Official release provided by The Timken Company.
The testing facility, which focuses on ultra-large bearing systems, is the first of its kind in the Americas.
CANTON, Ohio: June 17, 2013 — A collaboration between The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) and Stark State College has produced the Technology and Test Center, the first testing facility of its kind in the Americas. The $14 million center on Stark State College’s North Canton campus tests ultra-large bearing systems–up to 13 feet in outside diameter–on sophisticated equipment that can simulate harsh operating conditions like those found in large multi-megawatt wind turbines. The new test facility will shorten development cycles and improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of large rotating systems.
Testing capabilities within the 18,000 square foot facility have the flexibility to focus on wind turbine applications as well as other large, rotating equipment for industries including off-shore oil rigs, mine trucks, electric shovels (in mining), steel rolling mills, cement vertical mills and hydraulic roll presses.
“This world-class testing facility will supply knowledge vital for the develop-ment of mechanical power-transmission component technologies in multiple industries,” said Douglas H. Smith, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Timken.
“The partnership between Stark State College and The Timken Company marks the latest collaboration between our two institutions to create advancements in technology and industry,” said Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College. “The test center is also an example of our joint commitment to develop education and training capabilities that support industry-leading clean energy programs.”
The test center also houses a classroom/lab that will be used for training Stark State students in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as alternative energy programs that include solar and wind energy, oil and gas, and fuel cells. Stark State offers associate degrees, one-year and short-term certificates in those energy programs.
Today, officials from Timken and Stark State College were joined by a number of community and government leaders, including Ohio’s Lt. Gov. Mary Falvey and Congressman Jim Renacci, to officially mark the opening of the Technology and Test Center, located on 15 acres near the Akron-Canton Airport. Funding for the project combines more than $6 million invested by Timken; $2.1 million from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission; and a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program. Stark State funded the land acquisition, site preparation, building construction and academic furnishings at total cost of $3 million, supported by a gift from the Timken Foundation, a private charitable family foundation.