Schaeffler OPTIME™ Wins Bearing Specialist Association Manufacturer Excellence Award


FORT MILL, South Carolina, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler has been honored by the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) with the 2021 Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award for its breakthrough condition monitoring device OPTIME. This prestigious award recognizes BSA member companies for excellence in product design or technology, with the additional objective of informing end users about the innovative products, technologies and services that BSA member companies are developing in permanently to support their activities.

A breakthrough in condition monitoring – powered by Schaeffler expertise
OPTIME is an easily scalable condition monitoring system that consists of battery-powered wireless vibration sensors, a cellular gateway, and an app to visualize the resulting data. Able to be installed and deployed without any prior condition monitoring expertise, OPTIME is designed to provide advance warning of potential damage to machinery such as electric motors, fans and pumps. It also offers early notification of unbalanced, misaligned and loose components.

Data captured by OPTIME’s sensors is analyzed using proprietary algorithms that draw on Schaeffler’s technical expertise, extensive library of physical models developed and refined over decades, and experience in condition monitoring that Schaeffler has accumulated during its bearing maintenance operations.

“We greatly value our longstanding membership in the Bearing Specialists Association, and we very much appreciate BSA’s recognition of our OPTIME innovation which is already transforming the landscape of wireless state monitoring,” said Kevin Kozlowski, Vice President – ​​Industrial Distribution Americas. “Finally – a ‘Plug. Play. Predict.’ intuitive and easy-to-use sensor that meets our customers’ expectations for monitoring key assets within their manufacturing facilities.OPTIME is a key product in our portfolio of Schaeffler Lifetime Solutions, whose mission – to simplify maintenance with excellent user experience and a full suite of industrial services and solutions for the full life of the machine – dictates our overall value proposition to our customers and channel partners,” explained Kozlowski.

Schaeffler received the award at the 2022 BSA convention, which took place April 30 – May 3 in Indian Wells, California. OPTIME’s win represents the second Manufacturer Excellence Award for Schaeffler, which was honored by the BSA for its SmartCheck™ condition monitoring device in 2016.

More information about OPTIME is available here.

About Schaeffler
Schaeffler Group – We are the pioneers of the movement
As a leading global supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors, the Schaeffler Group has been responsible for groundbreaking inventions and developments in the fields of motion and mobility for more than 75 years. With innovative technologies, products and services for CO₂-saving drives, e-mobility, Industry 4.0, digitalization and renewable energies, the company is a reliable partner for making movement and mobility more efficient, smart and durable. The technology company manufactures high-precision components and systems for powertrain and chassis applications as well as bearing and plain bearing solutions for a wide variety of industrial applications. The Schaeffler Group achieved a turnover of approx. €13.9 billion in 2021. With approximately 83,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of the largest family businesses in the world. Additionally, with more than 1,800 patent applications filed in 2021, Schaeffler is germany third most innovative company according to the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).


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