SBN is a specialist and niche supplier for rolling bearings. The company's focus is on the sale of precision bearings from renowned international manufacturers. SBN Wälzlager GmbH und Co. KG was founded in 1998 and employs about 30 people. The new headquarters, built in 2014, is located in Schönenberg-Kübelberg (Rhineland-Palatinate). Further locations are located in Essen, Munich, North and the Netherlands.
SBN Wälzlager's clientele includes many small and medium-sized companies as well as recognized world market leaders.
Product finder and configurator
The SBN Product Finder assists customers in selecting and configuring the right ball bearing from the standard range of available products by means of freely adjustable product parameters. For all products from the catalogue range, you can call up the appropriate data sheet and CAD data here. Product parameters such as dimensions, load ratings, speeds or combinations of several of these criteria can be used to quickly identify suitable products.
The ball bearing configurator offers the possibility of configuring an individual bearing for special applications from a preferential program and also to select a suitable lubrication for the application.
The two solutions Product Finder and Configurator are seamlessly integrated into SBN's homepage in an unique look & feel. easyKAT® Standard is used for both solutions.
The entire system was developed by Plan Software as a turnkey solution for SBN. The ERP system of SBN supplies easyKAT® with the necessary article master data. All dependencies and configuration logic is defined and maintained in easyKAT®.
The high degree of integration of both solutions makes it very easy for the user to switch to the configurator after determining the product via technical features in the Finder and then to configure and design the product individually for the respective application conditions (area of application, lubrication, seals,...).
Freely configurable feature containers and configuration tables
New easyKAT® components, such as freely configurable feature containers and configuration tables, ensure a high level of customer acceptance and contribute to the frequent use of the configurator and the high number of customer enquiries.
Although precision rolling bearings are apparently "simple" products, there are many relationships and dependencies between the individual configuration features. Their monitoring is guaranteed by the configurator and simplifies a correct determination of the products for the customers enormously.
Another major advantage of the new configurator for SBN is that it can dynamically generate product data sheets based on product characteristics. This means that the customer can now also call up data sheets for non-standard products and SBN no longer has to spend a lot of time designing and preparing all of the brochure material for printing.