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Since 2010 both companies have been partners in the alliance, which is part of Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Concept.
The concept supports companies with measures within the framework of digital transformation, such as the integration of machine and plant data into MES (manufacturing execution systems) and ERP (enterprise resource planning systems).
“To provide Industry 4.0 solutions with substantial added value for the customer, we need collaboration across different companies,” said Stefan Spindler, CEO of Schaeffler’s industrial division. “With the technological expertise and systems know-how of Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric, we will be able to offer intelligent solutions tailored to customer and market requirements to optimise manufacturing operations and equipment lifecycle costs.”
Noriyuki Shimizu, corporate executive vice president for Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation Systems Group, said: “We have successfully carried out joint projects in various countries in Europe and Asia over the years. Now we intend to intensify and expand our collaboration on a global level.”
Mitsubishi Electric and Schaeffler are collaborating to boost connectivity and to create Industry 4.0 solutions that reduce machine downtime and maximise productivity for customers, the firms said.
Schaeffler contributes concepts that combine mechatronic products, condition monitoring systems, and digital services to form application-specific 4.0 solution packages. These provide the basis for the creation of customised products and services, with the main focus on the effectiveness of the overall system.
Mitsubishi Electric offers a vast range of factory automation and processing technologies, including programmable logical controllers, inverters, robots, servo drives and human-machine interface, helping to bring higher productivity and quality to the factory floor.