SKF launches cost-saving portable analyser for rail applications

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    2014 September 23, 14:00 CEST

    A new portable analyser kit from SKF will collect and interpret condition monitoring data from operating train bogie systems, helping protect and boost profitability

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 September, 2014: SKF has released a new analyser kit that has been designed to meet the unique needs of the railway industry. Due to its compact, portable form factor, the SKF Microlog CMXA75 significantly improves the efficiency of data collection both in workshop and operational condition monitoring programs.  The portable device, which can be used for sophisticated analysis of bearing and other rotative parts in traction motors, gearboxes and other rotating rail application equipment, underlines SKF’s status as a major player in condition monitoring for the railway industry with solutions that help users protect and boost profitability.

    The SKF Microlog CMXA75 collects data from accelerometers placed on the subsystem that needs to be checked.  Signals are processed by the handheld analyser and alarm parameters set in the SKF @ptitude Observer software enable fast and accurate condition monitoring of key systems. The kit can be used as both a troubleshooting tool and for routine operational condition monitoring. Used in combination with the SKF @ptitude Observer software, the Microlog constitutes a complete entry level condition monitoring system for large and small train operators.

    “All railway operators are interested in condition monitoring, but some have not yet incorporated it into their maintenance programs,” says Fredrik Larsson, Managing Director, Condition Monitoring Center Lulea and Global Business Development, SKF.  “The SKF Microlog CMXA75 is convenient and easy-to-use for operators who are not vibration specialists, facilitating the transition from time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance and providing a wide range of measurements in a single instrument.  The analyser replaces human listening to monitoring with a measurable system that improves the customer’s ability to offer consistent quality in their operations by providing a repeatable quality check.”

    The SKF Microlog CMXA75 helps rail operators achieve a more efficient maintenance strategy by helping reduce the duration of maintenance and unplanned service disruptions. Used as part of a predictive maintenance regime, it will help operators achieve savings in maintenance costs due to extended service intervals, reduce passenger inconvenience as a result of reducing service disruption, improve workshop testing quality procedures and bring about a more efficient use of downtime.

    The SKF Microlog CMXA75 is one of a series of solutions that enhance efficiency and performance in rail applications that will be demonstrated at the InnoTrans fair in Berlin from 23th-26th September

    Also displayed will be a new generation of tapered roller bearing units for passenger trains and compact tapered roller bearing units for heavy haul freight and the SKF Multilog On-line System IMx-B

    Visitors will find SKF in Hall 22a, booth 606.

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    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the number of employees was 48,401.

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