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Schaeffler Innovation Network

In the global innovation network with universities, companies, research institutions and start-ups, research is carried out on strategically important future topics in order to secure Schaeffler’s technological competitiveness in the long term.

In the following fields of innovation, we are always looking for interesting cooperation partners with whom we can jointly implement new technologies and products:

  • Hydrogen & Energy Transition
  • Electric & Automated Mobility
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bearing Technologies
  • Material & Surface Science
  • Robotics & IoT
  • New Production Concepts
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

SHARE Network

The SHARE program comprises a global research network with leading universities around the world. Schaeffler locations on the university campus enable particularly intensive exchange and close cooperation between Schaeffler employees and scientists on strategically important future topics.

The SHARE network focuses on applied research with the aim to expand the current state of technology and to transfer these new insights into Schaeffler Advanced Development and Product Development activities. Each SHARE has a distinct focus:

SHARE at KIT: Electric and automated mobility

SHARE at FAU: Digitalization and production processes

SHARE at NTU: Robotics and Industry 4.0

SHARE at SWJTU: Interurban mobility, especially railway technology

SHARE-Network: SHARE at KIT +  SHARE at FAU (Germany),  SHARE at NTU (Singapore), SHARE at SWJTU (China)
SHARE-Network: SHARE at KIT + SHARE at FAU (Germany), SHARE at NTU (Singapore), SHARE at SWJTU (China)

Company-on-Campus

The company-on-campus concept, i.e. the presence of Schaeffler employees on the university campus in dedicated offices, fosters a close collaboration between Schaeffler employees and researchers, PhD candidates and students. It provides a structured approach for a fast and thorough transfer of research output into industry and provides significant benefits for both sides:

  • Knowledge gain in R&D / innovations
  • Long-term oriented, close collaboration with universities
  • Advance the state of research on strategic future topics
  • Synergetic use of competencies and infrastructure of both partners
  • Long-term oriented qualification and inclusion of PhD candidates and students
  • Securing know-how by providing an attractive and inspiring work environment

Future-oriented research projects are usually carried out by a team of Schaeffler employees, doctoral candidates and students from the respective university partner. In order to ensure the transfer of the results, representatives of the departments are always involved in addition to SHARE employees:

Future-oriented research projects are usually carried out by a team of Schaeffler employees, doctoral candidates and students from the respective university partner.

SHARE at KIT

In cooperation with KIT, we research solutions for future mobility
SHARE at KIT: In cooperation with KIT, Schaeffler researches solutions for future mobility.
  • SHARE at KIT was founded in 2013 as one of the leading technical universities in Germany
  • 20 permanent employees supervise 10-15 doctoral theses and several funded research projects
  • A total of over 80 employees, researchers and students work in the SHARE at KIT network on strategically important research projects in the field of future mobility

The working groups work closely with the departments from the Automotive Division and focus on the following topics:

Automated mobility

  • Vehicle concepts for automated driving functions

Electrical drivers

  • Electric motors
  • Power electronics
  • Drive control

Energy storage

  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries

Lightweight design

  • Multi-material design

SHARE at FAU

Together we shape smart and holistic solutions for people and machines in the digital domain.
SHARE at FAU: Schaeffler has a strategic research partnership with the most innovative university in Germany (according to Reuters Innovation Ranking) since 2016.
  • Strategic research partnership with the most innovative university in Germany (according to Reuters Innovation Ranking) since 2016
  • Focus on artificial intelligence and innovative production processes
  • Holistic, interdisciplinary research approach in a future-oriented field that is important for the whole of Schaeffler

Artificial intelligence methods and algorithms are finding their way into almost all product and manufacturing areas. At SHARE at FAU, the employees perform research in the following areas:

AI for error detection and optimization

  • Concepts for the utilization of ML in the industrial environment
  • Prescriptive methods
  • Model-based optimization

Intelligent machines

  • Edge solutions
  • Industrial Internet of Things

SHARE at NTU

Mechatronics lab for collaborative industrial production robots
SHARE at NTU: Schaeffler's partnership with one of the world’s best young universities started in 2016 initially with a focus on urban mobility.
  • The partnership with the one of the world’s best young universities started in 2016 initially with a focus on urban mobility.
  • In 2020 Schaeffler founded a new, larger “Corporate Lab” at NTU for research in the field of robotics and industry 4.0 with an initial program duration of three years

As part of the current robotics / I4.0 research program, SHARE at NTU deals with the following topics:

Collaborative industrial robotics (Cobots)

  • Highly precise sensors
  • Actuator technology
  • Handling of soft materials

Automated mobile robotics platform (AMR)

  • Drive systems
  • Cobot-Integration

IoT for smart-factory applications

  • Network technology
  • Monitoring and maintenance applications

SHARE at SWJTU

Based on the China railway market, we lead railway technology and product innovation.
SHARE at SWJTU: Schaeffler has a close cooperation with China's leading university for railroad technology.
  • Close cooperation with China's leading university for railroad technology since 2017
  • Special focus on components and systems for high-speed trains
  • Observation of new train technologies such as Maglev, Hyperloop, hydrogen-based drive technology and vehicle digitization

In close cooperation with the research partner SWJTU, diverse topics from the field of rail technology are processed, including:

Highspeed bearings

  • New bearing generation for high-speed railways

Safety & reliability

  • Condition monitoring and predictive health management

Intelligent solutions

  • Digitalization platform
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