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Schaeffler UK opens new customer training centre

27 March 2012

Schaeffler UK has opened new customer training facilities at its Sutton Coldfield site in the West Midlands. The centre is equipped to provide both classroom-based and practical hands-on training courses for customers from every industry sector. A range of one, two and three-day training courses will be offered. Training courses can also be tailored for individual customers.

Schaeffler UK offers a broad mix of training courses at basic and advanced levels to suit all delegates. These courses include an Introduction to rolling bearings, which covers topics such as bearing types, basic functions, load directions and bearing fits, as well as brief introductions to bearing lubrication methods and bearing failure modes. For more experienced delegates, an in-depth, 2-day course on Rolling bearing technology is available, which also covers basic and adjusted life calculations and factors that influence these values.

Other training courses include an Introduction to bearing lubrication, which covers the fundamentals of bearing grease lubrication; how to select the correct lubricant for an application; how operating parameters such as speed, load and temperature influence lubricant selection; the importance of viscosity and why providing the right quantity of lubricant is important.

Bearing failure analysis covers the basics of bearing failure modes and analysis, showing delegates how to identify the more common failures through knowledge of the load patterns on the bearing raceways and rolling surfaces. The course also provides delegates with an understanding of where things go wrong and why, as well as knowledge of preventive methods, particularly during assembly of the bearings in the housing and on the shaft.

Mounting of bearings provides trainees with an understanding of how to get the most from plant and machinery by ensuring that the correct methods and procedures are in place for the mounting of bearings and how to avoid simple mistakes.

Bearings for electric motors is an application-specific course that provides engineers with an in-depth understanding of the types of bearings used in electric motors, as well as factors to consider when selecting these types of bearings. Bearing installation, lubrication and maintenance are also covered here.

Condition monitoring is a one-day introductory course that covers the fundamentals of noise and vibration, starting from basic concepts and progressing to Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) as a diagnostic technique. Practical examples and case histories are provided to demonstrate how vibration analysis can be used to solve problems.

FAG Detector III is a product-specific, one-day training course on how to get the most from Schaeffler’s handheld vibration monitoring device. Delegates are given a basic introduction to vibration analysis and are shown how to configure and use the device, as well as how to set up routes. 

Schaeffler UK also offers two further training courses on Vibration analysis (Level 1 and 2). Level 1 is a 2-day course that covers the fundamentals of noise and vibration and FFT. Level 2 is a more in-depth three-day course that provides comprehensive, detailed information on the principles and application of vibration analysis and its role in investigating machinery defects, including associated time waveforms, spectra, signal processing and data collection.


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