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Schaeffler brings you the production of the future

07 June 2021

For several decades, Schaeffler has been offering a portfolio of products for industrial robotics. It has now set itself the objective of becoming a major partner for lightweight robotics.

“We want to occupy a key position in the rapidly growing markets of condition monitoring and robotics. Through strategic initiatives and close collaboration, we offer our customers innovations for the production of the future,” says Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial of Schaeffler AG.

Schaeffler has set itself the objective of becoming a major partner for lightweight robotics. Today, smaller robots and cobots are increasingly being used for the automation of handing and assembly tasks and the company is part of these developments. 

For several decades Schaeffler has been offering a portfolio of products for industrial robotics. These have been based on its conventional bearing range. Expertise from a wide range of business divisions have enabled the company to make significant leaps forward into the development of robotics. It combines this with being cost-effective and with an outstanding level of quality – an ideal combination. 

Over the years, Schaeffler has developed a completely new bearing type. This has been specifically developed for articulated arms of lightweight robots and cobots. Major leaps forward in products such as Durawave also show the innovations that are coming out of Schaeffler. Now there are new potential areas of application for these lightweight robots and cobots. With a modular portfolio of innovative bearing supports, robot gearboxes and drive motors, Schaeffler is positioned as a partner for lightweight robotics

These system components play a crucial part in the performance of compact robots. They hold the potential for great advances in development. With the increasing power density and precision of these components, lightweight robots and cobots can be used in areas of application that require higher speeds, precision and cleanliness levels, as well as increased load-bearing capacity. 

Schaeffler offers these components separately or as matched systems meeting customers’ requirements for maximum compactness, dynamics and performance. 

It's not only the product range the company has been developing – its engineering departments are second to none. Whether it's research and development or technical testing, its consultation engineers are your expert contacts from the start. 

Virtual cobots at your fingertips

Using the Schaeffler RoboticAR app, you can simulate cobot operations on your own shop floor.

With the new Schaeffler augmented reality smartphone app, RoboticAR, you can project virtual lightweight robots (LWR) and collaborative robots into your world in no time at all. This is not only extremely convenient to help you better visualise cobot use but will quickly inspire new automation ideas. RoboticAR also provides a lot of information about the company’s high-performance robotic components and systems. 

Schaeffler’s AR smartphone app overlays the virtual version of a LWR into the real world captured by your smartphone camera. You can easily zoom in or out and move the LWR using standard gesture control. RoboticAR runs on iOS and Android, installs quickly, is easy to use, and provides you with important information about the company’s robotic portfolio at any time. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.


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