#Innovation

Quo vadis, robotics?
Digital
Quo vadis, robotics?
How will the interaction between humans and robots develop? Acclaimed automation expert Dominik Bösl looked at the future for tomorrow. You can read his report on these pages.
May 2024
Schaeffler and Marco Wittmann team up with Schubert Motorsport for 2024 DTM season
In Motion
Schaeffler and Marco Wittmann team up with Schubert Motorsport for 2024 DTM season
Motorsport has been in Schaeffler’s DNA for many years. The DTM serves as the perfect innovation platform. Schaeffler’s rear-wheel steering system will be used in the Audi R8 LMS GT2 “innovation taxi” for the first time.
April 2024
The science of chasing criminals
Digital
The science of chasing criminals
Modern technologies are turning into an increasingly powerful tool for convicting criminals. Dirk Labudde, Head of the Forensic Science Investigation Lab at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, provides insights.
April 2024
Children’s eyes looking into the future
Future Life
Children’s eyes looking into the future
Today’s children are tomorrow’s pioneers. “tomorrow” looks at how the youngest generation views the future. We asked children in various regions of the world what invention they’re still missing.
February 2024
Brick and mortar of the future
Engineering
Brick and mortar of the future
Materials not only form the structure of our surroundings but they’re also basic building blocks for groundbreaking developments. Together with experts, “tomorrow” looked at the key materials of the future.
February 2024
Underground masterpieces
Engineering
Underground masterpieces
Join us in exploring the breath-taking variety of tunnels around the world – from historic masterpieces to technological miracles to the largest natural cave systems – right here!
February 2024
“Innovation requires focus and speed”
Engineering
“Innovation requires focus and speed”
A dynamic market environment requires a clear focus on future-oriented innovations. In an interview with Schaeffler today, Chief Technology Officer Uwe Wagner (59) explains the structure of Schaeffler’s innovation strategy.
January 2024
Progress? Sure! But in my back yard?
Future Life
Progress? Sure! But in my back yard?
When large-scale technical projects or social change knock on the door the time has come for Nimby, an acronym that stands for “not in my backyard.” But what’s this alleged attitude of refusal all about?
January 2024
Hang loose – spectacular cable cars
Engineering
Hang loose – spectacular cable cars
Join us on a journey and discover the most spectacular cable cars.
December 2023
The power of data
Digital
The power of data
From storage space in data centers to artificial intelligence: More and more products are being offered as cloud services. Data-as-a-Service is not widely known yet although it’s already shortening the downtimes of entire industrial systems.
December 2023
Graphics instead of numbers
Digital
Graphics instead of numbers
The need for software keeps growing in line with digitalization. What’s been lacking so far is a simple way in which even employees with no IT experience can write the applications they need for their work. Low Code is designed to close that gap.
November 2023
Hunting the ultimate wave
Engineering
Hunting the ultimate wave
Anyone who wants to ride waves 50 metres high needs not only courage and skill, but also a surfboard design that is second to none. Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner has found the technology partner for his "Mission Wave Alpha" in Schaeffler.
October 2023
No rattling of the cage
Engineering
No rattling of the cage
Disturbing noise while driving has always gotten on people’s nerves but the issue has massively gained in importance due to the transition from internal combustion engines to quiet electric motors. Schaeffler’s expert Carsten Mohr provides insights.
October 2023
Rising Stars
Future Life
Rising Stars
The startup world is constantly in motion. “tomorrow” presents up-and-coming companies whose innovations in the transportation sector are already causing a sensation or have the potential to do so.
September 2023
Between anode and cathode: the future
In Motion
Between anode and cathode: the future
As energy storage systems for electric vehicles, traction batteries are increasingly attracting attention. They’re a challenge and key technology for climate-friendly mobility. A look at the current state of development and at technological prospects
September 2023
The power of soft
Digital
The power of soft
While the chassis used to be the backbone of an automobile, software will assume that role in the future. Maria Anhalt, CEO of automotive software specialist Elektrobit, shares informative insights.
September 2023
The art of making plates
Engineering
The art of making plates
Schaeffler is demonstrating its development capabilities in the field of hydrogen-powered mobility with a new generation of metallic bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
August 2023
High-tech ID
Digital
High-tech ID
Official ID cards and passports are frequently needed documents during the current travel season, but have you ever bothered taking a closer look at them? We have – and discovered some astonishing facts.
August 2023
Virtual testing for tough reality
Digital
Virtual testing for tough reality
Be it in the wind tunnel or for crash testing – vehicle development repeatedly involves the deployment of physical prototype models. That’s a lengthy and costly process now being increasingly substituted by engineers working with digital twins.
