NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Norio Otsuka) today announced that it has developed a new retainer plate* equipped ball bearing for automobile transmissions.
This new product can be automatically assembled thanks to a process involving the formation of a protrusion inside the retainer plate using a press machine, making it possible to fasten the retainer plate to the bearing. This new structure also makes it possible to increase engine torque and can work with a variety of plate shapes. This helps to make transmissions more compact and lighter, and it enables higher performance.
NSK is targeting 1 billion yen in global annual sales in 2018 for this product.
|* Retainer plate:
|A plate that secures the bearing to the housing in order to restrict axial movement of the shaft and bearing.