The automotive industry is one of the world’s most dynamic and competitive industries, being under continuous pressure to improve performance in a highly competitive, cost-sensitive environment. In the wake of guiding principles like lean production, Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and World Class Performance (WCP), condition monitoring has become a key factor, and SPM has been dealing with the main manufacturers in Europe and Asia for many years.

Maintaining high-level availability in the production lines is a top priority for the automotive industry. One of the areas where it is especially important to keep availability up is in paint shops. The main applications here are, for example, air handling units and pumps. Presses and transfer presses, where the formation of the plate is done is another important section of the industry. Other areas where condition monitoring plays an important role are in various test machinery, such as car test benches (artificial roads), electrical breaks for reliability testing and endurance testing of motors and transmission components, and wind tunnels.

"Providing compressed air to our machines and equipment is paramount since downtime in the provision of compressed air directly affects our production. We continuously challenge our existing procedures and tools, and developing the working methods for the maintenance of compressors has been high on our wish list for a long time. Through the cooperation with SPM, we gain better control of our compressors, while also saving money by performing maintenance when needed, neither sooner nor later." 

Senior Maintenance Engineer Anders Ramström and Maintenance Manager Dick Eriksson, Scania Industrial Maintenance

Condition-monitoring solution for automotive elevators

This condition monitoring solution for low-speed automotive elevators with short process cycles provides early warning of deteriorating mechanical condition. The availability of automotive elevators is crucial, and the economic impact of a breakdown is so significant that the payback of a condition monitoring solution may only be a few hours.

In addition to remarkably long prewarning times, the condition monitoring solution for automotive elevators enables:

  • Fully utilizing asset life
  • Minimizing the consequences of unplanned downtime
  • Cutting repair costs

Technical Solution: Elevators

Condition monitoring solutions for automotive

SPM offers every piece of hardware and software equipment needed for an efficient condition monitoring solution, from the point of data collection all the way through to evaluated measurement data. Our measuring techniques for bearing and vibration monitoring are efficient and well-proven. On slowly rotating machinery, the SPM HD® measuring technique can be used with benefit. SPM HD uses RPM-based sampling frequency and algorithmic correlation techniques to ensure the highest possible signal quality and razor-sharp spectrums for analysis.

Portable instrumentation

Our range of handheld instrumentation includes equipment for shock pulse measurement, vibration severity measurement, and vibration spectrum analysis.

Intellinova online systems

With Intellinova, our unique HD condition monitoring technologies can be fully utilized to successfully provide earlier warning of mechanical problems than any other monitoring technology.

Condition monitoring in explosive environments

Our high-performance portable and online equipment are also available for potentially explosive environments.

HD Technologies

High-definition condition monitoring technologies provide exceptional pre-warning times, maximizing the planning horizon for maintenance and repairs. In turn, this enables fully utilizing asset life, cutting repair costs, and minimizing the consequences of unplanned downtime.


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Case studies

Assembly line drives in the automotive industry

This case study describes the online condition monitoring of production-critical assembly line drives in the plant of a major UK car manufacturer.