March 27, 2023
Boon Siew Han, Chief Information Officer Asia Pacific, Schaeffler

Boon Siew Han, Chief Info Officer Asia Pacific, Schaeffler

As soon as confined to the domains of science fiction, synthetic intelligence (AI) has since come a great distance in imitating clever human conduct. From transportation to manufacturing and manufacturing processes, the development of AI has led to profound adjustments on the planet of mobility and movement.

Using AI may be grouped into rule-based programs and extremely complicated programs primarily based on Machine Studying and Deep Studying algorithms. This permits the processing of knowledge the place these algorithms can draw patterns and make predictions akin to visible inspection, predictive upkeep, and gross sales forecasting.

For the automotive and industrial sectors, these developments have led to larger curiosity and demand for extra clever choices and are paving the best way to completely new manufacturing and repair ideas. As an illustration, improved connectivity and Web of Issues (IoT) functions have led to the event of distant situation monitoring and predictive upkeep. These result in greater effectivity positive factors and higher reliability, in the end enhancing manufacturing high quality.

Likewise, we count on that round 30{de3f20c92ce224378c09657b28617526652b620c87a49ae1e3163637825b2011} of all new passenger automobiles and light-weight industrial autos produced on the planet will probably be partially automated within the automotive sector. Furthermore, half of them could have the aptitude for extremely automated driving.

Making a Strong Synthetic Intelligence Framework

In gentle of those developments, there’s a stronger emphasis on leveraging knowledge science and analytics to reinforce processes and productiveness. To greatest make the most of these alternatives, industrial gamers ought to implement a sturdy synthetic intelligence framework and technique to strategically optimize using AI for essential insights and elevated effectivity and agility.

 Price-effective power storage will play a key function in that transformation 

At Schaeffler, now we have anchored our AI technique primarily based on six guiding rules: Group, Abilities, Ecosystem, Worth, Codex (Code of Ethics), and Processes.

These six guiding rules permit us to strengthen our AI capabilities, specializing in business-value supply and necessities whereas establishing belief and competencies amongst our workers.

As an illustration, by intelligently integrating AI and machine studying in operational processes and the cloud, we regularly optimize numerous facets of our plant operations, together with our upkeep cycles – permitting us to realize important reductions in throughput instances at our manufacturing vegetation.

As we glance to higher help our workers of their every day work, we’re additionally engaged on superior, clever help capabilities that allow pure language interplay between people and machines.

Collaboration and Open Innovation

As a provider of the automotive and industrial sectors for greater than 75 years, we perceive that it’s only by way of collaboration and powerful partnerships that we are able to broaden the state of recent applied sciences and switch these insights to our enterprise.

A method we’re doing that is by way of our open innovation mannequin, the place we companion with academia for analysis and information switch and start-ups to carry important innovation to our enterprise.

On the tutorial partnerships entrance, we established the Schaeffler Hub for Superior Analysis (SHARE) community in 2013, with main universities worldwide – in Europe, Asia/ Pacific, China, and America – the place we companion with college scientists, postgraduate and undergraduate college students to carry modern insights that may rework and form the world of mobility and movement.

As an illustration, our SHARE at Nanyang Technological College (NTU) lab in Singapore focuses on industrial functions of AI and robotics and was just lately awarded the Innovation in {Hardware} Award for its GraviKart robotic push trolly answer on the Worldwide Convention on Social Robotics (ICSR) 2021. Equally, in different SHARE amenities, we’re leveraging AI to help our analysis and improvement work in areas akin to electrical and automatic mobility, interurban mobility, battery know-how options, and digitalization by way of data-driven modelling and embedded AI programs.

Utilizing clever programs and elements to supply listening, talking, and visible recognition capabilities for efficient communication between workers and robots, GraviKart is a part of our efforts to reimagine shopfloor operations that higher help shopfloor workers with their duties and productiveness.

However, we companion with networks akin to Plug and Play to attach with a number of the brightest start-ups globally. The partnerships permit us to herald exterior views that broaden our information concerning new applied sciences and processes, which allow us to develop new competencies that generate the very best worth for our clients.

Moreover, now we have joined an integrated society with eleven different companions in Germany to foster real-life functions within the area of synthetic intelligence for the related improvement of moral and regulatory frameworks for Germany and the remainder of Europe.


As developments in synthetic intelligence proceed to evolve, so will expectations and acceptance of the know-how. Corporations ought to thus begin to embark on a strategic, complete long-term plan to combine these applied sciences whereas making certain openness to new types of considering by way of collaboration to unlock the utmost worth of those alternatives.