Schaeffler and Siemens Intensify Artificial Intelligence Collaboration

Memorandum of understanding focuses on joint development of digital solutions for the shop floor and AI applications in the industrial sector

  • May 2, 2024
  • Schaeffler uses the AI-based assistant “Siemens Industrial Copilot” to generate codes for programmable logic controllers in production machines. Photo: Schaeffler
    Schaeffler uses the AI-based assistant “Siemens Industrial Copilot” to generate codes for programmable logic controllers in production machines. Photo: Schaeffler

The Schaeffler Group and Siemens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Hannover Messe. Both companies will promote the use of artificial intelligence in the industrial sector and thus make a significant joint contribution to shaping the digital production of the future. At the Hanover Fair, Schaeffler and Siemens are once again demonstrated their successful cooperation with the "Siemens Industrial Copilot", an industrial automation solution using AI. It is connected to a production machine from Schaeffler Special Machinery. The AI assistant makes the work of production staff much more efficient. Even complex automation codes for the machine can be generated using natural speech. 

“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.“

Industrial Copilot for increased agility and efficiency 

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. 

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.”