Barden Corporation (UK) Ltd
Barden is a member of the multinational Schaeffler Group, which specialises in bearing technologies and precision products for aerospace, industrial plant and automotive industries. Schaeffler is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and oversees three main brands: FAG, INA and LUK. The group has approximately 61,000 employees at more than 180 locations worldwide, recording consolidated sales of €7.3bn for 2009.
Barden specialises in the design and manufacture of super precision ball bearings for safety-critical and harsh environment applications in a broad range of market sectors, from aerospace bearings to high performance machine tools. The company's activities are supported by sister sites, The Barden Corporation (US) based in Danbury, USA, and the Winsted Precision Ball Company in Connecticut, USA.
Barden is located on the South West coast of the UK in Plymouth. More information on the facilities at Barden can be found here.
The Barden product line encompasses predominantly radial, single row, super precision angular contact and deep groove ball bearings, incorporating full complement bearings and hybrid bearings as well as standard designs and materials. Bearings come in inch or metric dimensions with diameters ranging from 4mm (0.16") outer diameter (OD) up to 180mm (approx 7") OD and operate comfortably at speeds of 2 million dN (bore in mm x RPM) or above. A variety of bearing seals, shields and metallic/non-metallic cage designs are available for all products.Barden is also an EASA part 145 approved repair station for aerospace bearings, offering refurbishment options for bearings up to 300mm.
Repair or replace?
Barden's repair service provides customers with a specialist solution when it's needed most. We understand it's vital that an aircraft spends time in the air and not in the hangar.
We specialise in the repair of bearings of up to 300mm for any industry where regulatory approvals are high or where full traceability of the bearings is required, including the nuclear, rail and military industries. End applications include small engines, gearboxes, oil pumps and auxiliary power units (APUs).
Custom designed and manufactured aerospace bearings are the cornerstone of the Barden product line. Aerospace bearings can be manufactured to ABEC 7/9 (ISO P4/P2) and fully certified, so quality and product precision is ensured throughout the product range.Barden has supplied bearings for applications in pneumatic and electric starters and generators, gearboxes, main engines and a variety of auxiliary aircraft positions. Barden aerospace bearings are capable of high speed, reliable operation and running quietly with minimum power losses, making them well suited to applications in this sector.
Advances in modern medical and dental technology mean that component precision has never been more critical. Barden has a thorough knowledge of the medical and dental industries, supplying bearings for use in applications ranging from X-ray tubes and high speed dental handpiece turbines, to CT scanners and robotic arms used in cosmetic surgery.
As well as supplying to traditional markets, Barden's engineering team have been called on to design bearings for a number of specialist applications. These include bearing systems for autosport and high performance passenger vehicles, fuel cell systems, bearing systems for drill heads used in oil and gas exploration and control rod actuators for nuclear power plants.
Working closely with customers and listening to their needs, Barden is able to design and manufacture super precision bearings for almost any application.
Whilst Barden offers a comprehensive catalogue of standard products, it also prides itself on an innovative, bespoke design and manufacturing service,
Barden's design criteria are based on knowledge, gained over 60 years of specialisation in the field of precision bearings. Creativity is central to the Barden ethos, where engineers use imagination and expertise to develop new ideas and conceive solutions never previously thought of.