Timken company was founded by Henry Timken in St. Louis in 1899 and incorporated as The Timken Roller Bearing Axle Company. In 1898, Henry Timken obtained a patent for the tapered roller bearing.
The Timken Company designs, manufactures, sells and services highly engineered anti-friction bearings and assemblies, high-performance steels and mechanical power transmission systems, as well as a broad spectrum of related products and services. The company has four operating segments: Mobile Industries, Process Industries, Aerospace and Defense, and Steel.
Tapered roller bearings were a breakthrough at the end of the 19th century because bearings used in wheel axles had not changed much since ancient times. They relied on bearings enclosed in a case that held lubricants. These were called “friction bearings” and depended on lubricants to function. Without proper lubrication, these bearings would fail due to excessive heat caused by friction. Timken was able to reduce the friction on his bearings significantly by using a “cup” and “cone” design incorporating tapered bearings that actually rolled, which reduced the load placed on the bearings by distributing the weight and load evenly across the cups, cones and bearings.
Timken Company is a global manufacturer of bearings, high-performance steels, and related components and assemblies.Timken operates in 30 countries and territories.