Kaydon Bearings celebrated its 75th anniversary on May 16, with events planned for its facilities in Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio, Mexico, China, and Brazil.
The Kaydon Engineering Corporation was founded in May 1941 by A. Harold Frauenthal in Muskegon, Michigan, and its original location is still a Kaydon facility today.
During the past 75 years, Kaydon Bearings has built a tradition of solving the world’s most demanding bearing challenges, as seen with the invention of Kaydon Reali-Slim thin section bearings, still an industry standard for a variety of industries, including aerospace, aviation, medical equipment, heavy equipment, industrial machinery, medical systems, radar, renewable energy, robotics, and semiconductor manufacturing.
Now an SKF Group brand, Kaydon engineers continue to innovate to meet the changing needs of industry and work closely with customers to meet performance requirements.
The Kaydon thin section bearing product line includes Reali-Slim and Ultra-Slim; Real-Slim TT turntable; and custom thin section designs. Slewing ring bearings include four-point contact, eight-point contact, cross roller, three-row roller, and wire-race configurations. Kaydon also provides slewing ring bearing remanufacturing and replacement services.
SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services, which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. SKF acquired Kaydon in 2013.