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Industry 4.0 very concrete in the application: That shows Schaeffler with already realized reference projects from selected industries. The Industrie 4.0 solution packages are specifically tailored to the respective application in drive technology, logistics or municipal infrastructure and are configured in a modular way from sensor technology, mechatronics and digital services.

Schaeffler offers OEMs, plant operators and industrial service companies special industry 4.0 solution packages. These scalable offerings increase machine and plant availability and optimize processes. The "Smart Ecosystem" serves as an IT infrastructure for the integration of smart components, visualization and analysis tools as well as digital services. Using four reference projects from the field as an example, the company demonstrates the broad field of possibilities for using its rolling bearing and system expertise in the design and implementation of intelligent maintenance and optimized processes.

Electric motors report condition to the cloud

A Dutch industrial service company equips the aggregates of its customers "Smart checks"Optimizes its plant monitoring by switching from regular offline to continuous online measurements. By connecting to the Schaeffler cloud, the service provider can use the digital service "Condition Analyzer". This provides in the form of plain text messages automated diagnostics on the state of the aggregates. The Condition Analyzer offers far-reaching analyzes of the raw signals with true pattern recognition, since Schaeffler engineers' many years of storage and vibration control know-how is incorporated into the underlying algorithms. This reliably prevents mechanical failures of the electric motors. Switching to digital service with Smartcheck as hardware means fewer trips to the customer for the service company, earlier scheduling of maintenance and thus increased efficiency and availability of the equipment.

Transmission state analysis via cloud-to-cloud communication

An 4.0 solution for wind power is the result of the cooperation between Schaeffler and a major gear manufacturer. Based on the real loads from the operation of the wind turbine, more precise analyzes and forecasts of the state of the gearbox are possible with the jointly developed expert models. Cloud-to-cloud communication enables the transmission manufacturer to integrate the know-how of the warehouse expert into their system. The Schaeffler Smart Ecosystem as an open, digital ecosystem enables common cloud-to-cloud solutions with customers and partners thanks to standardized interfaces and encrypted communication via the Internet or VPN connections.

Autonomously monitor and lubricate drinking water pumps

schaeffler20218With a complete solution for monitoring and lubricating the supply-relevant units, Schaeffler ensures trouble-free and reliable operation in a waterworks. To prevent the failure of centrifugal pumps, the drinking water supplier uses a complete solution consisting of Condition Monitoring System Smart QB and Lubricator Concept 8. The preconfigured Smart QB detects irregularities in the vibration behavior of the units, identifies possible causes and then outputs a plain text message. Optimum, needs-based lubrication of the pump bearings is provided by the Concept 8. With this complete solution, the warehouse specialist enables early planning of maintenance work and the optimization of maintenance processes.

Reliable material flow in the storage and distribution center

schaeffler30218Completely different dimensions, but similar demands on availability, apply to the aggregates in the logistics center of a large automotive and industrial supplier such as Schaeffler. Together with a provider of logistics solutions, the company is implementing an intelligent maintenance of mission-critical aggregates in its newest logistics center:

Smartcheck systems permanently monitor the lifting and travel drives of the stacker cranes, lifting stations and spiral conveyors. Concept 8 units lubricate pallet conveyor technology and electric floor conveyors on demand and autonomously. By integrating the status data and other central operating parameters into the visualization in the control center, critical KPIs can be defined and controlled in a targeted manner. Autonomous subsystems reduce the hassle of manual maintenance tasks and the risk of incorrectly performed maintenance.


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