The industrial world is changing. And as new challenges emerge, industries are all looking for ways to enhance machine performance, while lowering operational and maintenance costs. Getting the right performance from rotating equipment can help meet business objectives and give a competitive edge. But the right performance is different for every customer.
In today’s competitive business environment, businesses need to maximize their revenues and control costs. For manufacturing companies, apart from the usual focus on productivity, efficiency, and quality, equipment availability, together with increased machine reliability, plays a critical part in achieving these objectives.
Digitalization and technology developments are also fast becoming key industrial strategic drivers. The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting machines, while Big Data is offering new insights into machine performance and opportunities to drive efficiencies. SKF is leading the way with digitally enabled solutions built on years of machine and application knowledge.
Rotating Equipment Performance (REP)
Everyone knows SKF as a bearings company. But, over the years, SKF has acquired and developed capabilities that extend far beyond bearings. SKF is the only bearings company, which apart from bearings has seals, lubrication systems, housings and condition monitoring offerings in its portfolio of offerings.
For many years SKF has been selling these products separately and has delivered tremendous value to its customers. It are among the global leaders for each of these product categories individually.
But the global bearings manufacturer has gone one step further. It has started combining its multiple products and engineering capabilities through a unique offer known as Rotating Equipment Performance.
Instead of selling a product, they are now focusing on helping the customers solve their core needs of increased machine reliability and availability. Through REP, SKF focuses on improving the equipment MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) and decrease downtime and maintenance costs. In short, it increases its customer’s Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).
In one use case, SKF assisted a leading cement company based in Chennai, India, ensured an increase in MTBF from 6 months to 24 months for one of their grinding mills. It ensured zero surprise failures and increased machine availability through our Rotating Equipment Performance (REP) model.
REP – Enabling Improvement Of Our Customers’ Sustainability Performance
SKF has always been a leader in sustainability. Apart from focusing on sustainability in its internal production and processes, SKF REP can enable the improvement of its customer’s sustainability performance in multiple dimensions.
1. Machine And Operator Safety
In industrial environments, despite taking precautions, accidents are a grim reality during maintenance operations. Unplanned maintenance increases this danger since the maintenance person needs to get the plant back in the process as soon as possible.