Integrated Manufacturing

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The automotive landscape is evolving more rapidly than ever before. In addition to disruptive trends like electrification and autonomous driving, today’s customers expect a high level of personalization and connectivity. These changes have opened the market to innovative start-ups who have an abundance of technical expertise but little to no experience in mass production. In turn, experienced OEMs and suppliers find themselves under pressure to innovate and expand their portfolios. Launching the next generation of vehicles simultaneously with current production forces manufacturers to manage multiple processes while trying to protect the reliability and profitability of their operations. Integrated manufacturing is a revolutionary solution that provides start-ups, OEMs, and suppliers with the flexibility to plan, optimize, automate, and validate assembly processes in parallel with product development. Hosted on a digital backbone that runs through the entire eco-system, an integrated manufacturing solution promotes seamless collaboration from design through production, ensuring a predictable and successful new product launch.

The automotive landscape is evolving more rapidly than ever before. In addition to disruptive trends like electrification and autonomous driving, today’s customers expect a high level of personalization and connectivity. These changes have opened the market to innovative start-ups who have an abundance of technical expertise but little to no experience in mass production. In turn, experienced OEMs and suppliers find themselves under pressure to innovate and expand their portfolios. Launching the next generation of vehicles simultaneously with current production forces manufacturers to manage multiple processes while trying to protect the reliability and profitability of their operations. Integrated manufacturing is a revolutionary solution that provides start-ups, OEMs, and suppliers with the flexibility to plan, optimize, automate, and validate assembly processes in parallel with product development. Hosted on a digital backbone that runs through the entire eco-system, an integrated manufacturing solution promotes seamless collaboration from design through production, ensuring a predictable and successful new product launch.

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Accelerating the Launch Process

Launching a vehicle has always been a balancing act between quality assurance and ramping up to production volumes on schedule. With processes honed over 120 years, manufacturers are used to setting aggressive launch targets which their customers expect them to meet. The challenges manufacturers face today, however, have upset this balance by increasing production complexity, making their current processes obsolete, and driving launch or ramp-up delays. Automakers who continue to rely on traditional processes and legacy equipment in this evolving landscape risk making critical mistakes that cause quality issues and lengthen timelines. A digitalized manufacturing approach that integrates the product design and manufacturing design processes accelerates the launch timeline by preventing last-minute errors that are costly to fix.

Virtual Commissioning with an Integrated Manufacturing Solution

Instead of the traditional development sequence beginning with product engineering and followed by production design, an integrated manufacturing solution provides access to key engineering data promoting collaboration to eliminate failures before they occur. Carmakers and suppliers can virtually commission manufacturing assets before installing the physical assets to predict problems and collaborate with the design team for necessary adjustments. Smart manufacturing through digitalization also mitigates the risk of late design changes by providing a virtual environment for simulating and validating the changes before incorporating them. With a digitalized approach to product lifecycle management, the modular platform strategies recently adopted by automakers can be supported to expand their portfolios efficiently. OEMs, startups, and suppliers will increase flexibility, ramp up on time, achieve first-time quality, and launch successfully with Siemens integrated manufacturing solution.

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