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VW Group CIO Martin Hofmann: “There is a will to change”

2019-01-20T14:15:00+00:00By Yannick Polchow, Hilmar Dunker

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Ford trials self-driving factory robot

2019-05-17T16:48:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford is trialling an autonomous robot to deliver parts at its assembly and stamping plant in Valencia, Spain, with a view to using the machine at other factories.

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Vehicle production: Stay connected, stay safe

2019-05-16T14:48:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Automotive production networks have become far more connected but also more exposed to problems with IT and OT network security and compatibility. Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains how manufacturers should be more aware and prepared


AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.

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AWS looks to fast movers in the auto industry

2019-04-02T16:43:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

AWS vice president Dirk Didascalou talks about could opportunities across the automotive supply chain.

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BMW, Microsoft launch manufacturing platform based on open standards

2019-04-02T15:13:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW and Microsoft launched a technology platform designed to improve manufacturing efficiency, break down traditional barriers between proprietary systems and foster increased cooperation with other industry partners.


Analysis: Why VW chose Amazon for its industrial cloud

2019-04-02T09:50:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen is partnering with Amazon Web Services for its manufacturing and supply chain cloud, after choosing Microsoft for mobility. Why does it need two clouds with different providers?

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VW selects Amazon to make production, logistics more efficient

2019-03-29T07:02:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen Group will rely on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to automate manufacturing and logistics processes across its network of 122 plants and more than 30,000 facilities that make up the group’s global supply chain.


Bosch to showcase 3d printing, other manufacturing technologies at Hannover Messe

2019-03-27T09:47:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Bosch will show a range of new technologies at the Hannover Messe that will demonstrate that the factory of the future is quickly becoming reality.


ZF to demonstrate smart logistics at Hannover Messe

2019-03-25T17:00:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

ZF Friedrichshafen plans to demonstrate its IoT platform to help create a “seamless supply chain” at the Hannover Messe, in a bid to show that data, connectivity and digital twins hold the key to manufacturing and logistics improvements.

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IT takes a front seat for innovation at Visteon

2019-03-19T22:09:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain.


From Fujitsu, a "quantum inspired" architecture for faster computing

2019-03-17T16:20:00+00:00By Werner Beutnagel

Fujitsu CTO for EMEA, Joseph Reger, thinks digital annealing will help companies imitate quantum computing speed across operations

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Diess: Volkswagen's new 10 year plan is 70 electric models by 2030, MEB platform open to third parties

2019-03-12T12:37:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess, told reporters at the company’s annual media conference in Wolfsburg that the group would expand its target of electric vehicles to 70, up from the 50 previously announced.


Access to accuracy

2019-03-01T23:06:00+00:00Sponsored by Perceptron

When it comes to measurement in manufacturing, accuracy is critical. Rick Van Valkenburg, responsible for global sales and marketing at Perceptron, discusses the importance of accuracy when developing robot-based measurement systems for the automotive industry


Bain report sees European leadership in Industry 4.0

2019-02-21T07:46:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Europe has managed to extend its leadership position in implementing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with the help of more pilot projects and higher investments, according to a new report.


OEMs face technology investment challenges for a changing supply chain landscape

2019-02-20T10:53:00+00:00By Jessica Twentyman

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?


How an intranet of things at BMW Group is driving digital production for its mixed drivetrain future

2019-02-07T10:05:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

Christian Patron is head of innovation, digitalisation, data analytics at BMW Group. Paul Fisher spoke to him about how BMW’s culture of innovation is pushing further into creating a more agile production process.


VW Group CIO Martin Hofmann: “There is a will to change”

2019-01-20T14:15:00+00:00By Yannick Polchow, Hilmar Dunker

A massive change in the Volkswagen Group’s IT system landscape is looming. In an interview late last year, Group CIO Martin Hofmann talks about the burden of VW’s technological legacy, cultural change within the company and the opportunities afforded by new technologies. 


The need for speed

2019-01-04T00:31:00+00:00Sponsored by GOM

Faster measurement times and precise data quality are the result of GOM’s new generation of 3D scanners

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Digital manufacturing: Volkswagen opens 3D printing center, BMW tools up for i4 production

2018-12-12T15:34:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi

Volkswagen has added a 3D printing center to its Toolmaking unit in Wolfsburg, to make complex vehicle components both for prototyping and then series production. It features new-generation HP-supplied printers with a fast, flexible binder jetting process; this supplements the selective laser melting (SLM) process used earlier, and is said ...

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Capgemini: We are a long way from the digital transformation of the auto industry

2018-12-04T10:57:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher spoke to Nick Gill about the trends and challenges facing the car industry and the findings in Capgemini’s new report, Global Digital Mastery Series: Automotive.

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