Mike Schneider, FASM has been with Timken for 35 years. His career with the company spans plant metallurgy, heat-treat equipment purchase and installation, plant management, R&D forming and thermal-treatment management, and quality. He currently serves as general manager of product materials and metallurgy, where his job responsibilities include: bearing metallurgical standards – material and processing, customer metallurgical issues/standards, steel cleanness, supplier technical approval and development, and plant metallurgical quality.
Mr. Schneider received a BS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) and a Masters in Business from the University of Akron. He has completed executive management programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Mr. Schneider has been a member of ASM International for almost 40 years. He is a past president of the ASM Heat Treating Society and is currently an ASM HTS board member.
Listen to the interview between Industrial Heating Associate Editor Bill Mayer and Mike Schneider that touches on this article, Timken and the bearing industry below or visit www.industrialheating.com/schneider.
This 10-minute video details the bearing manufacturing process at Timken’s Altavista (Va.) Bearing Plant, which serves as the company’s principle domestic source of automotive packaged bearings. The state-of-the-art facility, which started operations in 1991, manufactures bolt-on, tapered roller bearing packages with flanged mounting for use in light-truck wheels. The video highlights specific steps in the process, including heat treatment, grinding, super-finishing and automatic final inspection. It also shows the bearing assembly process.
This 15-minute clip serves as a tour of Timken’s Asheboro (N.C.) Plant, which manufactures bearings from 8-24 inches OD in numerous configurations. Semi-finished and finished rings are also produced for internal and external customers. Bearings produced at Asheboro, which began operations in 1994, undergo six major production steps to become a finished product: sawing, material forming, green machining, heat treatment, finishing and assembly. The video highlights each step in the process.
Bonus video: Click here to watch Timken CEO James Griffith discuss the strength of the company's 2012 earnings with Jim Cramer on CNBC's Mad Money (clip begins at 10-minute mark).
The Timken Company, a global industrial technology leader, applies its deep knowledge of materials, friction management and power transmission to improve the reliability and efficiency of industrial machinery and equipment all around the world. The company engineers, manufactures and markets mechanical components and high-performance steel. Timken bearings, engineered steel bars and tubes – as well as transmissions, gearboxes, chain, related products and services – support diversified markets worldwide. With sales of $5 billion in 2012 and approximately 20,000 people operating from 30 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.
Timken serves many diverse market segments, including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer, defense, energy, industrial equipment, health, heavy industry, machine tool, positioning control, power generation and rail.
Listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1922, Timken has a total of 63 plants, 95 sales offices, 10 technology and engineering centers, 25 shipping centers and six joint ventures located in 30 countries on six continents. The technology and engineering centers are located in North Canton, Ohio; Bangalore, India; Colmar, France; Lebanon and Keene, N.H.; Manchester, Conn.; Mesa, Ariz.; King of Prussia, Pa.; Ploiesti, Romania; and Shanghai, China.
As of 2012, Timken’s plants and distribution centers received more than 120 quality certifications under ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, AS9100, M-1003, OHSAS18001 and other quality certifications. As of 2009, 27 plants were ISO certified.