Artificial intelligence: Schaeffler and Siemens intensify collaboration


  • Schaeffler and Siemens sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of artificial intelligence in production
  • Memorandum of understanding focuses on joint development of digital solutions for the shop floor and AI applications in the industrial sector
  • Innovative AI assistant “Siemens Industrial Copilot” proving successful in test operation
Schaeffler and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of artificial intelligence (from left): Roberto Henkel, Senior Vice President Digitalisation & Operations IT at Schaeffler, Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld, Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries, and Olaf Plante, Vice President Sales for Automotive Suppliers, Tyre Industry and Linebuilder Germany at Siemens.

Motion Technology Company Schaeffler and technology company Siemens have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Hannover Messe. Both companies will advance the use of artificial intelligence in the industrial sector and therefore make a significant joint contribution to shaping the digital production of the future. At the Hannover Messe, Schaeffler and Siemens are once again showing the successful collaboration with the “Siemens Industrial Copilot,” an industrial automation solution using AI. It is connected to a production machine from Schaeffler Special Machinery at the Hannover Messe. The AI assistant makes the work significantly more efficient for the employees on the shop floor because complex automation codes for the machine can also be generated with natural spoken words.

“Digitalisation is one of Schaeffler’s key topics,” says Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG. “The use of AI-based solutions is a decisive factor for making production processes more innovative, agile and efficient. With Siemens, Schaeffler has a strong industrial partner at its side to accelerate the development and implementation of generative AI solutions in a targeted manner and to generate added value for its customers.”

“Siemens and Schaeffler are pioneers on the path to highly-automated and digital factories. With the ‘Siemens Industrial Copilot’, we are bringing the capabilities of generative AI to the Schaeffler shop floor,” says Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries. “Together, we are showing how artificial intelligence is revolutionising production– from the generation of machine code to AI-based maintenance. And that is just the beginning.“

Schaeffler uses the AI-based assistant “Siemens Industrial Copilot” to generate codes for programmable logic controllers in production machines.

Siemens Industrial Copilot: increased agility and efficiency in production

Schaeffler is already using a large number of AI solutions in various applications. The “Siemens Industrial Copilot” is operating in pilot mode on a robot cell from Schaeffler Special Machinery, the Schaeffler Group’s special machine construction unit. This project was jointly developed by Schaeffler and Siemens. The AI solution assumes tasks such as creating complex programming codes for manufacturing processes, thus reducing the outlay for machine operators. The “Siemens Industrial Copilot” also has access to relevant documentation, guidelines and manuals to help employees identify potential causes of errors. The AI-based assistant offers further potential with regard to machine correspondence or validations.

   At Schaeffler, the “Siemens Industrial Copilot” will make human-machine interaction more intuitive, efficient and faster.

Andreas Schick, Chief Operating Officer of Schaeffler AG, says: “We are now at the start of a decade of efficiency at Schaeffler. The ‘Siemens Industrial Copilot’ proves that artificial intelligence can already be used in production today. With the Copilot, we are providing our experts on the shop floor with an innovative digital tool, which simplifies their work and significantly increases their efficiency. We are taking production to a new, digital level in collaboration with Siemens.”

Laura McKenzie
UK Communications & Branding Manager
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd
Unit 308, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway
B24 9FD
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