Schaeffler Boosts Digital Manufacturing in New Deal

For Schaeffler, digital solutions will be key to achieving sustainable and intelligent manufacturing in the future. Moreover, German software startup up2parts GmbH has been with Schaeffler in its moves for a digital factory. The purpose of the cooperation is to develop AI-based automation solutions for modern machines and the holistic value chain in manufacturing and to deploy these solutions in an agile manufacturing environment.

Recently, Schaeffler has acquired a stake in up2parts. At the same time, Schaeffler’s Head of Advanced Production Technology, Thomas Krämer, is joining CEO Marco Bauer in leading the company.

Thomas Krämer, Head of Advanced Production Technology at Schaeffler, is the new Co-CEO of up2parts GmbH. Foto: Schaeffler

Digitalization Hinges on AI

Andreas Schick, Chief Operating Officer responsible for Production, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing at Schaeffler AG said digitalization of manufacturing is Schaeffler’s top priority. In addition, Schick said the acquisition will make the company’s global manufacturing network more agile, efficient, and fast. Thus, critical to the success of Schaeffler.

The pathway to the digital factory: Schaeffler is investing in the startup up2parts GmbH to accelerate the development of AI-based solutions for automation of modern manufacturing machines. Foto: Schaeffler

Furthermore, Schick said, “Acquiring a stake in up2parts is the next logical step in transforming. In cooperation with a strong partner, our 83 manufacturing plants into semiautonomous and sustainable factories.” Schaeffler already cooperates with up2parts and DMG MORI, up2parts’ other stakeholder. Particularly, the alliance centers at Schaeffler’s state-of-the-art tool technology center in Höchstadt. Together, they established an integrated system for digitalization of toolmaking with AI-based route sheet creation.

Schaeffler already cooperates with up2parts at its state-of-the-art tool technology center in Höchstadt, Germany. Foto: Schaeffler

Thomas Krämer, Head of Advanced Production Technology at Schaeffler and Co-CEO of up2parts, said, “Schaeffler and up2parts have a strong, close partnership, which we now want to strengthen even further. The joint development of an innovative system for the digitalization of toolmaking will be groundbreaking. (Particularly), using artificial intelligence, Schaeffler will, for example, be able to plan route sheets even more efficiently in the future. We will also develop a cloud-based AUTOCAM solution for the automatic creation of machining programs for machine tools.”

In addition to Schaeffler, Sandvik is also investing in up2parts. Sandvik is a global, high-tech engineering group providing solutions that enhance productivity and sustainability for the manufacturing, mining, and infrastructure industries.

“Schaeffler and Sandvik … will help us to make our vision of a digital and efficient manufacturing landscape a reality,” says Marco Bauer, Co-Managing Director of up2parts.