NSK has been active in the field of wind energy for decades and is one of the main suppliers of gearboxes. Other focal points are bearings for main rotors and generators.
For two decades NSK has been a partner of the wind industry and one of the main suppliers of roller bearings for wind energy gearboxes and bearings for main rotor shafts and generators.
Skills from sales and application technology are combined in the wind energy team – and also include the latest research results from our technology centres. Bearings are specifically designed using highly developed calculation and simulation tools. Our experienced engineers take account of load cycles, lubrication, deformation, thermal response and also extreme and maximum conditions. This is the only way to produce a construction with cost-optimised components that also reliably function under maximum loads and have a long service life.
NSK wind standard
As the first manufacturer, NSK defined the pioneering wind standard U303 for roller bearings back in 2008 – including a one hundred percent traceability of the components of every single bearing and all essential processes. NDT methods (non destructive testing) are also available to avoid grinding burn, fractures in material and structural breakdowns.
Long service life with BOC (black oxide coating) and patented materials
BOC treatment of bearings prevents untimely bearing failures caused by white etching cracks (WEC). The patented special material AWS-TF (anti white structure-tough) is also available for high-level requirements and reliably prevents damage caused by WEC. Our STF material (super-tough) has proved ideal when it comes to increasing the load rating and service life, especially for contaminated lubricants. Certification by DNV GL confirms: Using Super-TF material means that the basic dynamic load rating can be improved by 23% in roller bearings, and 26% in ball bearings. This is equivalent to a doubling of bearing fatigue life.
- Hersteller- und Zuliefererbeirat
- Founded: 1916
- Sales: Global: ~ € 6,811 mill (as per March 2020)
- Employees: Global: ~ 30.700 (as per March 2020)