Simplify recording and analysis

Simplify recording and analysis

Couplings with integrated sensors from R+W simplify the collection and analysis of machine data.

Data is the gold of the 21st century - in the age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), this applies in particular to machine-generated information. The use of reliable data from the drivetrain has a major influence on the further development of systems. It enables the improvement of simulation models, which in turn shortens the time to market. As drives, couplings and drive shafts are installed in almost every machine, the data obtained provides high-quality information for modeling digital twins.

During operation, the analysis of the data stream generated by machines allows processes to be optimized: Operationally critical data is transparently in view at all times, so that irregularities can be easily identified and maintenance work can be planned with foresight. This predictive maintenance learns from historical and real-time data and promises considerable cost savings compared to time-controlled maintenance measures.

Mining data gold wirelessly in the drivetrain

R+W has successfully connected the rotating drivetrain wirelessly and made it digitally accessible for the IIoT. The solution specialist's market-proven integrated sensors can be easily integrated into existing couplings. Installation is quick and easy, which minimizes the integration effort and acquisition costs. Thanks to compatibility with existing components, neither additional installation space nor auxiliary constructions are required.

In addition to multi-plate couplings, drive shafts and flanges, R+W's standard product, the bellows coupling, is also available with integrated sensors. The main difference to the previous clutch models is the much more compact design of the iBK, which makes it even more space-saving. The iBK offers all the features of the standard coupling and also functions as a wireless measuring unit.

With the help of the integrated sensor technology, important parameters such as torque, speed, acceleration and optionally also axial force and lateral force are transmitted directly from the rotating drive train to a gateway. From there, the sensor signals can be recorded and processed in downstream measurement control or data processing systems. In addition, the data from the measuring chain can be displayed and saved on mobile end devices in the specially developed app.

In addition to a solution with a rechargeable battery or induction, energy is now also supplied autonomously via energy harvesting. Here, the rotational energy is converted into electrical energy using miniaturized energy converters. Energy harvesting is particularly suitable for applications and installation situations where downtimes are to be avoided, as well as for hard-to-reach areas.