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Schaeffler and Southwest Jiaotong University collaborate on research on future rail vehicles

Schaeffler signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) to establish a joint research laboratory. The research institution is located in the National Key Laboratory for Traction Drives and will be dedicated to the research and development of axlebox bearings for rail vehicles.

The National Key Laboratory for Traction Drives is the most important research center at SWJTU, which pursues innovation research in the area of high-speed and heavy freight train technology.

The joint research project between Schaeffler and Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) was sealed as part of the celebrations marking the 120th anniversary of the founding of the university.

As a session of the “Pioneering Technologies for Rail Transport” forum, Schaeffler held a roundtable discussion with presentations by speakers from the Schaeffler Group, Southwest Jiaotong University, and Chinese rail transport experts, followed by technical discussions.

Schaeffler Chief Digital Officer Gerhard Baum presented on the development of digitalization at Schaeffler and applications of big data technologies in the railway sector, such as systems for the predictive maintenance of axlebox bearings.

Dr. Michael Holzapfel introduced Schaeffler’s comprehensive solutions for rail transport and offered insights into future innovations. More than 30 experts from Chinese rail vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and research institutions took part in the forum.

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