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Schaeffler engineering student Alexander Pabst receives the Best Paper Award 2012

Best Paper Award for Young Engineers presented at the VDI Congress in Friedrichshafen

(PresseBox) (Herzogenaurach / Friedrichshafen / Bühl, ) Alexander Pabst, an engineering student at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, received the 2012 Best Paper Award for Young Engineers during the 12th international VDI congress "Drivetrain for Vehicles". His outstanding presentation entitled "Increasing the Performance of Planetary Bearings for Modern Automatic Transmissions" not only delighted the audience but also won over the committee from the VDI (Association of German Engineers).

The young engineer received the award, which is held in high regard by experts and carries a cash prize of 1,000 euros, for the best performance and for the high quality of the content of the manuscript he submitted. Pabst's presentation addressed the topic of sustainable and modern automatic transmission concepts - with particular focus on increasing the performance of planetary bearings in terms of cage strength, resistance to wear, and efficiency - in the context of current market and development trends. Results that significantly allowed the cage strength to be verified under centrifugal force load were validated by carrying out centrifugal force and load tests on planetary gear sets, for example. The optimized cages also made it possible to reduce wear and friction by up to 30 percent compared to standard designs.

"We are naturally delighted that Alexander Pabst has received this prestigious award. These new findings mean that completely new strategies can be implemented in the field of automatic transmissions. At the same time, this award highlights the enormous importance of the targeted trainee programs that are so deeply rooted in Schaeffler's genes", explains Frank Schönstein, Head of Application Engineering at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG.

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Schaeffler with its product brands INA, LuK and FAG is a leading provider of rolling bearing and plain bearing solutions and of linear and direct drive technology, as well as a renowned supplier to the automotive industry of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions, and chassis applications. The globally active group of companies generated sales of approximately 10.7 billion euros in 2011. With approximately 74,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the largest German and European industrial companies in family ownership. With 180 locations in over 50 countries, Schaeffler has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, sales companies, engineering offices, and training centers.