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Mechatronic products with sensor-based additional functions record data at the critical points of any type of machine. Schaeffler has extensive design expertise and calculation and modeling systems that cover everything from individual rolling contacts through to bearing supports and the entire system. This is combined with real-time data gathered during operation in order to create a digital image of the machine. The resulting expert model facilitates further analyses and digital services. This makes smart components the ideal enablers for Industry 4.0.

Schaeffler DuraSense now also available for linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway assemblies

Schaeffler integrates sensors and vibration analysis into its linear guidance systems and offers these mechatronic components with automated relubrication. The function was integrated into linear recirculating roller bearing and guideway assemblies in 2017 and is now also available for linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway assemblies. DuraSense prevents both insufficient lubrication and overgreasing, which extends machines’ operating life and reduces the rate of failure.

Consistent expansion of the VarioSense bearing range

Schaeffler’s VarioSense bearings facilitate the digital monitoring of bearing positions. The combination of a standard rolling bearing and a sensor cluster can be configured to match the specific application and customer requirement. For the first time, Schaeffler’s engineers integrated a sensor cluster into cylindrical and tapered roller bearings.

VarioSense bearings supply important data for controlling processes and machine monitoring.
VarioSense bearings supply important data for controlling processes and machine monitoring.
Stefan Glück, Systems Development Manager for Industry 4.0 at Schaeffler
Stefan Glück, Systems Development Manager for Industry 4.0 at Schaeffler

Bearings of the VarioSense series can be used for controlling drives, monitoring processes or calculating the remaining useful life. Thanks to the high level of variability of the bearings and the sensor configuration, the number of possible applications is virtually unlimited.

Stefan Glück, Systems Development Manager for Industry 4.0 at Schaeffler

Flanged housing units become smart

Schaeffler’s flanged housing units are now also available with condition monitoring and lubrication systems to optimize the overall operating costs. The SmartCheck condition monitoring system can be adapted to fit the flanged housing units and detects irregularities such as incipient bearing damage and imbalance. What is more, it can also be used to trigger lubricating impulses to a connected grease lubricator.

Flanged housing units FERS (left) and FERB (right) with service packages for electric motors: SmartCheck condition monitoring system and Concept2 lubricator.
Flanged housing units FERS (left) and FERB (right) with service packages for electric motors: SmartCheck condition monitoring system and Concept2 lubricator.

Condition monitoring with SmartCheck

The SmartCheck condition monitoring system records information on the vibration condition of individual bearings and transfers these data to the cloud. They are then automatically analyzed and evaluated. Machine operators and maintenance technicians receive a clear text notification about the damage that has been analyzed and can plan and initiate maintenance measures at an early stage.

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