Are remanufactured industrial bearings as good as new? Yes, when Timken does the work, even on bearings produced by any other manufacturer.
That’s not news to Jay Alexander, manager, industrial bearing services, who has more than 20 years of experience repairing bearings. “A bearing remanufactured by Timken can be returned to like-new specifications in about one third of the time and at a savings of up to 60 percent off the cost of a new bearing,” he said. “Timken offers the industry’s best warranty on remanufactured bearings – 18 months – and has never had a warranty claim.”

“Advancements in bearing design, materials, maintenance and repair methods have greatly expanded the potential applications for bearing repair as an effective option for extending the useful bearing life,” explained Jerry Rhodes, general manager, engineering fundamentals and  physical testing.

“The growing popularity of repair programs in process industries shows an increased understanding in the marketplace of the significant value, both in time and cost, compared to replacing bearings,” he added.

Four methods to repair bearings

As part of the Timken Power Systems group, Timken offers four methods of industrial bearing repair: recertification, reconditioning, remanufacturing and reclamation. In general, bearing repair is best suited for bearings with a 12-in./300 mm or larger inside diameter (I.D.), although reclamation repair is economical for customers with large quantities of 3 in.-8 in./80 mm-200 mm inside diameter products.

Customers interested in learning more about the value of Timken repairs can refer to the recent Tribology International article: “A Finite Element Model for Rolling Contact Fatigue of Refurbished Bearings.” Citing research conducted at Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering, with technical support from Timken, the article said, “If done correctly, repaired bearings offer like-new performance.”

The article was written by several Purdue professors and two Timken engineers: Ryan Evans, program manager, continuous improvement, and Kuldeep Mistry, principal product development engineer, product development.

Bearing repair is not a new option, but it is increasingly popular with customers in process industries, providing a tangible value. To help customers recognize how remanufactured bearings can save them time and money, Jay helped produce an easy-to-read brochure that answers typical questions, please ask Timken.

Timken repairs industrial bearings around the world

Timken repairs industrial bearings in multiple locations:

  • Canada – Service Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan;
  • China – Wuxi Plant;
  • India – Raipur Service Center;
  • Romania – Ploiesti Plant;
  • South Africa – Benoni;
  • US – Indiana Service Center in Mishawaka, Ind.; and Carolina Service Center in Union, S.C.

Many customers significantly reduce the overall cost of their operations by building an inventory of critical spare bearings. When it’s time to replace bearings, they pull new or repaired parts from inventory and send the out-of-service bearings to Timken for reconditioning or remanufacturing. This reduces bearing costs, eliminates stock-outs and avoids costly downtime.


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