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Why increase your global footprint by flying around the globe when a project can be managed from a desk, at home or in the office using a high-tech headset? Augmented reality (AR) plays an important role in the Schaeffler world.

As energy storage systems for electric vehicles, traction batteries are increasingly attracting attention as a key technology for climate-friendly mobility. Kay Dohnke takes a look at the current state of development and technological prospects.

What methods of transportation will we see in the future and how will these be powered? Schaeffler’s Automotive CEO Matthias Zink assesses seven propositions about mobility of tomorrow.

As the needs of automotive manufacturers rapidly evolve, Clément Feltz, President Chassis Business Division at Schaeffler, discusses the challenges the company faces in positioning itself as a major supplier of mechatronic systems for vehicle chassis.

Electrification, connectivity, the Internet of Things: we’re used to passenger cars having become part of those ecosystems. Though what are the implications for automotive development? Will it continue to be evolutionary?

Choosing the right system components for cobots and lightweight robots can improve their performance, while providing cost advantages and greater design freedom, says Ralf Moseberg, Head of the Industrial Automation Business Unit at Schaeffler. With this in mind we took the time to probe Mr Moseberg further on the challenges and how Schaeffler supports in the design of cobots.

The European rail system is currently at a crossroads. The EU has set itself the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emis-sions by 40 per cent by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.While there are many ways to achieve this, one of them is to use more rail transport to move people and goods around Europe

A new torque sensor system for cobots – integrated into a precision strain wave gear – enhances the performance of cobots and lightweight robots, as well as shortening cycle times. This represents a major advancement in breaking down the barriers to the widespread use of robots in industrial automation, says Ralf Moseberg, Head of the Industrial Automation Business Unit at Schaeffler.

In today’s climate, medical professionals especially, need to be able to rely on their equipment to assure the safety and well-being of patients in their care. With shortages in funding, staff and infrastructure in hospitals and healthcare systems have created an extremely challenging high-pressure environment where, now more than ever, medical equipment must perform effectively and be cost-efficient.

It’s time to get serious about renewable energies. The world has already experienced the effects of climate change, and it’s only getting worse. To mitigate these effects, we need to find a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially within the transport sector; as in countries like the UK and the US, the transport sector is now responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than any other, including electricity production and agriculture.

Machine failure often results from poor inspection practices, equipment not being cleaned or lubricated properly, as well as operator error due to complex condition monitoring tools requiring expert knowledge. Machine failure is usually one of the biggest concerns in every manufacturer's mind. Whether minor or catastrophic, equipment failure tends to result in repair costs, unplanned downtime, productivity loss, and impacts on production and delivery of services

Growing concern around the economic and geopolitical implications of possible shortages in oil supply are triggering the search for alternative fuels. Hydrogen offers promise as a clean energy carrier, as it can contribute to three vital targets that policymakers currently favour around the world: GHG emissions reductions, energy security and reduction of local air pollution.

The climate change clock ticks continually. To reach the goals of reducing risk and vulnerability to climate change, strengthening resilience and, enhancing well-being and the capacity to anticipate and respond successfully to change. We need to get the required innovations off the ground as soon as possible.

The transportation sector is facing disruption across the board from unsustainable global air, land, and water pollution levels. To address these concerns in the transport industry, Schaeffler is developing efficient solutions for its bearings that offer plenty of efficiency and innovation potential. They can reduce friction, therefore noticeably lower the consumption of commercial vehicles.

Today, more than ever, modern societies depend on technology and machines. We travel in cars, buses and trains, relying on the turbines of aeroplanes and power grids. It's easy to forget how much our life depends on machines – until they happen to fail. Care, maintenance and servicing are crucial.

Mobile robots such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robot (AMRs) are increasingly being adopted for industrial applications, as companies look for ways to deploy their existing workforces more effectively and maximise the productivity and efficiency of their operations.

The role of rail is crucial if the transportation sector wants to achieve its climate goals. Rail is one of the most energy-efficient transport modes, responsible for nine per cent of global motorised passenger movement and seven per cent of freight shipping—though only three per cent of energy consumption, according to the International Energy Agency (IEL).

Take a look at how Schaeffler's specialty grooved ceramic ball bearings withstood extreme temperatures supporting the neutrino research project Arianna.

The evolution of robots is rapidly upon us as they are learning faster and faster: to move around and enhance their vision, tactile sensitivity, and smell. These machines are becoming more powerful and robust liberating their human colleagues from hard and hazardous work.

E-mobility is emerging at an accelerated pace As concerns around climate change become more paramount, Schaeffler looks forward and embraces the numerous changes in our social, geopolitical, and macroeconomic environment as well as challenges and opportunities.

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