Volkswagen has launched a digital logistics platform to improve communication and cooperation between its car plants, suppliers and trucking companies. “Discovery,” as the platform is called, will improve communication efficiency and reduce the number of errors that show up when data are shared, the automaker said. “We are using the possibilities provided by digital change Read More..
Manufacturing automation has in recent years reached a high degree of maturity, butÂ production logistics has not kept pace. As a result, improvements in manufacturing efficiency havenâ€™t been as high as they could be. â€œItâ€™s becoming clear that thereâ€™s pent-up demand for the automation of production logistics,â€ said Thomas Stoeckel, founder and co-CEO of nextLAP, a Read More..
MAN is investing 8.5 million dlrs in a Silicon Valley start-up to improve cargo planning for trucking companies. The German truckmaker, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, said the move will give it an active role in shaping the digital transformation of the industry. It will also help it gain experience in digitized logistics Read More..
ZF has developed a bluetooth-enabled tagging system that will let logistics companies monitor the state ofÂ cargo that is being transported. The automotive supplierâ€™s â€œdeTAGtive logisticsâ€ software will enhance ZFâ€™s fleet management platform, which is marketed by its Openmatics division. The new software can document details of sensitive transports, using so-called deTAGtive tags, bluetooth-enabled battery-powered Read More..
The automotiveIT Group is hosting its annual automotiveIT Forum – Logistics and Production – during the Hanover Trade Fair on on April 27. The forum looks at how Industry 4.0 isÂ transforming car buildingÂ through the introduction of new systems, concepts, robotics, networking and other manufacturing technologies. The one-day conference, which has as its theme “Future Factory,” Read More..
Transportation and logistics companies are slow to implement big data and business intelligence tools, according to a study by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Only 19 pc of companies surveyed are using the technologies as part of their business processes. According to the study, 35 pc of companies haven’t yet taken a look at big data and business Read More..
The manufacturing industry, including the world’s automakers and suppliers, has been putting in a lot of effort to improve production processes through the introduction ofÂ new, connected, technologies. “Industry 4.0,” which involves the networking of machinery and processes, is on track in many companies. But logistics, arguably as important as the actual manufacturing of products, appears Read More..
PTV and Inrix plan to work together to provide modeling software to address mobility issues in smart cities. PTV, a Germany-based logistics software group, and Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information, said the cooperation will combine PTV’s analytics tools with the traffic data gathered by Inrix. In addition, the two companies will jointly market Read More..
Mercedes-Benz is moving ahead systematically with the modernization of its factories and that involves a consolidation of production and logistics systems. Those systems are the key to maintaining the flexibility today’s carmakers need to remain competitive. They are especially important to a builder of premium cars like Mercedes-Benz. The company’s production and logistics structures have Read More..
Audi said its new 34 million euro logistics center in Neckarsulm, Germany, can save up to 500 tons of CO2 a year. The premium carmaker, a member of the Volkswagen Group, said the new building is designed to conserve resources and is equipped with the latest environmental technology. Waste heat from utility supply buildings provides Read More..