Trelleborg Joins the Smart Data Innovation Lab to Move Further Toward Industry 4.0

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has joined the Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL) and its first project with the lab is ‘Advanced Condition Monitoring for Sealing Solutions’.

The main goal of the SDIL is to accelerate innovation cycles using smart data approaches and it provides extensive support to collaborative research projects.

Industry 4.0

Trelleborg’s partners on this project are Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and IBM.

Driven from Germany and operating across Europe, the SDIL initiative offers big data researchers unique access to a large variety of big data and in-memory technologies. Industry and science collaborate closely to find hidden value in big data and generate smart data. Projects focus on the strategic research areas of Industry 4.0, Energy, Smart Cities and personalized Medicine.

Johannes Kunze von Bischhoffshausen, Manager Digital Transformation and Internet of Things at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Industry 4.0 and the internet of things are becoming an important focus for manufacturers worldwide and there is a call for products to become smarter and more intelligent whatever and wherever they may feature.

“SDIL is a great initiative that is easing the journey for component developers and producers to fulfill the objectives of Industry 4.0. Intelligent sealing systems have long been a dream of engineers at Trelleborg Sealing Systems. With the support of SDIL and in collaboration with our partners on the ‘Advanced Condition Monitoring for Sealing Solutions’ project, we hope that in some way we can make that dream a reality. ”

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is continuously working on the measuring and predicting of the condition of seals and it therefore runs a wide variety of instrumented tests on its test rigs. Measurements such as temperatures, speed, pressures and vibration are captured in very high frequencies. By leveraging Big Data Technology from its SDIL partners, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and IBM, Trelleborg will apply advanced machine learning in order to gain new insights, reduce testing costs and lay the foundation for advanced condition monitoring of sealing solutions in the field.

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