The auto industry has seemingly suffered two major body blows in the last 10 days. The shock arrest of Carlos Ghosn in Japan and GM’s announcement of plant closures in North America give succour to those who believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the car industry. By Paul Fisher The doomsday scenario is that incumbent OEMs and Tier suppliers will be Read More..
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..
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..
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..
New IT systems are beginning to compete with the Toyota manufacturing system, which has been a template for efficient production in the auto industry for many years. Sophisticated production software, which analyzes a plant’s production data on a continuous basis, can sharply boost efficiency. At a recent information day on the Audi premises in Ingolstadt, Read More..