Schaeffler has acquired autinity systems, a specialist company in digital machine data recording and evaluation, in a move designed to give the German automotive supplier added expertise in digital manufacturing technologies. Schaeffler has identified digitalization as a major business opportunity. The company already is working on 30 digitalization projects and it expects to double this Read More..
Predictive maintenance is one of the best know applications that fall under the header ofÂ Industry 4.0, but nextLAP considers it only a first step toward a fully new approach to manufacturing. The startup, which has offices in Munich and in Silicon Valley, aims to predict the entire production process and manage it in real Read More..
Bosch and SAP plan to jointly develop cloud-based technologies to speed up manufacturing and logistics processes. The two German companies said they have formed a strategic partnership to develop new products for theÂ internet-of-things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. Bosch, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, and SAP, the world’s biggest business software group, are making Read More..
Former Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger will take charge of manufacturing atÂ electric-car maker Tesla. Hocholdinger, who has worked at Audi for 22 years, will be responsible for the production of Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model XÂ crossoverÂ and will play a key role in developing a scaleable, cost-efficient and high-quality manufacturing environment for the new Model 3. Read More..
Siemens said Chinaâ€™s Desay SV will adopt its product lifecycle management (PLM) software, as the automotive electronics supplier prepares to implement new manufacturing technologies. Desay Chairman Tan Choon Lim said in a press statement that the software â€œwill enable us to implement a unified solution for project management, 3D modeling, collaboration, quality and manufacturing.â€ Desay Read More..
Industrial companies in Germany expect Industry 4.0 to change their business models and most see the so-called “smart factory” as positive, according to a new study. A pollÂ by management consultants Staufen found that roughly a third of German companies are already adopting Industry 4.0 technologies either on a bigger scale or in individual projects. That’s Read More..
Industry 4.0 is the new buzzword and rightly so. The term attempts to capture the comprehensive change that is sweeping the global industrial landscape. It’s therefore no exaggeration to use “4.0” to define the fourth industrial revolution that is upon us. But dig a little deeper and get ready to be surprised. Industry 4.0 may Read More..
Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0” apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users Read More..
Failing IT governance is jeopardizing “Industry 4.0,” according to a new report from German IT management consultants Steria Mummert. The study cites uncontrolled growth of software in the area of manufacturing as production facilities are networked. As a result, the consultants say there isn’t enough IT governance to assure the compatibility of corporate data across Read More..
BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0” car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The testÂ is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to Read More..