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Schaeffler at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

Even today, we are already paving the way for the mobility of tomorrow with our innovative products and solutions. In addition to environmentally friendly drive technologies, the promotion and expansion of renewable energies also play a central role here. As a strategic development partner, we have been supplying reliable bearing solutions for onshore and offshore wind turbines for over 30 years.

Cost-effective wind turbines require reliable components. With our strong brands INA and FAG, we can offer the ideal bearing solution for every wind turbine as well as a holistic safety concept.

News from the Trade Show Booth

Digital Services for Condition Monitoring, Optimized Bearings for the Rotor Shaft, and More

  • Schaeffler at WindEnergy Hamburg – Review

    At the WindEnergy, the world’s leading trade show for wind energy in Hamburg, more than 1200 companies exhibited their innovations and products.

    The wind industry is growing. At the WindEnergy, the world’s leading trade show for wind energy in Hamburg, more than 1200 companies exhibited their innovations and products. For Schaeffler, wind energy is an important business segment. At the company’s booth, visitors got to experience new bearing designs, optimized products and innovative systems.

  • Schaeffler displays optimized bearings for wind turbines

  • Optimized and new bearings for the rotor shaft

    Wind turbines must withstand enormous loads during operation. That is why Schaeffler has made its spherical roller bearings for the rotor shaft bearing supports even more robust. Comprehensive testing has provided the bearings with the “X-life” seal of approval.

  • Pictures from the start of the show


    Digital services for condition monitoring

    With its digital services, Schaeffler is showing new condition monitoring possibilities for wind turbines.

    The WindEnergy trade show in Hamburg. More than 1200 exhibitors are presenting their products and services. With its digital services, Schaeffler is showing new condition monitoring possibilities for wind turbines. Information on the condition of the bearings and gearbox can be analyzed in real time by using vibration measurement. Schaeffler’s “automated rolling bearing diagnosis” lets operators monitor the condition of individual bearings or entire systems via an Internet connection.

Reliability - Made by Schaeffler

Schaeffler Wind Power Standard Ensures Optimum Quality

Schaeffler Wind Power Standard: Highest quality standard for products and processes
Schaeffler Wind Power Standard: Highest quality standard for products and processes

Schaeffler Wind Power Standard

With the Schaeffler Wind Power Standard, we can also provide the wind power sector with the levels of quality that we have already successfully established in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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ASTRAIOS large-size bearing test rig
ASTRAIOS large-size bearing test rig

Simulation, calculation and test

With state-of-the-art calculation and simulation programs as well as realistic tests using our ASTRAIOS large-size bearing test rig, we make a decisive contribution to making the design of wind turbines faster and more reliable while also increasing their cost-effectiveness and safety.

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Rotor Bearing Support

The Ideal Solution for Every Bearing Support Concept

FAG flange bearing unit

As a rotor bearing, the space saving and pre-assembled FAG flange bearing unit supports all forces and torques, thus permitting a compact drive train design.

Our large-size bearing test rig “Astraios” has essentially assisted with the development of this flange bearing unit: Findings from test runs from the past five years have been coordinated closely with the simulation and calculation of the bearing unit.

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Optimized FAG spherical roller bearings

We have optimized our proven spherical roller bearings in order to increase the operating life of the rotor bearing support.

The development of an asymmetrical spherical roller bearing represents yet another step towards more robustness, particularly by reducing wear. It increases axial load carrying capacity while also reducing vibrations in the drive train.

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Gearbox

The Right Bearing Support for Every Gearbox

FAG high capacity cylindrical roller bearing
FAG high capacity cylindrical roller bearing

FAG high capacity cylindrical roller bearing

With its new lean cage design, FAG’s high capacity cylindrical roller bearing combines the advantages of full-complement roller bearings with those of cage bearings. Particularly when used as a direct bearing support, it permits a much better design space utilization than comparable standard bearings.
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Innovative solutions against WEC

Schaeffler has comprehensive testing facilities for creating White Etching Cracks (WEC), analyzing the causes, and developing solution concepts for reducing the risk of WEC.

For an efficient and economical reduction of WEC damage, Schaeffler recommends the through hardening of bearings in combination with coating the rings and rolling elements with Durotect B.

Damage caused by WEC has occurred only in 0.01 percent of the 750,000 bearings with Durotect B that have been produced by Schaeffler since 2005 for use in bearing positions affected by WEC.

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Generator

Current Insulating Bearings for Prevention of Damage due to Current Passage

Current insulating bearings

Current-insulating bearings prevent damage due to the passage of electrical current and thus ensure lower maintenance costs and higher machine availability. The new coating J20G offers the highest level of insulation (breakdown voltage up to 5,000 volts DC).
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Current-insulating deep groove ball bearing with Insutect coating
Current-insulating deep groove ball bearing with Insutect coating
Predictive Maintenance 4.0

Maximum Uptime through Digital Networking

Increase availability through digitalization

Continuous digitalization will have a decisive influence on tomorrow’s working world. What will maintenance for wind turbines look like in the future? We have a vision and support our customers on the way to fulfilling it. With Predictive Maintenance 4.0 from Schaeffler.

Condition monitoring 4.0
Condition monitoring 4.0

Looking into the “turbine’s future”

Digitalization makes entirely new solutions possible in the field of maintenance services. With predictive maintenance, we are expanding conventional condition monitoring approaches by allowing users to look into the “turbine’s future” and thus opening up new possibilities for increasing efficiency and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).
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Schaeffler offers various digital services, i.e. the “automated rolling bearing diagnosis”.
Schaeffler offers various digital services, i.e. the “automated rolling bearing diagnosis”.

Schaeffler’s digital services

Schaeffler’s new digital services are now also available for wind turbines. Operators and maintenance personnel can use the “automated rolling bearing diagnosis” to monitor the condition of individual bearings and entire units worldwide via an Internet connection. In addition, Schaeffler will be presenting a system for calculating the nominal remaining life of rolling bearings based on real load spectra. If wind power plant operators know at any given time what the remaining life is for each bearing in each turbine, they can consolidate and schedule maintenance work and thus ensure a favorable effect on the cost of energy.

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