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What Will Move Us Next?: IAA Mobility 2021 Highlights

What Will Move Us Next?: IAA Mobility 2021 Highlights

With 2021 coming to a close and some countries slowly easing restrictions within their country, the post-pandemic world has certainly been enlightened to how mobility affects us significantly.

By Ashwini Balan, Eastern Trade Media

Mobility can be labelled as an umbrella term that encapsulates a wide range of functions either as enabling mobility or in itself mobility. Especially in our digital world, the possibility is simply limitless from our standard automobiles to digital solutions and urban air mobility. With the global vision of an all-electric future, the organisers of IAA Mobility 2021, have brought together a phenomenal trade show that has been a trending topic among trade leaders, international corporations and fans of the latest automotive innovations. 

400,000 participants from 95 countries – 744 exhibitors and 936 speakers from 32 countries – 67 percent of visitors under the age of 40 – international media reach of 137 billion – survey shows very positive exhibitor and visitor response. All these statistics makes it further evident that the premiere of IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, from the 7th to 12th September, was a roaring success and is now the largest mobility event in the world.

“We took a courageous step and were rewarded by the visitors,” said Hildegard Müller, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which organized the first IAA Mobility this year jointly with Messe München.

“What will move us next?” is the motto of this year’s show with three key pillars being mobility of the future, commitment to constant change, and a platform for all those shaping the future. Among the massive list of exhibits, some were well-known OEMs such as Renault, Hyundai, Ford, BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Huawei, Microsoft, IBM, Bosch, Magna, Schaeffler, Continental, Michelin, and the bicycle brands Canyon, Specialized, Riese & Müller, Rose, Kettler and many more.

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“We are now evaluating the event and will further develop our strategy so that we can welcome an even broader spectrum of exhibitors at the next IAA MOBILITY, and to continue the dialog on the future of mobility.,” Hildegard Müller said. 

Regardless of the event format in Munich, the IAA Mobility will continue operating its website, making it a worldwide digital platform for the transformation of mobility on the path to climate neutrality, for innovations around cars, bikes, scooters, car and ride sharing, digitization and urban development.

References of the content:
1. Original Article Source: Press Release, IAA Mobility 2021 Website

2. The best photos of the IAA MOBILITY 2021 are available here

3. The film about the IAA MOBILTY 2021 is available here

4. The public-domain photo. and film material is available here

5. The complete list of exhibitors is available here

6. The complete list of partners is available here

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Bearing Solutions And Dynamic Motion Systems For Robot-Based Automation

Bearing Solutions And Dynamic Motion Systems For Robot-Based Automation

Industrial robots have established themselves in the competition for efficient automation solutions for a wide variety of handling and machining tasks. This development has been accelerated by increasing quantities and the associated fall in purchasing costs and by technical progress regarding rigidities and possible loads. Articulated arm bearing supports play a decisive role in the load carrying capacity, dynamics, and precision of robots. Schaeffler offers solutions for each of the six axes with their specific requirements.

INA XSU-series crossed roller bearings: Ideal for narrow design envelopes thanks to their high load carrying capacity and rigidity with a small bearing cross-section

Swivel joint bearing supports for articulated robots

The lower swivel bearing support for axes 1 and 2 of a robot supports the entire weight and the largest tilting moments. What makes things even more difficult is the fact that tilting in the bearing support is multiplied as far as the tool center point (TCP). This is where Schaeffler offers INA ZKLDF double-row axial angular contact ball bearings with very high tilting rigidity, which are well known from the machine tool sector. Their solid bearing rings are screw mounted to the adjacent construction.

Axes 3 and 4 still support a significant proportion of the robot arm’s weight, however, the installation space in the joint is already significantly restricted. This calls for a high load carrying capacity and rigidity with a small bearing cross-section. Schaeffler’s engineers have optimised INA XSU-series crossed roller bearings especially for the increasing requirements in this application. A particularly high filling level with cylindrical rollers ensures increased rigidity.

Double-row bearing supports, particularly those in an O arrangement, offer major potential for bearing supports with very high tilting rigidity due to their very large support distance and small axial design envelope. INA SGL-series angular contact roller bearings also have a very rigid roller contact. Schaeffler recommends a combination of both types, particularly for axes 5 and 6 with small articulated arm diameters. SGL bearings can be very flexibly integrated into the available installation space between the robot’s gearbox and the housing due to their small cross-section and diameter graduations.

