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SKF Insight ‘Smart’ Technology Equips New Bearings with Innovative Capabilities

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 4:22pm
WDD Staff

SKF Insight (Lansdale, PA) has introduced a groundbreaking innovation in “smart” technologies specially developed for integration into new SKF bearings. This unique technology enables SKF bearings to communicate their operating conditions continuously – with all the intelligence integrated inside the bearing, including self-power, sensors, cables, and data acquisition electronics. This new integrated diagnostic technology can make condition monitoring more widely applicable, especially in applications where it was previously impractical or impossible. Ultimately, the technology provides greater control over the life cycle of machinery, leading to lower total costs while increasing reliability and machinery uptime. Features include:

  • Miniaturization and packaging of sensor technologies to measure critical parameters such as RPM, temperature, velocity, vibration, load, lubrication, and others.
  • Ability to generate their own power for operation.
  • Intelligent wireless technology packaged inside the bearing enables communication within environments where traditional Wi-Fi cannot operate.
  • Forms a “mesh network” to send information relevant to their condition for analysis.

For more information, visit www.skf.com.

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