Protecting friends and neighbors from flooding
Gayle Quinlan has first-hand experience with the real-world impact of Timken engineering. As a 20-year veteran of Philadelphia Gear, which became part of Timken in 2011, she works with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to upgrade flood protection throughout the Southeastern U.S. She also lived and worked through New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We asked her what it’s like to support equipment that protects people and property in her own neighborhood.
Philadelphia Gear has helped power New Orleans pump stations for 100 years. How are you currently helping to modernize your city’s water management infrastructure?
Weather and technology are both changing. So, it’s an ongoing process. Our topography means we’re not just trying to protect New Orleans, but the entire lower Mississippi River Basin. Last year Philadelphia Gear helped upgrade the Morganza Spillway gate equipment, which relieves the Mississippi River from high-water runoff flowing from northern states. It’s massive; the spillway’s control structure can move 600,000 cubic feet of water per second. Aging gantry cranes that operated the vertical-lift gates needed upgrades. We designed and installed two new higher-rated gearboxes and engaged two other Timken brands – PT Tech and Lovejoy – for additional brake and coupling solutions. Since Timken collectively has expertise in all these areas, we were able to create a more integrated, robust and efficient power transmission system to stand the test of time.