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Schaeffler’s ‘garage of the future’ exhibit wows visitors at Automechanika


Date: 21-Sep-2018

Schaeffler impressed visitors at Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 by presenting a variety of innovative mixed and augmented reality exhibits, all designed to complement the show’s theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Service and Mobility’.
 
The original equipment manufacturer and supplier invited visitors to tour the ‘garage of the future’, a hands-on exhibit featuring technology that is very close to becoming a reality in the workshop. A team of REPXPERTs helped volunteers to carry out a timing chain replacement and a DMF installation, using mixed reality headsets displaying real-time instructions to the wearer, making each repair quicker and simpler to carry out. 
 
Also unveiled at the show was a brand new ‘glass car’ exhibit, where visitors could get up close and personal with over 40 Schaeffler products and technologies, using two giant movable screens displaying video content and technical information. Focus products included the e-clutch, iARC stablilisation system, thermal management module and electric axle.
 
The REPXPERTs were also kept busy at five workstations, all of which were fitted with tablets linked directly to the REPXPERT website. Visitors were given a virtual step-by-step tour of how to maximise the benefits available from the workshop portal and were also told about the latest updates on LuK transmission, INA engine and FAG safety-critical chassis systems.
 
As if that wasn’t enough, Mike ‘Rocky’ Rockenfeller’s Schaeffler-sponsored Audi Sport Team Phoenix RS5 DTM attracted lots of attention outside home in Hall 0, which proved to be the biggest selfie opportunity of the show.
 
Schaeffler Marketing Communications Manager, Jeff Earl, said: “The ‘garage of the future’ exhibit is truly amazing, and I am pleased to say that UK technicians will get a chance to find out how good it is for themselves on the Schaeffler stand at Automechanika Birmingham next June.”

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