waukesha Magnetic Bearings challenges the traditional method of installing and commissioning magnetic bearing systems that relies heavily on costly and intrusive on-site support.

We’ve used our extensive knowledge of magnetic bearing technology to develop a system that accommodates remote commissioning, diagnostics and machine troubleshooting. This significantly reduces the need for on-site maintenance, increases machine reliability and availability, and decreases the total cost of ownership of magnetic bearing systems.

Using advanced control systems and sensor technology, unique auxiliary bearings and specialized canned magnetic bearing designs, Waukesha Magnetic Bearings systems are optimized to meet the most stringent application requirements. Our bearings have achieved availability of 99.9% without special redundancy provisions, making them the standard for mission critical applications.

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Schematic of radial magnetic bearing

Technology Leadership from Waukesha Magnetic Bearings

Expert bearing engineering

A Total Engineered Solution

  • Fundamental understanding of customer requirements
  • Application of proven designs
  • Experimental results to optimize designs
  • Unique contract drawing
  • Reliable performance predictions

Continuing R&D

From our state-of-the-art research & development laboratories in the U.S. and U.K., we anticipate the challenges facing our industry and pursue advanced bearing technologies that improve the performance of rotating equipment.

Our Commitment to Innovation