Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman It’s a challenge Read More..
SEAT is the first car manufacturer to join Alastria, a multi-sector network of over 70 Spanish businesses and institutions developing, testing and collaborating on a blockchain infrastructure. It is already working on a proof-of-concept blockchain project with Telefónica to improve the traceability of parts within the supply chain for its Martorell factory [pictured], as part Read More..
Daimler officially laid the foundation stone this week for what it called “the most modern” car production facility in the world. The premium car group said its “Factory 56” plant in Sindelfingen, outside Stuttgart, will mark a new way of building cars. “It is consistently digital and flexible – and it brings the term ‘green Read More..
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..