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Need for new millwrights fuels increase in demand

Canton, OH -- Demand for Rolling Mill Industry Training classes conducted by The Timken Company nearly doubled in 2...


Canton, OH — Demand for Rolling Mill Industry Training classes conducted by The Timken Company nearly doubled in 2007, primarily because of the urgent need to train new millwrights to replace retiring veterans.

“Many of our customers rely on Timken to help maintain the skills of their rolling mill maintenance team,” said James Mayhugh, a principal service engineer at Timken who conducts many of the classroom and hands-on sessions included in the three-day program. “Because we maintain our own steel mills, manage our customers’ maintenance operations through Milltec and operate roll, chock and bearing repair facilities, we have become a trusted source of training for rolling-mill operators.”

In 2006, 91 individuals attended Rolling Mill Industry Training classes held at Timken’s service engineering lab in Canton. In 2007, 162 people attended.

Ttraining program subjects include: bearing fundamentals; proper handling, installation, lubrication, maintenance and repair of bearings; bearing damage analysis; four-row bearing maintenance and measurements; demonstrations of large-bore four-row tapered bearings used in high-speed applications such as rolling aluminum foil; and gear-drive bearing settings.

Participants use the training on the job to reduce maintenance costs and downtime. Attendees from various countries around the world have participated.