NSK has updated its Solutions App to feature information that helps engineers understand the added value that can be achieved through the adoption of NSK bearings and associated services. NSK’s AIP (Added Value Programme) helps customers solve problems and save money as part of a straightforward step-by-step process that is made even easier to understand thanks to the updated Solutions App.
NSK’s intuitive App guides users through the journey of how AIP will work for their specific application – in essence, a standardised process for bespoke solutions. By tapping on each stage of a five-step graphical rotating dial, users can discover for themselves the benefits of AIP.
Step 1 on the dial is ‘survey’, where NSK engineers survey the plant and collect relevant information for analysis, thus determining the most critical bearing applications in need of action. Step 2 sees NSK experts make a proposal tailored to the application, including recommendations for optimising machine design, as well as opportunities for staff training. In the third step, NSK defines an implementation plan and undertakes a product trial to ensure the objectives can be achieved. The fourth step witnesses a document drawn up that quantifies the actual cost savings both in terms of machine operations and maintenance, while the final step provides an opportunity to repeat the success in other departments within the company.
Users of the updated NSK Solutions App can also explore AIP services in some detail. Here, it is possible to click on four steel balls that represent ‘surveys’, ‘selection’, ‘training’ and ‘inspection’, the four pillars that underpin AIP services.
Using a handy navigation bar, App users can drill down level by level, exploring the benefits of each service and reading success stories of relevant companies that have already enjoyed cost advantages and competitive gain. Options are then available to send the information, download it, or request contact from NSK.
The update builds on the NSK Solutions App that was first released in 2014. This helps users identify the root causes of problems and provides a guide to real-world applications where savings have been made. App users can choose between sectors that range from food and beverage to steel production, machine tools and quarrying and mining. It is then possible to investigate options based around specific applications or select the prevailing conditions that relate to the user’s own production site.
Once a specific application has been selected, the App provides relevant detailed success stories, all featuring NSK products. Each application describes the issue that has been solved and provides details of the product, along with a figure for the financial savings achieved. The savings take into account a combination of factors such as replacement costs, maintenance costs, consumables and downtime.
Ultimately, the updated App provides an additional window into NSK’s AIP programme, demonstrating in transparent and elementary terms its practical application.
The NSK Solutions App, which is available in seven different European languages, can be download free of charge from the iTunes (Apple) and Google Play (Android) stores. Convenient links can be found by clicking on the ‘multimedia’ tab at www.nskeurope.com.