SKF is a world leader in rolling bearings and related technologies. Our products can be found anywhere in society. There might be an SKF solution wherever there is rotation. For over a century, we have refined our expertise in developing, designing, and manufacturing bearings, seals, and lubrication systems. We combine this with services within remanufacturing, condition monitoring, and maintenance. We are committed to driving increasingly sustainable operations. SKF is now looking for innovative solutions to measure energy consumption in bearing arrangements within customer applications as part of this goal. Quantifying energy consumption is considered a significant factor in product performance evaluation, and advanced prediction tools with agile validation methods during testing or usage will be central to meeting this demand.

Opportunity overview

SKF strives to help customers and end-users decrease their energy consumption, thereby increasing SKF’s overall contribution to energy consumption reduction. Currently, the method of proving energy consumption is bearing-specific and undertaken in a bearing test rig in steady-state operation. Including energy efficiency data to validate the contribution of the bearing arrangement to the overall consumption will be central in supporting the customers’ demands. Therefore, SKF is now looking for a plug-and-play solution that can directly or indirectly measure the energy consumption of a rotating mechanical system or sub-assembly comprising a bearing arrangement at the customer’s application prototype.

This solution should enable energy consumption measurement in different usage conditions, providing an integrated approach to energy consumption assessment. The proposed solution should be agile and seamlessly integrated into the customer’s validation processes, starting with testing in one application before adjusting and expanding to the full range of potential industries. While supported by SKF, it should empower customer engineers as the primary users. This solution could effectively quantify SKF’s overall contribution to the energy performance of customer applications in consideration of the broader (sub-)system.

Summary of requested solution

The ideal solution should be plug-and-play and be able to efficiently measure the power usage of bearing arrangements through a combination of data analysis and sensors. The key would move away from the traditional single-bearing friction measurements and provide a more comprehensive and practical way to assess bearing arrangements’ energy efficiency gains during the customer application’s validation stage. The solution should be able to capture trends and provide valuable insights, possibly refining and improving accuracy over time.

Your opportunity with SKF

SKF is the world’s largest bearing manufacturer, and as an industry leader, its offering has outstanding potential for scaling your company’s solution globally. SKF is constantly looking for innovative solution providers who can help make their offerings even more comprehensive and efficient. By collaborating with SKF, your company can gain valuable industry knowledge, access a broad customer network, and contribute to sustainability initiatives across the industry.

Examples we're looking for

Energy Consumption Monitoring Sensors

Plug-and-play sensor solutions that can be easily integrated into bearing arrangements across different applications can be the key to accurately quantifying energy efficiency. These sensors should provide data on energy usage and power losses, enabling customers to measure the impact of SKF solutions on their overall energy consumption.

Data Analysis Tools

Data analysis solutions that can process data from sensors and accurately detect patterns and anomalies in energy consumption will be precious in drawing accurate insights. These algorithms should be able to evaluate the contribution of bearing arrangement to the overall energy consumption.

SKF is a world-leading provider of innovative solutions that help industries become more competitive and sustainable. By making products lighter, more efficient, longer lasting, and repairable, they help their customers improve rotating equipment performance and reduce environmental impact. SKF's offering around the rotating shaft includes bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring, and services. Founded in 1907, SKF is represented in approximately 129 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide.

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