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Worldwide news SKF launches software centre for condition monitoring in Sweden The market for products and services related to monitoring the condition of machinery within the industry is growing. SKF is making a major investment by opening a software centre in Sweden in order to develop next generation technology for condition monitoring. The company is currently recruiting and the unit will include around 50 developers, most of whom will be based in Gothenburg. The change follows SKF’s decision to concentrate all competences for the development of hardware and software for Europe in Gothenburg and Luleå in Sweden, and Aberdeen and Livingston in Scotland. The largest unit will be located in Gothenburg and will be responsible for the software development of next generation technology. The company can envision the potential in the market for services and mobile solutions for effective maintenance, as more and more companies are moving from a reactive to a more proactive maintenance strategy. The aim of proactive maintenance is to avoid emergency stoppages, which are associated with major costs from production losses. SKF has taken the lead in development of condition monitoring products and services. Sick opens up the Hiperface DSL digital interface for servo drives Since its debut in 2011, Hiperface DSL from Sick has fast become recognized as the industry standard in ‘One Cable Technology’ and is now the leading standard protocol for digital feedback systems in servo drive technology. Sick is now taking the next step in its innovation process, by opening up the interface, with an aim to make the tried-and-tested technology available to all users. Manufacturers of servo drive technology will benefit from an enhanced product portfolio and gain the security of working with an open and established interface. The Hiperface DSL open interface will also bring together all the advantages of a digital real-time interface: ‘One Cable Technology’, continuous condition monitoring and – as a result – enormous potential for improved economic efficiency. The digital interface also meets all the requirements for the condition-oriented maintenance of machines in the Industry 4.0 environment. It complies with the RS485 standard and enables reliable data transfer between drive and motor in servo drive systems. Sick anticipates that opening the interface will bring in customer requests for a wide range of motor feedback systems. PTC ASIA 2017 – the world fair PTC ASIA (31. Oct - 3. Nov 2017) is a genuine “world fair”. Taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) It ranks as the most important showcase for power transmission and control technology in Asia and, every year, is a magnet for international market leaders, innovative SMEs, start-ups, as well as for more than 80,000 visitors. After over 20 years of successful performance, the yearly growth in both exhibitor numbers and show space has proved PTC ASIA the key platform for basic parts trading of Asian markets. At a time of economic globalization, in which China’s booming demands in industry import and export have already got strong impetus, global purchasing is also taking the high road to more efficient trading. In 2016, more than 1,000 leading companies from home and abroad gathered in a display area of 70,000 sqm. 78,443 trade visitors have visited the show. In 2017, 9 Halls, continuing with the “big-industry platform”, unveil the vision of “Made in China 2025”! Timken opens another bearings manufacturing facility in Europe The Timken Company, manufacturer of tapered roller bearings, recently held a grand opening ceremony at its new facility near Ploiesti, Romania. The new facility, which is the company’s second in Romania, caters to the European and global demand for tapered roller bearings in sizes up to 300 mm in diameter. Located on a 15,000-square-meter site and built at a cost of nearly $ 60 million, the state-of-the art facility will initially employ 120 people. Andreas Roellgen, VP for Timken Europe and Bogdan Stanciu, Prahova plant manager, welcomed the guests, which included clients and government dignitaries, including the U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm to the inauguration ceremony. With the launch of this new facility in Romania, the company has strengthened it’s footprint in Europe. This investment further advances the company’s strategic growth plan, which includes geographic expansion, competitive manufacturing and accelerating product development-to-commercialization activities. Timken operates 73 manufacturing plants and service centers around the world, including 8 European facilities located in Italy, France, Poland, Romania and the UK. WORLD OF INDUSTRIESMOTION, DRIVE & AUTOMATION 4/2017

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