Design Engineering

“Smart” Bearings

SKF Insight technology equips bearings with continuous condition monitoring.

June 18, 2013   by Design Engineering Staff

SKF introduced SKF Insight, a “smart” technology, integrated into new SKF bearings, that allows them to communicate their operating conditions. According to the company, Insight technology monitors the conditions that can cause bearing damage from the first microscopic effect as it happens.

Among its key features, SKF Insight includes miniaturization and packaging of sensor technologies to measure parameters such as RPM, temperature, velocity, vibration, load, lubrication, and other conditions. The “smart” bearings generate their own power for operation while wireless technology packaged inside the bearing enables communication. The bearings can also form a “mesh network” to send information relevant to their condition for analysis.

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