JOHNSON CITY, TN — Bearings maker NN, Inc. announced Thursday that it will begin production of a new series of Cylindrical Roller Bearing cages that utilizes a proprietary process technology.
NN developed this technology at one of its R&D innovation centers and has been working closely with major bearing suppliers to validate the new process. The flexible manufacturing technology allows bearing manufacturers to replace expensive machined cages resulting in significant cost savings. It also reduces tooling costs and shortens lead times on samples providing customers a cost effective fast to market solution for their cylindrical bearing applications.
"This new engineered process solution allows us to provide our customers with robust bearing cages that are globally competitive in all markets," said Jeff Manzagol, SVP Precision Bearing Components group. "This fast-to-market and flexible technology, which provides orders of magnitude in cost reduction, changes the game entirely in the highly competitive global market for cylindrical bearings."
NN has entered into a long-term agreement with a major bearing supplier and will begin production shipments by fall of 2016. The new product will expand into multiple applications and end-markets globally over the next 12 months.
Headquartered in Johnson City, TN, NN has 42 manufacturing plants in North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and China.