On the menu tonight: maximising machine uptime

Maximising Production Efficiency: A Lifetime Solutions engineer at Schaeffler UK unpacks the criticality of condition monitoring in the Food and Beverage industry.

The Food and Beverage industry is fast paced, highly demanding and faced with various challenges. Growing populations and increased urbanisation are sending global demand for food soaring year-on-year, with time-sensitive supply chains, price-sensitive products, and increased industry regulations, adding to the pressures on the sector.

Equipment failure is one of the main causes of food waste in the industry, highlighting the importance of reliable condition monitoring solutions for efficient planning, monitoring and overall prevention of machine downtime - vital for meeting consumer demands. The Schaeffler Lifetime Solutions portfolio has been designed and crafted to address these needs specifically, allowing for easy recognition of impending machinery issues and prevention of unforeseen failures. Ultimately extending machine life and reducing costs.

Leveraging decades of experience in the Food and Beverage sector worldwide, Schaeffler assisted a biochemical company in implementing OPTIME – an award-winning product from the Lifetime Solutions portfolio. OPTIME proved to be a great success for the plant, preventing 144 hours of unplanned downtime within a year, as well as saving a substantial €30,000 in the process.

Schaeffler’s Lifetime Solutions portfolio also includes products to aid machinery lubrication to extend the lifespan of machinery and reduce the need for frequent replacement and maintenance, ultimately reducing overall costs. Up to 80% of unplanned bearing failures are cause by improper lubrication, but with Schaeffler’s OPTIME Ecosystem for wireless condition monitoring and automatic lubrication, machinery engineers can take advantage of a wealth of benefits that simplify the whole process sustainably.

Click here to discover the specifics on Schaeffler’s condition monitoring innovations, alongside Food and Beverage companies who have benefited from them: https://www.schaeffler.co.uk/en/news_media/blog/on_the_menu_tonight/?utm_source=website-Eureka&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=condition-monitoring&utm_content=text-link&utm_term=012024-gb