August 2023
Double benefit
Think Green
Double benefit
Competition my foot! Agrivoltaics shows that the simultaneous use of land for farming purposes and solar power production is possible.
August 2023
Lift off, please!
Future Life
Lift off, please!
What requirements must be met so that airborne urban mobility can be used in a few years? In a research project, the German Aerospace Center DLR has sought answers.
July 2023
Rallying without a steering column
In Motion
Rallying without a steering column
Top-caliber driving without a mechanical steering column: Space Drive steer-by-wire technology from Schaeffler ByWire is put through its paces in rallying.
June 2023
Is ultrafast satellite internet on the horizon?
Digital
Is ultrafast satellite internet on the horizon?
Swiss researchers have succeeded in developing ultrafast data transmission via laser and satellites.
June 2023
The oceanic world – how much do you know about it?
Think Green
The oceanic world – how much do you know about it?
What makes the battle against microplastics so difficult? What’s the average age of the freighters navigating the world’s seas? What can private citizens use to produce drinking water? Delve into the oceanic world and test your knowledge.
June 2023
Not all approaches are successful
Engineering
Not all approaches are successful
From turbines to nuclear power, from promising to bizarre – a compendium of the variety of powertrains from 150 years of automotive history.
May 2023
Strong through cooperation
Engineering
Strong through cooperation
The Schaeffler Hubs for Advanced Research (SHARE) have been linking industry and leading universities for ten years – a success story that began in 2013 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is celebrating its anniversary.
May 2023
“It could work out! If …”
Engineering
“It could work out! If …”
Transformation, change, strengthening resilience – how does that work? Andreas Hoberg, production expert and business consultant, classifies priorities and vocabulary.
May 2023
Welcome to the holofants
Future Life
Welcome to the holofants
Wild animals belong to a circus like clowns and acrobats – but who says that they must be real? True-to-original holograms can deliver even higher entertainment value. Initial proof of that has already been provided.
February 2023
Old masters in a digital guise
Future Life
Old masters in a digital guise
New technologies are sweeping through the often dusty museums and making the art world fit for the future. By merging oil and canvas with bits and bytes, old masters are conquering young markets along the way.
January 2023
That makes sense
Future Life
That makes sense
Sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste – these senses not only have biological relevance for us human beings but also connect us with our surroundings. Consequently, disorders within the sensory system have an impact. High tech can provide relief.
January 2023
Hello, holo!
Future Life
Hello, holo!
Canadian researchers managed to teleport the hologram of a person in real time. Together with “tomorrow,” Professor Metin Tolan, an eminent physicist and avowed Trekkie, ventures a look at the systems of the future.
January 2023
Mental block
In Motion
Mental block
The systems that will have to contribute to sensible and sustainable future mobility include Homo sapiens. Can traffic psychology help break down mental barriers to change?
December 2022
Joining forces for faster findings
Engineering
Joining forces for faster findings
The world’s 40 richest countries spend a total of 1.2 trillion euros per year on research and development. The money has been invested particularly effectively when academia and business act hand in hand.
December 2022
Schaeffler’s visionaries
Engineering
Schaeffler’s visionaries
How can the transportation sector become more sustainable? And how can Schaeffler accelerate that transformation? Those questions are among the ones that the specialists in Schaeffler’s Advanced Innovation department address and explore.
October 2022
Six innovative lifesavers
Think Green
Six innovative lifesavers
Eight billion people inhabit the Earth and nearly four billion of them are already living without reliable drinking-water supply today. Around the world, researchers are developing new technologies for tapping sources of drinking-water.
August 2022
Hot sand for hot winters
Think Green
Hot sand for hot winters
Wouldn’t it be great if the summer heat could be recovered for heating in winter? Scientists worldwide are researching this. tomorrow presents two novel means of storage: sand and acid.
July 2022
Little and larger helpers
Engineering
Little and larger helpers
The evolution of robots is rapidly picking up momentum. The worker-bees among them are becoming more powerful and ruggedized, liberating their human colleagues from hard and hazardous work. A status report from the world of machines.
June 2022
Light show
Digital
Light show
Reducing computing time is a constant subject in the world of IT. Now, modern laser technology is intended to help raise computers to new levels of speed and efficiency. “tomorrow” shows two examples.
June 2022
Energy from the deep – the next big thing
Think Green
Energy from the deep – the next big thing
When it comes to energy production, the focus is more on being above ground than below. Instead of coal mines, the emphasis is on wind turbines. Not so at Quaise: The company wants to open up new dimensions for geothermal energy.
