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How can key production parameters be monitored comprehensively? How do I get components to exchange information? What's a fast and effective gateway into Industry 4.0? If you're looking for answers to these or similar questions, HANNOVER MESSE 2018 is the place to be! It’s the trade fair of choice for companies that not only focus intently on such questions but have also come up with ingenious answers. Sensosurf GmbH, for example, manufactures intelligent machine components for predictive maintenance, such as the smart bearings that are celebrating their premiere in Hannover.

With predictive maintenance in mind, Sensosurf is integrating its sensors directly into standard bearings. This turns the flange and pedestal bearings into smart components, enabling them to measure the forces acting on them directly. Combined with networked machine learning, this generates the kind of application-specific information that was previously just a pipe dream. For machinery manufacturers, predictive maintenance opens up new options, increases customer loyalty and expands their service portfolio. Meanwhile, machine operators benefit from unprecedented process reliability, resulting in lower costs.