The 7th axis – the extended arm

A so-called 7th axis is frequently used to extend the working area of industrial robots or enable them to move greater distances. The robot is moved between individual machine tools or stations and the magazines and palette systems on a table of the linear axis. The INA KUSE six-row monorail guidance system in X-life quality is particularly suitable as a guidance system here. It offers a very high nominal rating life, reduced lubricant requirement, and extremely small stroke pulsation. In a compressive direction, this six-row monorail guidance system has a particularly high load carrying capacity and is therefore ideally suited for combination with direct drives. In order to maximise the availability of the entire production cell with X machine tools, Schaeffler offers DuraSense as an option for its monorail guidance systems. DuraSense’s integrated sensor system enables automated lubrication or monitoring of the lubrication condition of carriages. The risk of unplanned downtimes due to wear and lubrication failure is significantly reduced.

INA linear actuators and driven linear units can be combined from an extensive range to form cartesian systems. INA MTKUSE telescopic actuators are suitable for transport and handling tasks in workpiece and tool magazines, for example.

Cartesian systems: Cost-effective, dynamic, and precise

It is not always necessary to use an expensive robot for handling workpieces and tools. These tasks can be frequently still performed by cartesian axis systems, which are constructed from linear actuators that can be combined. Schaeffler offers an extensive range of INA linear actuators and driven linear units in this field. Linear actuators with special functions expand the range of applications. MTKUSE telescopic actuators, for example, allow a handover in areas behind protective barriers or in separate workspaces.


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Schaeffler Expands Product Portfolio With New Manufacturing Plant In Vietnam

Schaeffler Expands Product Portfolio With New Manufacturing Plant In Vietnam

Products manufactured in the plant will be supplied to customers across a wide range of industry sectors including agriculture, construction and mining, power transmission, food processing, textile, paper, steel, cement and two-wheelers (motorcycles).

Schaeffler has unveiled its new Greenfield manufacturing facility at Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai province of Vietnam. Standing on an area of 25,000sqm, the company has invested more than 45 million euros in building this modern facility. This new plant will create 300 additional jobs in the Dong Nai province. The opening ceremony held on 9 May 2019 was officiated by H.E. Dinh Quoc Thai, Chairman, Dong Nai Province People’s Committee; Georg F.W. Schaeffler, shareholder and Chairman of Schaeffler Group; and H.E. Andreas Siegel, German Consul General.

Confidence In Vietnam’s Potential As An Efficient Production Hub

“There are many reasons for our continued commitment to Vietnam. Its strategic location in Asia, a well-diversified, stable and fast-growing economy with talented, well-educated, ambitious population are just few among them,” said Mr. Schaeffler.

He also expressed confidence that Asia Pacific will be one of the future growth engine of the economy and as part of the company’s global strategy, the new plant will be able to meet the increasing demand from customers in growing industries in the region. “We see tremendous potential to apply our broad technological know-hows in the emerging markets,” added Mr. Schaeffler.

Helmut Bode, CEO Schaeffler Asia Pacific, said this is the second major investment by Schaeffler to expand local manufacturing capacity in Asia Pacific. The first plant is in Thailand for automotive products, which was opened in 2016. “We continue to grow our engineering competency and production footprint with the aim to deliver highest value from our products and solutions to customers in the region and around the world. Today we are proud to celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art facility for industrial products in Vietnam,” commented Mr Bode.

Industry 4.0 To Optimise Manufacturing Process

Equipped with advanced production machinery and technologies, the new plant is the first in Southeast Asia to apply the latest Industry 4.0 solutions developed by the company. The plant features the use of SmartCheck – a condition monitoring device or smart sensor, and there are 70 of such devices installed at key positions in the plant. These devices monitors condition of machines and detects rolling bearing damage, imbalances and misalignments, hence reducing downtime and maximising machine lifetime.

