In the newly upgraded edition, emphasis is placed on the increasing drive towards standardization, knowledge-sharing and the facilitation of application specific expertise. SKF @ptitude Observer 8.5 includes an embedded online information repository for this purpose. The new release also features improvements to speed, platform and operating system support, improved ease of use and installation, and an enhanced capability for customer-driven customization.

The SKF @ptitude Observer 8.5 offers a range of important new functionalities including:
· Data mining views with improved flexibility and customization
· Better statistical analysis capabilities
· Improved online knowledge sharing
· Online setup templates
· Enhanced synchronization of important information over linked databases
· Technology updates that provide better stability, speed and responsiveness
· GearView enhancements with better integration · Automated database maintenance
· OPC UA support
· Improved messaging and alarm notifications
· Ability to diagnose plots with curve fitting, customizable axis and plotting options
· More operating systems and database versions supported. All versions as of Windows 2000 and SQL 2000 are supported
· Simplified installation with very quick “up and running” time

SKF @ptitude Observer employs powerful Wizards that enable users to easily create and maintain machine and measurement configurations. The system’s optimized design lets users monitor several hundred machines at a time from a single location. In addition, the SKF @ptitude Observer machinery measurement hierarchy display is easy to navigate and enables an unlimited number of hierarchy levels, while clearly displaying the alarm status of each hierarchy item. Using SKF @ptitude Observer Workspaces, Process Views and WebCon, users can easily extract portions of the machinery measurement hierarchy for clear, focused analysis and reporting on areas of specific interest.

Measurement data and relevant information are shown in user-friendly displays. Live data, updated every second (depending on measurement configurations), and long-term historical data can be displayed easily in a variety of useful formats. A specific user-friendly feature is the multi-level process overview window, in which live data and alarm indicators are shown in a descriptive control room display for individual machines or groups of machines. In the system overview, the status of each of the system hardware components is shown clearly displaying any system component malfunction. Historical data can be displayed in multiple trends, where one or more monitored parameters can automatically be displayed and compared to time, speed, or process parameters (e.g., power, temperature, water level). Advance time waveform analysis techniques such as SKF’s advance Gear Inspector, DiagX, Diagnoses and Data Mining features are also available at the user’s fingertips.

For additional information about the SKF @ptitude Observer Monitor, contact your local SKF representative, or visit

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2010 were SEK 61,029 million and the number of employees was 44,742.

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