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Siemens and Schaeffler cut motor maintenance bills

14 May, 2021

Siemens is collaborating with the bearings manufacturer Schaeffler to offer intelligent diagnostics for motor-based drive systems. They are using automated bearing diagnostics to deliver informed maintenance decisions and to integrate information on bearing condition into motor health monitoring systems.

Siemens has combined its Sidrive IQ IIoT platform with Schaeffler’s bearings expertise to provide automated bearing diagnostics that makes it possible to determine a bearing’s condition with greater precision. This will allow users to make better decisions on operating and maintaining drive systems.

For example, they can determine quickly whether a drive system can continue to operate, or whether a bearing needs to be replaced either immediately or during the next planned maintenance operation, to avoid possible damage. This, say Siemens and Schaeffler, will reduce the effort and cost of maintenance and prevent costly unplanned downtime.

“This cooperation and automated exchange of algorithm-based diagnostic data is one of the first of its kind in the industrial IoT,” says Hermann Kleinod, CEO of Siemens Large Drives Applications. “It’s a great example of a new dimension of cooperation among established technology companies.”

Dr Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial at Schaeffler, adds that the partnership with Siemens “is based on a solid foundation of product knowledge and specific expertise. Both companies are playing an instrumental role in driving forward digitalisation in the industry with their entire focus on customer value.”

Siemens’ collaboration with Schaeffler will result in bearing diagnostics being incorporated into its Sidrive IQ motor health status monitoring platform

Rolling bearings are key mechanical components in motors and experience all of the loads and stresses that occur in a motor. Bearing diagnostics therefore provides a crucial indicator of the condition and reliability of a motor.

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