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Schaeffler moves into the future with wide product portfolio for Commercial Vehicles

Schaeffler is considered a leader in innovation, boasting a wide range of technologies to make cars more cost effective, greener and safer. In the industrial sector, our portfolio includes products for trains, aircraft, wind power plants and many other fields. As a supplier to the automotive industry, Schaeffler works not only with the passenger vehicle … Continued

Schaeffler is considered a leader in innovation, boasting a wide range of technologies to make cars more cost effective, greener and safer. In the industrial sector, our portfolio includes products for trains, aircraft, wind power plants and many other fields. As a supplier to the automotive industry, Schaeffler works not only with the passenger vehicle sector but also has efficient and sustainable solutions for engines, transmission, and chassis for commercial vehicles.

“As a mobility supplier with a global presence, Schaeffler is also the ideal partner for the commercial vehicle sector when it comes to the mobility of tomorrow. A total of 6,700 developers in 17 research and development centers worldwide are also working on cost-effective, low-emission, quiet commercial vehicles of the future”, says Prof. Peter Pleus, CEO Automotive at Schaeffler. “The company is well-positioned here due to its innovative strength, systems expertise and proximity to its customers”, continues Pleus.

A further key to its success is the cross-sector development work of its Industrial and Automotive divisions, where Schaeffler brings together expertise from different specialist fields. The combustion engine, transmission and electrical components are all taken into consideration together. Here, Schaeffler offers the commercial vehicle industry advantages that no other supplier really can. The increasing requirements to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption globally are always in mind, while we also consider the different demands for customized drive solutions around the world.

Therefore, the gross profit of a vehicle rather than the total cost of ownership (TCO) is the key consideration of the future. The best possible logistics solutions come into play here, as does minimizing service and maintenance times. To achieve this, Schaeffler has developed the “FAG SmartSET”, a ready-to-install wheel bearing repair solution for heavy goods vehicles. This saves two hours of labor per axle and prevents assembly errors, which have a negative impact on the lifespan.

“Commercial vehicles are the trendsetters for many technologies”, says Thomas Grimm, Vice President Product Management Heavy Duty at Schaeffler. “The emission limits are much stricter than for the passenger car. Fuel consumption is also an important cost factor. From a legislative point of view, there is a global trend towards ever stricter emission regulations. Noise emissions will be at the forefront in the future”, explains Grimm.

Here Schaeffler considers the new torsional vibration dampers between the engine and transmission, which not only reduce noise and ensure a longer lifespan for the components, to be the way forward. The part, which is fitted with a centrifugal pendulum, also enables the rpm level to be lowered, which therefore reduces consumption. The engine speed can be reduced in this way for “platooning”, i.e. the automated driving of trucks closely following one another. This in turn both minimizes consumption and lowers emissions.

Electronics is also finding its way into mechanical components such as wheel bearings. Sensors on all the wheels not only report the condition of a component but, thanks to Schaeffler’s expertise, they could also register the weight load and thus assist in the optimal loading of a semi trailer in future.

Would you like to know more? The following link http://schaeffler-epaper.com/technologies/commercial-vehicles/en/ will take you directly to our detailed online product brochure: Schaeffler – Technologies for Commercial Vehicles.

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