Assembly line workers at Ford’s production facility in Valencia, Spain, are testing bodysuits incorporating tracking technology, with a view to improving workstation ergonomics. The technology, often used by sports stars to analyse their games (or for replication of their style in video games) records how a person moves, especially their head, neck, shoulder and limb Read More..
Few companies have realized the full potential of digitization of manufacturing at a large scale, a survey by the McKinsey & Company management consultancy has found. Its fourth annual Digital Manufacturing Global Expert study claims that while 92% of the respondents from firms around the world felt that their company was at the forefront of Read More..
Most industrial companies believe in a major role for predictive maintenance, but very few have already commissioned projects, according to a new study by BearingPoint. The consultants found that 84 pc of companies had researched predictive maintenance, but only one in four had actually started implementing it. According to the survey, 76 pc of executives Read More..
Audi said the control center at its newly opened plantÂ in Mexico, known as P-Control, lets the premium car brand make further improvements to its manufacturing processes. “The centralized P-control station is the most advanced in the Audi production network,” Audi manufacturing boss Hubert Waltl said at the inauguration of the factory last week. The control Read More..
Industry 4.0 holds out the promise of smarter manufacturing, but with increased connectivity between plants and machinery, the risk of cyber attacks rises. Thatâ€™s a major problem for companies trying to transform their manufacturing operations to take advantage of the new technologies. Germanyâ€™s Deutsche Telekom polled IT and business decision makers about Industry 4.0 and Read More..
Opel said General Motors veteran Phil Kienle will succeed Peter Thom as head of manufacturing at the German GM brand March 1. Kienle currently serves as head of manufacturing for GM International and GM China. Thom, the current Opel production head, will become quality vice president at GM in North America. Kienle has worked for Read More..
BMW is on track with efforts to lower the amount of energy it needs to build cars, with energy consumption per vehicle dropping 31 percent between 2006 and 2013. By 2020, the Munich-based premium carmaker wants energy expended per vehicle to be down 45 percent from 2006 levels. One significant pillar of theÂ strategy is the 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..
DETROIT – Itâ€˜s too early for specifics, but Chryslerâ€˜s use of 3d modeling for its powertrain manufacturing is likely to be used in Fait plant as well. For the past two years, the US-based carmaker, which is majorityowned by Italyâ€˜s Fiat, has been deploying 3d manufacturing software to improve and speed up its engine manufacturing Read More..
Chrysler is using new 3D technology to plan for the launch of two new transmissions at its Kokomo, Indiana, factory. The US carmaker, which is majority-owned by Italy’s Fiat, said it is using a three-dimensional modeling system specifically designed for powertrain manufacturing. The approach will help save money and improve the production process of Chrysler’s Read More..