MUNICH — Three German companies this week unveiled a concept for a new approach to car production and industrial manufacturing as a whole. Robot maker Kuka, consultants MHP and reinsurer Munich Re said their SmartFactory as a Service would offer automakers and other manufacturers a fully functioning production line with integrated risk management and an Read More..
Every day, Andreas Friedrich, manager of the Mercedes-Benz TecFactory, deals with systems that seem straight out of science fiction. The facility he runs is embedded in the Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. There, Friedrich and his team spend their days looking at ways to make Daimler plants worldwide more efficient and smarter. In an interview, the Read More..
Ubimax, developer of wearables and augmented reality (AR) products, has announced a strategic co-operation with DAQRI, maker of AR glasses. DAQRI, based in Los Angeles and Dublin, is to provide its AR hardware for Ubimax Frontline, an AR software stack. A successful proof of concept trial has been carried out at a Daimler facility in Read More..
General Motors has described how it is using generative design software from Autodesk in its next-generation lightweighting programme, and how this is helping the development of more efficient alternative-propulsion and zero-emission vehicles. Using cloud computing and AI-based algorithms, multiple permutations of a component can be explored and geometric design options generated, based on selected parameters Read More..
One of the world’s biggest industry fairs, the Hannover Messe, opens its doors April 23 in Hanover, Germany
French carmaker PSA Group plans to sell its remaining 25 pc stake in Gefco, its former logistics subsidiary. The carmaker said in a statement that “Gefco’s operational performance and the diversification of its client portfolio no longer [make] it necessary for [PSA Group] to have a minority stake in the capital.” Once its exclusive owner, PSA Read More..
BERLIN — IT has become an integral part of the automotive production process, Markus Schaefer, head of production and logistics at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said Thursday. “Today, IT, electrical and electronics and IT are one,” Schaefer told the automotiveIT Congress here. “IT is part of the planning, the development processes and production; there are no more Read More..
Together with German plant engineering specialist Duerr, BMW is building a fully connected paint shop at its plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. The facility meets all the Industry 4.0 requirements for an integrated smart factory, Duerr said. In the first stage, the paint shop will have a capacity of 30 vehicles an hour, Read More..
ZF Friedrichshafen unveiled a new software that flexibly monitors internal and external logistics processes. The product, which is called Asset Tracking, is part of the German automotive supplier’s Openmatics connectivity platform. Asset Tracking allows car manufacturers, fleet operators and logistics companies to monitor connected vehicles or freight that is being transported. ZF, which showed the Read More..
Porsche is not content to just continue its success as a profitable maker of premium sports cars. It wants to be an early adopter when it comes to new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality. At a press briefing last month, the carmaker, part of the Volkswagen Group, showed a Read More..