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Schaeffler erweitert die Motorenentwicklung am deutschen Stammsitz

Schaeffler erweitert seinen bestehenden Campus für Elektromobilität und Fertigungsentwicklung in Bühl, Deutschland, um einen neuen Gebäudekomplex. Die Anlage wird eine Fläche von rund 8000 Quadratmetern einnehmen2 Es dient als neues Kompetenzzentrum für Elektromobilität am Stammsitz der Sparte Automotive Technologies in Schaeffler.

„Wir bauen unsere Aktivitäten im Bereich Elektromobilität deutlich aus und akquirieren große Kundenprojekte“, sagt Matthias Zink, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Automotive Technologies bei Schaeffler. „Wir sind dabei, moderne und zukunftsweisende Arbeitsplätze für unsere Innovationen in der Elektromobilität zu schaffen.“

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The complex will consist of two buildings connected by a bridge. It will have a total floor area of 15,000m2, providing space for some 400 employees to work collaboratively on customer projects and develop new systems for electric powertrains. “Going forward, Schaeffler is eager to acquire more and more projects involving integrated mechanical, electronic and software systems. To optimally manage these complexities, we are building strong project teams and a future-oriented work environment,” added Dr Jochen Schröder, president of Schaeffler’s e-mobility business division.

The facility will feature workspaces for interdisciplinary teams, extensive collaboration and networking zones, as well as laboratory and workshop areas. There are also plans for a conference center. The new complex will complement Schaeffler’s three existing buildings at the Bussmatten site, where the company is already developing and manufacturing components and systems for electromobility.

Furthermore, in one of the existing buildings at the Bussmatten site – a production hall used for the manufacture of transmission components – Schaeffler is building an ultra-modern plant for electric motors known as the UltraELab, designed in accordance with the principles of the ‘ultra-efficient factory’ concept developed by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in partnership with Schaeffler and others. “As well as raising the bar for efficiency and productivity, our aim with the UltraELab is to make a real contribution to greater sustainability,” said Schröder.

These objectives will be achieved primarily through the agile and flexible production of electric motors, the heart of every electric powertrain. Instead of using fixed production lines, the company will manufacture the motors using flexible digitalized technology modules that can be rearranged and rescaled as required. Thanks to standardized interfaces as well as state-of-the-art IT integration, the modules will be much simpler and quicker to set up and configure than conventional systems.

“Our goal is to achieve flexible and efficient production of innovative electric motors,” noted Schröder. A pilot plant in which experts can test the agile production facility already exists at the site. Paired with a digital twin, it will serve as a blueprint for the planned industrial-scale manufacturing facility. “By closely integrating electric motor development and production at a single location, we are leveraging key synergies for continuous product improvement,” Schröder concluded.

Über den Autor

Laurent Metzger

Lawrence befasst sich seit 2007 mit technischen Themen – mit Schwerpunkt auf Motorsporttechnologie – und hat eine Vielzahl internationaler Titel herausgegeben und zu ihnen beigetragen. Derzeit ist er für den Inhalt der Websites der UKI Media & Events-Gruppe verantwortlich und schreibt gleichzeitig für die Printtitel des Unternehmens.

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