With the invention of the ball grinding machine in 1883, Friedrich Fischer made it possible for the first time to grind hardened steel balls to absolute uniformity and roundness according to the principle of "centreless grinding" – and thus marked the beginning of the international success story of the rolling bearing.
Thanks to this invention of the "Kugelfischer", as it soon became known, the ball bearing set out from Schweinfurt on its triumphal procession around the world. From the small workshop of Friedrich Fischer, dealing in the repair of sewing machines and the bicycle trade, the company FAG Kugelfischer developed with huge dynamism and has been part of Schaeffler since 2001.
Since then, there is hardly a machine element in existence that has influenced technical development as much as the rolling bearing. It was the essential basis for the realisation of increasingly fast, precise and reliable machinery. Originally conceived for bicycles, the rolling bearing soon came to revolutionise the production of motorcycles, cars, aircraft and railways.