Schaeffler North America


Testing center and test rigs

The function of completely assembled bearings as well as specific individual components and materials is tested in our Schweinfurt plant, in a facility covering approximately 7,000 m². Around 700 orders are completed annually on 100 different types of test rigs developed in-house for bearings of various designs and sizes.

The reliability of bearings under extreme conditions is tested on FAG’s own railway bearing test rigs. The test rigs simulate running speeds of up to 550 km/h and wind speeds of up to 180 km/h. These tests have led to considerable increases in the operating life and maintenance intervals of the rolling bearings. A kilometer reading of 1.2 million kilometers, depending on the operating conditions, is standard today for INA/FAG bearings in main-line railway vehicles.