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Quantum Leap In Parts Manufacturing Through Digitization

DMG MORI and Schaeffler AG have announced that they are once again deepening their long-standing business relationship. At the recent DMG MORI Partner Summit 2021 DMG MORI received a forward-looking software development order from Schaeffler. Both companies
signed a contract for the digitization of tool manufacturing.

Together, DMG MORI and Schaeffler want to develop and implement worldwide at Schaeffler a completely new, dynamically integrated manufacturing system.

As a globally active automotive and industrial supplier with a wide range of industrial applications, Schaeffler has already been a significant technology partner of DMG MORI since 2014. Together with up2parts and ISTOS, DMG MORI is developing a fully integrated system for cost-efficient, sustainable manufacturing for Schaeffler in the first step.

Schaeffler considers a holistic approach to digitalization as a key topic that opens up new opportunities for the company and its customers along the entire value-added chain. As part of the Roadmap 2025, the automotive and industrial supplier is therefore consistently driving forward the transformation of its more than 70 production plants into semi-autonomous, digital and sustainable factories of the future. The groundbreaking development of an innovative, dynamically integrated production system for digitalizing tool manufacturing is an important step in this transformation.

The basis for this is an AI-based work plan creation, automatically generated work preparation and reconfigurable workflows. The aim
of the new collaboration at development level is, for example, to significantly shorten quotation time by up to 80% through optimized processes and systems.

An Important Step Towards Sustainable and Digital Production

“The dynamic system automates the existing individual process steps of design, planning, and programming. The key to this is the creation of routing based on artificial intelligence, automatically generated operations scheduling, and reconfigurable work processes. For example, the integrated solution can significantly reduce the time required to prepare a quotation by up to 80 percent by means of optimized processes and systems. “Schaeffler can use the new system to create a digital twin in Tool Manufacturing, starting in the operations scheduling processes through to the production process and its monitoring in Production” explains Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial of Schaeffler AG.

Andreas Schick, COO Production, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing at Schaeffler AG: “I am convinced that our development project will benefit not only both companies, but first of all customers and users. Together, we want to create completely new, digital solutions and redefine the future of the industry.”

Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG MORI stated “Our cooperation is the perfect fit. With Schaeffler as an important strategic partner, we are setting new standards in the digitization of tool manufacturing. 3D CAD data are the basis for highly automated, digitized processes and thus sustainable manufacturing.”

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