EcoSys­tem for mon­i­tor­ing mo­tors and drives

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MOTORS & DRIVES -

Scha­ef­fler is in­tro­duc­ing to Aus­tralia and New Zealand its lat­est con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing and pre­dic­tive main­te­nance tech­nolo­gies that use ad­vanced dig­i­tal ser­vices to look into the fu­ture of mo­tors and drives.

Scha­ef­fler Drive Train 4.0 – part of the Scha­ef­fler Smart EcoSys­tem suite of dig­i­tally in­te­grated prod­ucts – 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 Mark Ciechanow­icz, In­dus­trial Ser­vices Man­ager, Scha­ef­fler Aus­tralia.

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.

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 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.


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, An­dre Kluge, for suit­abil­ity to di­verse Aus­tralasian in­dus­tries where down­time is costly, and main­te­nance is ex­pen­sive and poorly per­form­ing ma­chin­ery wastes time and en­ergy.

Ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude bulk han­dling and con­veyor ap­pli­ca­tions, min­ing and en­ergy; build­ing, con­struc­tion and ac­cess equip­ment in­stal­la­tions, such as fork­lifts and lo­gis­tics; food and bev­er­age and agribusi­ness pro­cesses, in­clud­ing pa­per and pack­ag­ing; man­u­fac­tur­ing, me­tals and process en­gi­neer­ing, trans­port and in­dus­trial mo­tor and trans­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing pump­ing and HVAC in­stal­la­tions and util­i­ties in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and waste wa­ter.

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. The man­u­fac­turer says 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 is shap­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion with a clear vi­sion and spe­cific so­lu­tions highly rel­e­vant to Aus­tralasian in­dus­try, says 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 to use them specif­i­cally for con­trol­ling pro­cesses, max­i­miz­ing avail­abil­ity and op­ti­mis­ing prod­uct qual­ity.­eren­quiry #171126

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