New Ultrasonic Inspection Line Increases Timken® Large Bar Capacity, Sound-Center Quality
CANTON, Ohio, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) today announced the completion of its ultrasonic test (UT) inspection line at the company’s Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio. This $5 million investment increases Timken large bar finishing capacity and helps ensure large bar sound-center quality.
This cutting edge inspection line allows full body inspection for bar diameters ranging from 6 to 24 inches (15.2 to 61 centimeters) and for lengths up to 35 feet (10.6 meters). The UT line allows for the inspection of the internal volume and the surface of bar products for defects. It also helps characterize the “center soundness” of bars.
“The UT line is an important tool in our efforts to further improve the high quality of our large-bar product,” said Tom Moline, vice president of steel manufacturing for Timken. “The UT line enhances our position as a premiere large bar producer in North America and expands our capabilities to meet demanding ultrasonic specifications.”
The UT line is part of Timken’s $40 million investment in an automated, high-volume in-line forge press at the Faircrest facility. Timken expects the press to begin operation in early 2013 and expand its product capabilities to meet ultrasonic specifications that are even more demanding and, at the same time, reduce the cycle time for larger products.
About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) keeps the world turning with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services that help machinery perform more efficiently and reliably. With sales of $5.2 billion in 2011 and approximately 21,000 people operating from locations in 30 countries, Timken is Where You Turn® for better performance.
SOURCE The Timken Company