Industry Conference to Be Given Insights into Driving the Future with Schaeffler's Latest EcoSystem Digital-monitoring Technology

A world leader in industrial bearing technologies, Schaeffler, will exhibit some of the world’s latest cost-saving condition monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies at the 40th annual ASSCT Conference in Mackay in April.

Jose Grande, Schaeffler’s Sales & Service Engineer for Queensland, will present exhibits to sugar cane technologists incorporating some of the latest developments in global technologies that use that use advanced digital services to look into the future of motors and drives to optimise production and help prevent premature wear and breakdowns.

The technologies displayed are also relevant to a wide range of agribusiness and bulk handling applications, ranging from sugar, cotton and grain through to minerals, coal, cement and other crops and commodities in which Schaeffler Australia has extensive experience. The technologies are relevant to production processing machinery including motors, drives, crushers, bulk handling, conveyor, pumping, HVAC and transport applications.

The new predictive maintenance technologies will connect with Schaeffler Drive Train 4.0 – part of the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem suite of digitally integrated products – which expands conventional condition monitoring approaches by linking diverse digital information sources into a single platform with new options for increased efficiency, machinery lifespan and sustainability, reduced downtime, reduced energy use and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Schaeffler’s Drive Train 4.0 links existing technology with new digital services to take a big step further into the digitalised production and machine monitoring of the future,” says Mr Mark Ciechanowicz, Industrial Services Manager, Schaeffler Australia.

Drive Train 4.0 is the product of extensive research and development of the global Schaeffler organisation which employs more than 86,000 people globally, including more than 6,000 at 16 research and development centres dedicated to high-performance, low-maintenance bearing technology. Schaeffler’s 170 locations in 50 countries include long-established Australasian operations whose capabilities include new system engineering, refurbishment and extensive technical support for systems such as Drive Train 4.0. While maintenance personnel previously had to draw and laboriously analyse information from many separate systems, Schaeffler is now offering a platform for bundling, analysing and interpreting these data.

Drive Train 4.0’s latest innovations include two newly-developed micro services, which focus on optimum machine capacity, longer machine operating times, data-based predictive maintenance, and reduced overall operating costs, says Mr Ciechanowicz. The new micro services include the calculation of rolling bearings’ nominal remaining useful life during operation based on real load spectra, and automated rolling bearing diagnostics with the FAG SmartCheck vibration analysis system. Both services connect to the Schaeffler cloud, where the corresponding big data and software solutions are implemented. Software installations on the end devices of customers are not required; an internet browser and a network connection are sufficient.

Reviewed for Australasia

The new technology was showcased at the most recent Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, where it was reviewed by the Managing Director of Schaeffler Australia, Mr Andre Kluge, for suitability to diverse Australasian industries where downtime is costly, and maintenance is expensive and poorly performing machinery wastes time and energy.

Technology exhibited at Hannover Messe and particularly relevant to Australasian industry comprised an engine, clutch, and transmission designed to represent a wide range of drives in all performance classes. The latest generation of the FAG SmartCheck single-channel vibration analysis system, the FAG DTECT X1s multi-channel vibration analysis system, the FAG Concept2 automatic lubricator, the FAG WearDebrisCheck – an oil particle counter – and the FAG Xeleris torque measurement module are integrated into the drive. An outstanding characteristic of the innovative torque measurement module is that the sensor system does not affect the torsion rigidity of the drive train as the mechanical properties of the drive shaft are not affected. The dynamic behaviour of the drive remains unchanged.

Drive Train 4.0 is part of the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem, which is attuned to the digital revolution and the linking of components and systems that increase the efficiency of machines and equipment. Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem Schaeffler is shaping the digital transformation with a clear vision and specific solutions highly relevant to Australian industry, says Mr Ciechanowicz. With Smart EcoSystem, Schaeffler is offering a consistent hardware and software infrastructure – from sensorised components to digital services and business models.

Objectives include:

  • obtaining important data for process control and machine monitoring, providing dependability and precision with sensors and mechatronic products;
  • making use of Schaeffler’s unique global domain know-how, in the form of digital services, in order to automatically generate relevant information from the gathered data and to receive specific recommendations for action;
  • profiting from digital solutions such as Drive Train 4.0, which is one of many solutions, including those for machine tools, railway, or wind applications;
  • and using them specifically for controlling processes, maximising availability and optimising product quality.
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