Cooper Reduces Lead Times for Made-to-Order Bearings

  Cooper Reduces Lead Times for Made-to-Order Bearings

Business Wire

NORFOLK, Va. -- January 10, 2013

Cooper Roller Bearings, a unit of Kaydon Corporation, is reducing delivery
times for its large, made-to-order split roller bearings, thanks to a
significant investment in manufacturing capacity that allows it to handle all
production steps in-house. Eliminating reliance on outside machining sources
also gives the company more control over quality.

“Our lead times for large, custom split bearings were already the best in the
industry, and now customers’ orders are being filled even faster,” said Pat
Smith, director of operations at the Cooper plant in King’s Lynn, England. “We
expect that by summer we will have reduced the typical lead time by four to
six weeks, and our long-term goal is to deliver large made-to-order bearings
in 12 to 16 weeks.”

The recent installation of new state-of-the-art machinery allows Cooper to
perform all turning and grinding operations on its large made-to-order
bearings and housings, even on split taper roller bearings for shafts up to
780 mm (30.7 inches) that previously required some machining by outside
companies. Large cylindrical roller bearings and housings for shaft sizes up
to 1,550 mm (5 feet) were already machined in-house.

The $6.4 million investment by Cooper’s parent company, Kaydon Corporation,
supports the growing popularity of Cooper’s large custom split bearings and
housings, whose sales have been increasing by 25% annually. It further
enhances the vertical integration of the Cooper operation in King’s Lynn,
which includes design, casting, and finishing as well as turning and grinding.

The split roller design of Cooper bearings makes them ideal for a wide range
of applications, primarily where limited access for maintenance or replacement
makes standard bearings impractical. They are also often specified in dusty,
dirty or wet conditions, where dependable sealing is essential.

Cooper Roller Bearings ( is a vertically
integrated manufacturer of split-to-the-shaft roller bearings, producing all
standard bearing sizes and housings with fast turnaround on large,
custom-built units. Cooper invented the split roller bearing and continues to
lead its development.

Kaydon Corporation (  is a leading designer and manufacturer of
custom-engineered, performance-critical products, supplying a broad and
diverse group of alternative-energy, military, industrial, aerospace, medical
and electronic equipment, and aftermarket customers.


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