Siveco China and Schaeffler’s Industry 4.0 team established a partnership in China in early 2020. At the time, Siveco China hoped to expand its eco-friendly Smart O&M system to help customers optimize the lifecycle of their assets and ensure compliance regulations using computers. Schaeffler, on the other hand, was actively shaping the digital transformation and the connection of components and systems to increase the efficiency of machines and plants.
Schaeffler systems and components are installed in machines where the most important data is generated. Schaeffler components are equipped with intelligent sensors, which qualifies them as important enablers for Industry 4.0.
Thanks to each other’s expertise, passion and vision for the future, both companies have successfully implemented the IoT lifecycle solution in Industry 4.0.
The accumulated know-how of the two companies in their respective fields gave birth to the Smart O&M solution. Alarm and fault analysis based on Schaeffler’s expert algorithm can automatically trigger work requests and maintenance work orders in bluebee® X. Detailed equipment operating parameters can be read directly via bluebee ® X, allowing engineers to deeply understand equipment measurement and vibration curves to support analysis and improvements. This solution allows all information such as fault history, historical diagnosis, next scheduled maintenance activity and trends to be visible on the same platform for better maintenance decisions. The complete solution is presented at the Schaeffler Industry 4.0 Lab in Shanghai.
This integrated solution is completely realized through system configuration without any software development, which ensures high system reliability and long-term support and improvement (such as system upgrades, version updates, new labels, etc.), thus significantly reducing the life cycle cost of the system.
Benefits of an integrated solution
– Improve equipment availability (i.e. return on equipment investment)
Equipment losses and failures can be monitored in advance, allowing enough time for the technical team to prevent and react in advance and avoid a major impact on operations.
– Reduce workload
The inspection is performed by sensors and the data is automatically analyzed based on the trend graph and the threshold. Inspection records can be automatically and directly generated in the format expected by regulators. Technicians can focus on gathering the information they need.
– Help in decision-making, based on real and reliable data
The management department and technical team can drill down into inspection details to understand equipment status in real-time and dynamic parameters. Accurate and reliable data insights can help the technical team and finance department make better decisions.
– Improve compliance and transparency of information, promote trust between stakeholders
The inspection report is drawn up on the basis of the actual information collected by the technicians on site and by sensors. This information can be traced, checked and audited at any time, which means that the assets are in good condition and controllable, and that the risks to safety and the environment are also under control.
The Schaeffler Group is a global supplier of automotive and industrial products, providing high-precision components and systems for powertrain and chassis applications as well as bearing and plain bearing solutions for a wide variety of industrial applications.