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SKF Insight®

Next generation condition monitoring

Bearings have long been considered the heart of rotating machinery. SKF Insight makes them the brain as well. Enabled by self-powered, wireless sensors integrated in the bearing or housing, SKF Insight monitors bearing performance in real time, 24/7.

First, dynamic bearing operating conditions – load, speed, vibration, lubrication and temperature – are sent to the SKF Cloud. Customers can connect directly to SKF Remote Diagnostic Services for condition monitoring support and dashboards. SKF reliability experts can also analyze the data and generate reports that give customers the earliest possible warning of conditions that could eventually cause costly bearing damage.

Applying real-time insights worldwide

Bearing Health Management - a vision for the future

Real-life operating conditions can sometimes exceed those for which the bearing was designed, potentially damaging the bearing. In the past, condition monitoring could only monitor bearing damage after it had occurred.

Bearing Health Management is a new innovation currently under development by SKF. This takes data from an SKF Insight-enabled bearing and seeks to determine how real-time operating conditions affect bearing health, and how automated actions, such as applying additional lubricant, can help avoid bearing damage before it occurs, and maximise the useful life of the bearing. 

With this new approach, customers can now see how real-time operating conditions impact bearing health and remaining bearing life – even from environments where traditional condition monitoring is not practical, or possible. This breakthrough technology is enabling an adaptive approach to maintenance – Bearing Health Management.

Bottom line? Using bearings with SKF Insight technology and applying Bearing Health Management will make it simpler and more convenient for customers to conduct condition monitoring and increase reliability, simplify maintenance, extend bearing life and cut total life cycle costs.

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