The giant machine might be anchored to the floor, but program everything right and it can fool a super-sized bearing into believing it’s 300 feet in the air. The equipment occupies one-half of a bay in the Stark State College and Timken Co. Technology and Test Center. Timken researchers can run tests to find out how bearings will stand up under a variety of conditions that the machinery can simulate.
Funding for the project came from: Timken Co., $6 million, Stark State College, $3 million, supported by $500,000 from the Timken Foundation, Ohio’s Third Frontier commission, $2.1 million, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program, $1.5 million.
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