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Acquisition of ECO-Adapt SAS strengthens Schaeffler’s portfolio of Lifetime Solutions

10 March 2023

Schaeffler has announced the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in ECO-Adapt SAS.

ECO-Adapt SAS offers solutions for condition monitoring based on electrical signal analysis and systems for the optimisation of energy consumption.

The acquisition expands the industrial division’s portfolio of lifetime solutions and strengthens its position in the field of digitally based predictive maintenance. 

The Lifetime Solutions portfolio contains an extensive range of service offerings for industrial maintenance of machines throughout their entire operating life – from heating devices, alignment tools and condition monitoring solutions through to a wide selection of lubricants and matching automated lubricators. 

Complementing existing OPTIME solutions with functions based on electrical signal diagnosis
OPTIME Condition Monitoring now offers a reliable predictive maintenance solution for industrial machinery based on signal analysis of vibration and temperature data.

ECO-Adapt completes this scope by offering maintenance information on the basis of electrical signal analysis, providing additional security against potential failures of electrical components. 

Operators have the advantage of covering both mechanical and electrical issues with a holistic predictive maintenance system. This is a significant step towards the more sustainable operation of machines. 

With ECO-Adapt, Schaeffler offers a new range of products covering the optimisation of energy consumption during machine operation.

The ECO-Adapt product line offers a comprehensive range of products that also covers customers' energy monitoring needs. ECO-Adapt answers a constant request from customers: make monitoring easy to implement and use. 

The ECO-Adapt product line also provides revolutionary multi-circuit meters to facilitate industrial sub-metering, with a fully cloud-based solution, including customised analytics and dashboards. 

Energy monitoring makes it possible to optimise overall energy consumption and provides information to find the optimum operating points of the machines in the most energy-intensive industries, for example, in cement, steel, pulp and paper, and many more.
  
“Condition monitoring of all critical powertrain components is a challenge for our customers in all industrial sectors. 

“Our customers need scalable and holistic monitoring solutions that provide detailed insights into the condition of the mechanical parts, as well as the electrical components of electric motors in rotating machines. 

“By working with ECO-Adapt, we can offer our customers top-quality services and solutions for bearings and electric powertrain components – throughout the entire lifecycle,” said Rauli Hantikainen, head of Schaeffler’s Lifetime Solutions strategic business unit.

Established in 2012 and headquartered in Paris, France, ECO-Adapt combines smart hardware and data analytics to provide solutions for the analysis and optimisation of energy consumption and the predictive maintenance of electric rotating machines. 

ECO-Adapt’s solutions are used by hundreds of customers in the production and maintenance departments of MRO and OEM companies, as well as in commercial buildings. 

“Schaeffler is the ideal owner and strategic partner for us to continue our successful course in the future. Its expertise in industrial automation will allow us to scale up our offering and win many new customers. 

“By combining our strengths in R&D, we will be able to launch promising new products in the field of innovative condition monitoring onto the market,” said Laurent Laparra, CEO of ECO-Adapt. 

The acquisition will be effected by means of a share purchase agreement for 100 percent of the shares. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction, which is scheduled to close during the first half of the year 2023 subject to customary closing conditions being met.

Expansion of Lifetime Solutions portfolio under “Roadmap 2025”
In accordance with the strategic direction set under its “Roadmap 2025,” Schaeffler is pushing ahead with the expansion of its portfolio of asset life cycle products and services. 

As part of this, its industrial division provides a comprehensive range of highly reliable products and services to help its customers manage today’s challenges and seize emerging opportunities. 

The aim is for plant operators to achieve greater planning certainty by minimising their unscheduled downtime, maximising their bearing and machine service life, enhancing their sustainability, and improving their operational reliability. 

The acquisition of ECO-Adapt is a further strategic step in the strengthening of Schaeffler’s Lifetime Solutions portfolio. 

It follows the acquisition of BEGA International B.V. (Bega), a manufacturer of special tools for mounting and dismounting rolling bearings, in 2021.


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