For supplying power to manufacturing systems, safety plays a large role. In low-voltage main distribution boards, circuit breakers are typically used to safely prevent excess currents and switch off the power supply in the case of a short circuit. Therefore, monitoring systems is particularly important to enable fast re-establishment of the power supply in the event of an interruption. Schaeffler, an industrial and automotive supplier, therefore uses fieldbus couplers from WAGO in their roller bearing production at their Schweinfurt, Germany facility.
During the production of roller bearings, a large number of different machines are used for cold-shaping technology, forging, machining, heat treatment and coating technology. The company processes around 80,000 metric tons of steel annually at their Schweinfurt facility into roller bearing products for various uses – from automobile construction to wind power plants. A reliable power supply in diverse systems therefore represents the most important infrastructural foundation for Schaeffler.