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Automated equipment monitoring cannot be simpler with SKF Axios

When it comes to product design, engineering and development, SKF has always opted for a multi-faceted approach. Alongside premium material and product quality and reliability, and latest advanced technologies, simplicity and user friendliness are also primary considerations.  

Ticking all these boxes is the new SKF Axios; a simple, scalable, cost-effective, and cloud-based end-to-end predictive maintenance solution for rotating equipment from SKF and Amazon Web Services (AWS). “It’s possible to explain what SKF Axios does in one sentence,” says SKF Connected Technologies Manager, John Storm. “In a nutshell, this innovative automated equipment monitoring system trends users’ machine data, detects anomalies around the clock, and sends alerts when action is required.”

As the system is always on, it can be considered as the first line of defence, safeguarding users’ machinery. As SKF Axios is always by the user’s side, critical information is available at the click of a button. Condition monitoring data and alerts can be accessed on any smart device and there are specially developed apps that provide users with instant access to data and receive notifications on anomalies.

SKF Axios applies fully automated wireless technology for 3-axis vibration and temperature data collection. Once the wireless sensors collect data from a wide range of machinery, the data is analysed and notifications on the health of machinery are provided. Gateways transfer the data to the Cloud via Wifi or Ethernet connection.

When abnormal machine conditions or anomalies are detected, the system alerts users who are then able to make more informed decisions and proactively respond with the necessary maintenance. By addressing issues that can potentially cause machine failures and thus avoiding all the associated disagreeable factors centred around cost-related downtime and production halts before they occur, users can realise significant across-the-board savings as well as improved productivity.

AWS Cloud Services uses machine learning to analyse data. With historical trend data as the basis for machine learning, the more data the system collects, the smarter the machine learning becomes and the more accurate machine anomaly detection becomes. “SKF Axios is essentially constantly evolving,” says Storm.

Another key feature of SKF Axios is the system’s simplicity. It is ready to install and use, working right out of the box with no technical expertise or vibration experience needed.

The mainstay of the SKF Axios, says Storm, is its scalability. “Users can start small and scale up to match their needs and budget. Many sensors can be added, even at different points in time, which will automatically connect to the closest gateway. Moreover, unlimited gateways can be added to the network.”

SKF Axios is ideal for a wide diversity of industries, including food processing, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, utilities, tertiary institutions, and medical facilities, always keeping users one step ahead for ultimate peace of mind.

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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, we help our customers improve their rotating equipment performance and reduce their environmental impact. Our 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. Annual sales in 2022 were SEK 96,933 million and the number of employees was 42,641.

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