NSK develops precision bearing app

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NSK has developed a new mobile app that helps simplify precision bearing selection and the associated design integration process. The app also helps protect customers from counterfeit products with several features able to verify product authenticity.

Image1.jpeg – NSK’s new smartphone app helps simplify precision bearing selection and protect against counterfeit products.

The new app will coincide with the first shipments of NSK precision bearings in packaging that features unique 2D barcodes. For products manufactured at NSK’s facility in Newark, UK, the app will be released in January 2019. Smartphones with the app can then scan the barcode for instant access to useful information such as individual identification number, date of manufacture, bearing inspection record, dimensional tolerances, running accuracy, grease type and other technical details.

Data can be exported in CSV and PDF formats, enabling easy transfer to customer systems. This capability contributes to increased efficiency in the overall process of assembling bearings to spindles, and helps improve product traceability for more automated, IT-based management.

NSK developed the app in line with the rise of smart factory and Industry 4.0 initiatives, which are accelerating digitalisation in the manufacturing industry. As machines are further integrated with computer systems and equipped with wireless capabilities, easy, instant access to digital information is becoming an essential part of efficient operations.

With regard to customer protection, the unique 2D barcode and associated NSK cloud system safeguards against fake products. Scanning the barcode reveals if the product is suspected to be counterfeit by checking it against the NSK database. Furthermore, the number of accesses to the unique webpage for each bearing is tracked and displayed, allowing customers to better determine whether the product is a mass-produced imitation in an illicitly copied NSK bearing box.

The new app also provides easy access to a host of NSK web services, facilitating quicker responses to technical enquiries, rapid customer service and a faster, simplified product order process through company sales branches and distributors. What’s more, the app can present users with a host of technical tools and practical information such as digital catalogues, technical bearing calculators and handling and maintenance guides.

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the app will be available in English, Japanese and Chinese. Suitability at present is for precision bearings (ISO class 5 and up) with a bore diameter of more than 30mm, such as those used in machine tools. Types include angular contact ball bearings, cylindrical roller bearings and angular contact thrust ball bearings. The service will be expanded to other NSK products moving forwards.

About NSK
Established 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 31,500 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2017 NSK achieved a turnover of 950 billion Yen. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK’s objective of “No. 1 in Total Quality”. In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.

In 1963, NSK’s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe’s 3,600 employees achieved a turnover of over 1,000 million Euros as per March 2017.
For more information, visit

NSK Deutschland GmbH
Harkortstrasse 15
40880 Ratingen
PILATH Marie-Dominique
Phone : +49 2102 4810
Fax : +49 2102 4812290

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