Bearing supports and components make a decisive contribution to the reliability and quality of industrial applications. The Industrial division's range includes everything from miniature bearings only a few millimeters wide through to large-size bearings with an outside diameter of several meters. Smart products and the networking of components are coming increasingly to the fore. In "Machine Tool 4.0", sensors measure and report the vibrations, forces and temperature of all relevant bearing positions and thus offer "added value by digitalization".
The mobility sector develops rolling bearings and power transmission solutions for bicycles and motorcycles as well as for rail vehicles and agricultural and construction machinery. Schaeffler offers bearing solutions for all types of drives, whether mechanical, electric, or hydraulic. Thanks to its application-specific engineering expertise, Schaeffler covers both stationary and mobile drives for every industrial application, thereby making a decisive contribution towards "Mobility for tomorrow". As a component, the rolling bearing itself is increasingly being transformed into a mechatronic system through the addition of numerous integrated functions, including sensors that generate and evaluate data on driving conditions. For example: The FAG Velomatic bicycle gearshift system ensures comfortable gear shifting for both standard bicycles and e-bikes
Renewable energies are set to make a decisive contribution to power supplies in the future. Schaeffler’s technological expertise is already on display in products and solutions for hydropower, solar energy, and wind power applications. For example, Schaeffler operates the world’s most high-performance large size bearing test rig: Astraios. The results provided by this test rig lead to further improvements in the understanding of systems as a whole, influencing factors, and the interrelations in the drive trains of wind turbines.
The Schaeffler Group‘s International Sales, Application Engineering, and Industrial Aftermarket help customers find the right solution for normally “heavy duty” rolling bearing applications in the raw material extraction, preparation and processing, steel and non-ferrous metals, and cellulose and paper industries. The rolling bearing and service concepts developed by Schaeffler extend the lifecycle of machines and reduce the lifecycle costs.
Schaeffler has been an innovative systems partner for the development of production machinery for several decades. This applies to machine tools and machinery for the textile, printing, and food and packaging industries as well as medical technology and electronics manufacturing. In order to increase efficiency and performance, however, it is becoming ever more important not simply to support the subsystems but to integrate important functions such as measurement, sealing, lubrication, and braking into the components themselves. Another trend is the use of direct drives and mechatronic units in production machinery. With its rolling bearing, linear technology, and direct drive solutions, Schaeffler offers its customers comprehensive technological and application engineering expertise for complete systems from one source that are precisely matched to one another.
Schaeffler develops energy-efficient bearing systems for all the new environmentally friendly engine concepts in the aviation and aerospace sector with a view to Mobility for tomorrow. This innovative force has a long tradition. We have been supplying advanced products to aerospace companies for many decades. For example: Charles Lindbergh completed his spectacular transatlantic flight in 1927 in an aircraft equipped with bearings from our company. Today, special bearing systems and high-precision components from Schaeffler are used in almost all aviation and aerospace applications – from the turbines of Boeing and Airbus planes through to the turbopumps of the Ariane rocket.
Schaeffler Industrial Aftermarket is responsible for the replacement parts and service business for end customers and sales partners in all major industrial sectors. Industrial Aftermarket reduces maintenance and operating costs, increases machine availability, and thus boosts its customers’ business success through comprehensive, innovative solutions, products, and services for rolling and plain bearings, as well as by consistently applying the total cost of ownership philosophy (TCO). Saving resources is a factor that is becoming more and more important in this context.
In order to increase machine availability, we also offer a wide range of systems for condition monitoring and also perform remote monitoring for our customers. This means that the risk of breakdowns can be minimized for machines that are difficult to access or critical in the event of a failure, such as cruise ships and wind turbines.