Understanding Power Transmission: An In-Depth Guide

When you hear the words “power transmission,” what do you think of? Most people think of automobiles. But mechanical power transmission is much more than that– in fact, it’s everywhere you look.  What is Power Transmission?   At its core, power transmission is simply the movement of energy from one place to the next. That energy […]

How to Choose the Right Bearing for Your Application

Manufactured needle bearings move in a linear fashion along a conveyor.

Bearings carry the weight of the world, acting as essential components of every kind of conveying you can imagine. But all bearings aren’t created equal! Choosing the right type of bearing for your application will make a big difference in the efficiency and longevity of your equipment. Different applications need different bearings to handle various […]

What You Need to Know About Measuring Chain Pitch

A close up of two sections of roller chain are pictured in a blue light.

Industrial roller chains keep our world moving. From conveyor systems to power transmission and lifting applications, these versatile workhorses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations. However, this wide variety means that there is a lot to know to ensure you get the right chain size for the job.  This comprehensive guide will […]

The 3 Biggest Conveying Challenges in Food and Beverage Processing

Bottles of an orange liquid are conveyed through a clean industrial facility.

If you work in food and beverage processing, you know that there are unique challenges to overcome. Between high sanitation standards, frequent equipment washdowns, and potential food contamination, there’s a lot to manage.  In this article, we’ll examine these challenges, and how to handle them. We’ll also explore how Timken’s innovative products can provide solutions […]

Why Your Bearings Are Better With Seals

A photo of a series of sealed roller bearings against a white background. They're lined up from smallest to largest.

You wouldn’t leave the windows open in your car when it’s raining. So why would you want to leave your bearings exposed to contaminants? That’s where seals come in.  In this article, we’ll discuss how bearing seals work, why they are important, and lastly, we’ll examine a sealed spherical roller bearing that stands above rest. […]

Guide to Conveyor Belting Parts & Their Functions

Conveyor belt package handler belting parts and their functions. Shows a conveyor belt with boxes on top of a belt and rollers.

Warehouse efficiency hinges on smooth product movement. Conveyor belts are the workhorses behind this flow, transporting packages from one point to another. Understanding the components of a package handling conveyor is crucial for maximizing throughput and minimizing downtime. This guide explores the essential parts of package handling conveyor belting and their functions. We’ll also explore […]

How Automation Can Protect Your Bearings

An image of various types of roller bearings.

Bearings are unsung heroes, quite literally bearing the weight of relentless motion in industrial systems. They play a critical role in transferring loads, reducing friction between moving parts, and facilitating smooth operation. Their failure can be a big problem– leading to downtime you don’t want or need.  One of the best ways to keep your […]

Plastic or Steel? How to Choose the Right Conveyor Bucket 

Bucket elevator with conveyor buckets containing product.

Conveyor buckets stand out as an exceptionally versatile choice for all kinds of material handling. However, that wide applicability means there are also important choices to make when selecting your conveyor bucket.  What Is a Conveyor Bucket? When you think of a bucket, you might think of a pail with a handle, or a five-gallon […]

What Is a Grease Gun Used For?

using a grease gun

From industrial facilities and farms to manufacturers, warehouses, and countless other industries, heavy machinery forms the backbone of daily operations. These machines are constantly moving, but that movement creates friction and wear between their components.   Lubrication is essential to reduce this wear and tear, extending the lifespan of the equipment. However, many critical components are […]

Solutions to the Most Common Sprocket Problems

Sprocket machining

Sprockets are essential components of many industrial systems. Sometimes known as sprocket wheels, sprockets rotate while engaging with a belt or chain. Notches in the sprocket “catch” with grooved teeth, which allows them to rotate smoothly when they’re in top working order.  The most commonly recognized sprocket is on a standard bicycle, where the sprocket […]