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Maxalign® 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. The 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. 

Most recently, Waukesha Bearings has patented an innovative trailing edge cooling technology. When applied to a Maxalign bearing, this technology can lower bearing temperatures to permit operating speeds and loads in excess of 100 m/s and 3 MPa, without compromising bearing life or safety margin.

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


Features and Benefits




  • 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