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SKF employs digital tools to enhance bearing design, performance

  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP08_11
Published August 01, 2019 by SAE International in United States
  • English

It began with spherical roller bearings more than 100 years ago and now SKF finds itself amid a digital transformation. Over the years the bearing company has expanded beyond life modeling and bearings into condition modeling, John Schmidt, president, SKF USA Inc. and president industrial sales Americas, told media attending a recent Technical Press Day in Philadelphia, near the company's U.S. headquarters. Now data analytics and connected devices are helping to drive SKF's digitalization efforts.

According to Michael D'Argenio, VP digital transformation & customer experience for SKF Americas, successful transformation is about more than upgrading technology. “It's about upgrading strategic thinking,” he said. A centralized digital platform, a unified data strategy, an ecosystem of connected products and apps, and a results-focused business model are all part of the company's strategic approach.