System optimization with 4.0 solution packages
Schaeffler has developed concepts to allow a range of customer applications to be transferred to the digital world and holistically optimized. The platform concepts combine mechatronic products, condition monitoring systems, and digital services to form application-specific 4.0 solution packages. These provide the basis for the creation of customized products and services whose main focus is always on the effectiveness of the overall system.
Platform concepts for Industry 4.0
Drive Train 4.0
With the “Drive Train 4.0” technology demonstrator, Schaeffler has developed a basic concept for the digitalization and monitoring of motor-gearbox applications, which represents a wide range of drives found in all performance classes and applications. The concept connects existing technology with digital services. In this way, we are taking a significant step towards the future of machine monitoring.
Machine Tool 4.0
Schaeffler is consistently pursuing a path towards digitalized manufacturing with its Machine Tool 4.0. The data gathered are evaluated both locally and in a Schaeffler cloud so that the results can be forwarded to the relevant locations on site. The opportunities for digitalization are not limited to manufacturing machines. The production environment also benefits from a continuous flow of data in the value stream chain.
Maintenance 4.0 for intralogistics
Schaeffler’s customized solution package for intralogistics allows intelligent maintenance to be carried out on operationally critical machines and equipment in intralogistics centers. The objective is to prevent unplanned downtimes, significantly reduce maintenance costs, and increase machine availability. For this purpose, systems for monitoring the condition of drive systems that are relevant for operation and partially automated maintenance systems are used.
Predictive Maintenance 4.0 for wind power
With modular sensor technology in the drive train that is specially adapted for low frequencies, condition-related information can be recorded and processed in real time during operation, e.g. by means of vibration measurements. With the “ConditionAnalyzer” digital service, the operator or maintenance technician can monitor the condition of individual bearings or complete units from anywhere in the world via an internet connection. He or she then receives a plain-text notification about the damage that has been analyzed and can call on Schaeffler’s experts for assistance via remote analysis.
Condition Monitoring 4.0 for railways
Schaeffler has developed a condition monitoring system (CMS) with intelligent software and a cloud connection for the digitalized monitoring and optimized maintenance of entire motorized and trailer bogies in passenger trains. This allows higher average speeds, greater mileage, and longer maintenance intervals to be achieved while also increasing operational reliability at the same time. The operator/maintenance technician can monitor the condition of individual axlebox bearings through to complete wheelsets and bogies from anywhere in the world via an internet connection.
Schaeffler is putting Industry 4.0 into practice – for increased customer benefit, sustainability, and efficiency
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