Volkswagen has added a 3D printing center to its Toolmaking unit in Wolfsburg, to make complex vehicle components both for prototyping and then series production. It features new-generation HP-supplied printers with a fast, flexible binder jetting process; this supplements the selective laser melting (SLM) process used earlier, and is said to make metallic 3D printing Read More..
Hyundai Glovis deploys robots at Asan and Ulsan as Korean giant takes first step towards smart logistics, machines will construct packaging and place parts
Hyundai Kia’s logistics division, Hyundai Glovis, has automated the packaging of semi-knockdown components at its logistics centres in Asan and Ulsan, South Korea. The move is the first step in a wider company initiative to increase productivity through the introduction of smart logistics. By Marcus Williams Machines are being used both to package the parts Read More..
Škoda is testing the use of autonomous drones for stocktaking at its factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czechia. The drone is detecting, identifying and counting empty containers outside the factory from above, three times a day, and the data it collects is transferred to Škoda’s logistics department for processing. The drone, under testing since May 2018, Read More..
New BMW 3 Series cockpit production pre-planned with VR tools, company claims digital tools ushers in new era of collaboration between different production stakeholders
The Munich auto giant claims a company first in bringing building, systems, logistics and assembly planners as well as production employees together to assess new production areas in virtual reality, and test new procedures using 3D glasses. The cockpit pre-assembly workstations for the new 3 Series sedan were the first to benefit from this new Read More..
ZF Friedrichshafen has started experimenting with a drone prototype to quickly transport spare parts at its plant in southern Germany. Once test flights are completed, drones will help relieve vehicle traffic at the plant and move parts such as sensors or control cards from a central warehouse to workshops faster than before, the automotive supplier Read More..
Global steel firm SSAB, a major supplier of steel to the automotive industry, and Kemppi, a digital welding technology specialist, have integrated their cloud-based SmartSteel and WeldEye systems for a streamlined tracking process to speed up welding. Following a successful pilot trial, SSAB clients already using the Kemppi WeldEye software can now get automatic material Read More..
BASF Coatings is launching Auroom, a digital platform for automotive designers to map paint colours onto their models and visualize their appearance and effects. This is said to give a realistic impression of colour proposals at an early stage of the design process, including the effects of sparkling and lightness or colour ‘flop’, giving designers Read More..
With rapid advances in vehicle technology, the challenge for the automotive logistics industry is to keep up. Victoria Johns reports from Ultima Media’s recent Automotive Logistics UK conference. From the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and artificial intelligence (AI) to new mobility models, the automotive industry is simultaneously undergoing a global technological transformation and its Read More..
Daimler forging its future in Factory 56 with emphasis on agile manufacture of mobility and EV solutions
New car manufacturing facilities will need to be highly flexible as the trends of vehicle electrification and autonomous driving continue to evolve. ‘Factory 56 will define a new way of building cars for Daimler Company claims it will be consistently digital and flexible Foundation stone for the “Werk 56” production hall laid at building site Read More..
Audi is testing software using artificial intelligence to recognise and identify tiny cracks in sheet metal. The deep learning system, deployed in the press shop at Ingolstadt, is said to detect the finest cracks in door panels, hoods, fenders and other sheet metal components in an automated inspection process. A database has been built up Read More..