Emerson Bearing, providers of bearings and related products to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) global markets, has recently announced a new Transportation Division. Joe Falvey, Marketing Specialist at Emerson Bearing will oversee the division, which is heavily focused on accommodating the unique bearing and related product needs of the Rail industry.
Falvey, who has been with the company for 28 years, will assist clients in determining which bearing technologies would be most suitable by taking into consideration the specifications, recommendations, maintenance strategies, fatigue life and wear resistance of the bearing in relation to the application.
Falvey also oversees the Material Handling Division and previously held the position of Sales Representative. He attended Salem State College in Salem, MA and is a resident of Lancaster, MA.
Bearing requirements for the Transportation industry, in particular the Rail industry, fall into three major groups: Bearings for Drive Systems (transmission, traction drive, axle suspension); Bearings for the Chassis (wheel sets, brakes) and Bearings for Vehicle bodies (connectors, door systems). The product range includes high capacity ball and roller bearings for the transmission and drives as well as rod ends and control bearings for the chassis and door systems.
Emerson Bearing's sister company, Action Bearing, is the prime supplier to the largest rebuilder of major traction motor drives for transit authorities in the Northeast. There are many different bearings used on trains and the bearings themselves have very special requirements. The company specializes in traction motor bearings, which are the size of a desk and fit on each train wheel.
According to Steve Katz, the company's president, "Getting from point A to B is something we often take for granted. The bearings designed for the Rail industry provide the reliability and safety we have come to expect. We do a tremendous amount of business in traction motor drives. Last year, this Northeast rebuilder purchased more than $150K of these monstrous bearings from us. They are absolutely essential for traction in the rain and snow and we are one of the only providers of traction motor bearings."
Emerson Bearing also provides special solutions that include cylindrical roller bearings that meet the higher F1 tolerances for extended running life and reliability which are also available with current insulation. Other related products supplied by Emerson for rail systems include Ball Bearings, Taper Roller Bearings, Spherical Roller Bearings, Oil Seals, Hydraulic Cylinders And Pumps, Miniature / Instrumentation Bearings, Oil Seals, Ball Bearings and Linear Motion.