Furthermore, the manufacturing facility is the first in Asia Pacific to focus solely on industrial applications. With the growth of the global industrial business and given its wide range of applications, Schaeffler is taking this opportunity to expand its local product portfolio. The plant will not only increase production capacity of existing product ranges of industrial bearings and components such as the Tapered Roller Bearings (TRB) and Radial Insert Ball Bearings (RIBB).

New product lines including an extended range of RIBB and the company’s flagship product – the Needle Roller Bearings (NRB) will be added as well. Products manufactured in Vietnam will be distributed globally, across various industrial sectors including, agriculture, food processing, power transmission and two-wheelers (motorcycles).

“The expansion of local manufacturing capacity demonstrates our confidence in Vietnam as an ideal production hub in the Asia Pacific region to serve regional and global customers with best-in-class bearing products and systems,” said Martin Schreiber, President Industrial at Schaeffler Asia Pacific during the ceremony.


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Schaeffler And Mitsubishi Electric Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Schaeffler And Mitsubishi Electric Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG announced a global strategic partnership as part of the [email protected] Alliance network. Since 2010 both companies have been partners in the [email protected] Alliance, which is part of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s [email protected] Concept. This concept supports companies with measures within the framework of the digital transformation, such as the integration of machine and plant data into MES (manufacturing execution systems) and ERP (enterprise resource planning systems).

Industry 4.0 scenarios are characterised by highly individualised products in very flexible manufacturing conditions. Along with production technology, Industry 4.0 also comprises digitally connecting components and machines. Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial of Schaeffler AG, explained: “To provide Industry 4.0 solutions with substantial added value for the customer we need collaboration across different companies. With the technological expertise and systems know-how of Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric teamed up in this global strategic partnership, we will be able to offer intelligent solutions tailored to customer and market requirements to optimise manufacturing operations and equipment lifecycle costs.”

Mr. Noriyuki Shimizu, Executive Officer and General Manager of Factory Automation Overseas Division at Mitsubishi Electric, added: “Over the last years, we have successfully carried out joint projects in various countries in Europe and Asia. Now, we intend to intensify and expand our collaboration on a global level.” Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric collaborate to boost connectivity and to create Industry 4.0 solutions that reduce machine downtime and maximise productivity for the customer. For example, the machine protocol SLMP (seamless message protocol) implemented in Schaeffler condition monitoring systems enables vibration sensors to communicate bidirectionally with Mitsubishi Electric’s programmable logic controller and to transmit the characteristic values determined. The PLC processes the data into information, which is prepared as plain text messages and shown on a display. An additional integration level also allows the condition monitoring system to be connected with the PLC of the relevant plant via a network cable and Modbus protocol.

Schaeffler contributes concepts that combine mechatronic products, condition monitoring systems, and digital services to form application-specific 4.0 solution packages. These provide the basis for the creation of customised products and services whose main focus is always on the effectiveness of the overall system.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation offers a vast range of factory automation and processing technologies, including programmable logical controllers (PLC), inverters, robots, servo-drives and HMI, helping to bring higher productivity and quality to the factory floor.


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Schaeffler Takes Over Compact Dynamics

Schaeffler Takes Over Compact Dynamics

Starnberg, Germany: One year after acquiring the majority stake in Compact Dynamics GmbH, Schaeffler has now acquired the remaining 49 percent stake in the company from Semikron. Through the acquisition of the electric motor manufacturer, the company is expanding its expertise in the field of electric motors.

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With more autonomy to the Southeast Asian operations, Schaeffler hopes to get a further foothold in the region with its offerings. Syed Shah speaks to Mark Gabel, VP industrial and aerospace, Schaeffler Southeast Asia, to get his inputs on the company’s plans and directions for the region in 2016 and beyond.

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Schaeffler: MTKUSE Telescopic Actuator

Schaeffler: MTKUSE Telescopic Actuator

Schaeffler has developed the MTKUSE telescopic actuator for secondary axes such as in pick-and-place applications or for tool transfer. Three precision linear ball bearing and guideway assemblies are arranged on top of one another, making the possible travel distance more than twice that of the basic actuator.

The linear unit can extend in both directions. A geared servomotor is mounted on the outside of the aluminium profile and drives the actuator via a rack and pinion drive. Servomotors from other manufacturers, low backlash precision planetary gearboxes, end switches and distance measuring systems can be fitted on request.

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