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 has more than 90,000 employees at approximately 170 locations in 50 countries. Schaeffler in one of the worlds largest family companies with generated sales of approximately EUR14 billion.
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.
Barden operates from a purpose-built facility in Plymouth on the South West Coast of the UK. Continual investment into state-of-the-art production technology make it one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world. Recent enhancements to the manufacturing equipment at Barden has supported the introduction of new bearing types - including cylindrical roller bearings - and has also increased the company's capacity for small batch production.
A number of different cells are in operation at Barden, each dedicated to serving a specific part of the super precision market. The facility also boasts some 1700 sqm of dedicated cleanroom facilities (ISO 14644-1 standard), available for contamination free assembly and inspection. The two Small Factory Units (SFU's) at Barden between them cover the specialist product lines of:
- Miniature & Instrument (M&I)
- Spindle & Turbine (S&T)
- Machine tool bearings
- Turbomolecular pumps
In addition to this, more than 50% of production is devoted to special bearings, many of which offer added value by higher-level integration - the means to reduce the number of adjacent component parts, thereby optimising both cost and technical advantage.
Such innovations are orchestrated by a highly experienced and knowledgeable engineering team who, assisted by some of the most technologically advanced software available, can help create the 'perfect-fit' solution for every application. To read more about Barden's engineering capability, click here.
Danbury, CT, USA
Winsted Precision Ball Company
Winsted, CT, USA