Friction Bearings – How Old Is This Term?


Bob Chaparro
 

Friction Bearings – How Old Is This Term?

Way back on 6/6/16, Dave Evans defended Timken against the commonly publicized criticism that Timken invented the term “friction bearing” as a put-down against the makers of plain/solid wheel bearings.                                                                                                                                                                                

He stated, “Can we please stop claiming that the Timken Sales department "invented" the term friction bearing? In engineering, the term "friction bearing" predates the Timken company by something of the order of 100 years.”

He also stated, "… while that term may not have been widely used by many in the industry close to maintenance and operations, or accounting and sales forces that used the CBD, it was used by organizations such as the railroad division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - who actually designed the equipment.”

Has anyone actually documented that the railroad division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers used the term “friction bearing”, as asserted by Dave?

Thanks.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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