May 2022
Energy storage systems of the future
Think Green
Energy storage systems of the future
Electricity storage is a key component of climate gas reduction. What role can mechanical systems such as flywheels, gravity and compressed-air energy storage play in this context? An overview.
May 2023
Ship ahoy, crew goodbye!
In Motion
Ship ahoy, crew goodbye!
In the future, autonomous vehicles are planned to play an important role also on water. In an interview, shipbuilding expert Dr. Christian Masilge explains what benefits this technology offers.
March 2022
Idea + X = success
Future Life
Idea + X = success
Startups have a pioneering spirit deeply rooted in their DNA. The following examples show how an innovative startup scene develops clever ideas further so that they achieve success in the marketplace.
February 2022
On the road toward a biobased economy
Think Green
On the road toward a biobased economy
Microorganisms as turbo recyclers, mussels as innovation models or artificial muscles as actuators: Driven by a pioneering spirit, biotechnology is gearing up for the battle against climate change.
January 2022
The electric revolution of the World Rally Championship
In Motion
The electric revolution of the World Rally Championship
The light has turned green for the hybrid era of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Global automotive supplier Schaeffler and its subsidiary Compact Dynamics are playing a pioneering role.
January 2022
Delving into history with high tech
Digital
Delving into history with high tech
In the quest for traces of our ancestors, archeologists dig up Earth’s past – and increasingly avail themselves of pioneering technologies in the process.
January 2022
What is smart about the smart city?
Digital
What is smart about the smart city?
The city in an all-new role: as a producer of big data. Professor Gesa Ziemer, PhD, director of the global CityScienceLab, describes the wide range of opportunities resulting from this role.
January 2022
Be robots and multiply
Engineering
Be robots and multiply
Robots multiplying themselves – that sounds like science fiction but is a reality. These automatic machines, however, are really tiny.
January 2022
Fireworks of the future
Future Life
Fireworks of the future
Fireworks are part of the New Year. However, these bombs of fine dust are not environmentally friendly. We present to you: There is a clean alternative: drone displays – high-tech pixels in the night.
December 2021
Transparent data for eternity
Digital
Transparent data for eternity
Researchers have developed a new high-speed method of storing huge information volumes on crystal 5D discs for billions of years.
December 2021
Shipping electricity
Think Green
Shipping electricity
Does shipping offshore wind power to onshore grids make sense? A Japanese start-up says yes it does.
December 2021
Electric fine-dust catcher
Future Life
Electric fine-dust catcher
Log-burning stoves radiate cozy warmth in winter, but the fine dust emitted by burning wood poses a health hazard and pollutes the environment. A new device provides relief.
December 2021
AI for your fries
Future Life
AI for your fries
Working as a fry cook is not exactly one of the dream jobs in the restaurant world. But there’s a worker who’s not deterred by any of that: Flippy, a professional fry cook using AI.
December 2021
Flying Star Trek-style
In Motion
Flying Star Trek-style
In the Star Trek movies, spacecraft powered by ion thrusters dash through the universe. In the United States a rather earthly aircraft recently completed an initial test flight with such a system.
December 2021
In motion for the last 75 years
Engineering
In motion for the last 75 years
It is one of the greatest “Made in Germany” success stories: The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is celebrating its 75th anniversary today.
December 2021
A super laser as a lightning rod
Future Life
A super laser as a lightning rod
Humans have been afraid of thunderstorms since time immemorial. Lightning rods reduce the risks they entail but have disadvantages as well. Lasers that channel lightning might solve the problem.
November 2021
Voltage in the wind
In Motion
Voltage in the wind
The “Spirit of Innovation” propeller-powered aircraft has set a new speed record for electric vehicles of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph). How great is the potential of this high-powered plane?
November 2021
Spun into space
In Motion
Spun into space
Instead of burning thousands of tons of fuel the technology start-up SpinLaunch is planning to hurl rockets into orbit using centrifugal force. This is how the launcher centrifuge is said to work ...
November 2021
Just fill up manure
In Motion
Just fill up manure
A Lithuanian organic food producer has now unveiled the world’s first hybrid tractor powered by biomethane and electricity for professional use: the Auga M1.
November 2021
From gray to green
Think Green
From gray to green
Starting in 2025, Schaeffler will be buying 100,000 metric tons (110,000 short tons) of “green” steel per year from a Swedish startup. The steel will be produced with hydrogen.
November 2021
As if by magic
In Motion
As if by magic
An electric race car without a driver barreling down the track and a car sharing provider steering its automobiles from an office. Two further steps toward making autonomous mobility a reality.
November 2021