Rapid Factory Evolution

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As the complexity multiplies in automotive manufacturing, OEMs and suppliers find that their current production facilities are not efficient or flexible enough to deliver the next generation of vehicles successfully. Faced with frequent line disruptions, cost overruns, and launch delays, industry-leading manufacturers and suppliers are turning to digitalization and advanced automation to transform their factories into intelligent production environments. However, the cost of brand-new equipment can be prohibitory for many manufacturers. With Siemens Digital Industries smart manufacturing solution, automakers and suppliers can modernize existing capital, processes, and resources to add flexibility, standardization, and cybersecurity to current production capabilities.

As the complexity multiplies in automotive manufacturing, OEMs and suppliers find that their current production facilities are not efficient or flexible enough to deliver the next generation of vehicles successfully. Faced with frequent line disruptions, cost overruns, and launch delays, industry-leading manufacturers and suppliers are turning to digitalization and advanced automation to transform their factories into intelligent production environments. However, the cost of brand-new equipment can be prohibitory for many manufacturers. With Siemens Digital Industries smart manufacturing solution, automakers and suppliers can modernize existing capital, processes, and resources to add flexibility, standardization, and cybersecurity to current production capabilities.

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Factory Evolution Builds a Foundation of the Future

Since the beginning, the complexity of automotive manufacturing has been a driving force for innovation. Thousands of parts must be designed and produced within extremely tight tolerances if they are going to fit and function together as they roll off the OEM assembly line. In today’s industry, consumers are demanding greater personalization and connectivity as resources are growing scarce, forcing manufacturers to accomplish more with less: more innovation in less time, more work with fewer people, and more power with fewer emissions. Manufacturers can turn these challenges into advantages with a smart manufacturing solution that begins with factory evolution. By updating legacy equipment with smart sensors and software, data can be collected and analyzed for trends and prescriptive, actionable insights. Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and the industrial internet of things (IoT) can be used to connect work cells, the assembly lines, and the entire factory with self-organizing “live twins” to optimize production processes and resolve issues in real-time. Manufacturers who modernize their factories today also build the foundation for tomorrow’s technological advancements.

The Elements of a Smart Factory

The latest industrial revolution has introduced a flurry of new technologies to help manufacturers keep up with today’s rapidly changing industry. Unlike the traditional disconnected production processes, smart manufacturing combines sensors, AI, the industrial IoT, and advanced automation to generate, process, and analyze data for prescriptive and predictive insights. With intelligent integration, new vehicles launch flawlessly while current models continue to be produced. Advanced robotics simulation allows assembly lines to be designed and duplicated quickly to transfer or increase production capacity as needed. A manufacturing execution system (MES) provides seamless communication between people, equipment, and processes to produce the right parts at the right time. And, above all, a closed-loop quality system addresses quality issues in real-time to eliminate rework and minimize downtime. With Siemens’ scalable and open smart manufacturing solution, manufacturers can customize each factory evolution to their needs to provide a rapid and cost-conscious competitive edge.

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