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.
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.