OEMs are transforming not only their respective vehicle types, transitioning to electric and connected models, but also the manufacturing operations to build these new vehicles. This creates challenges in integrating new vehicle architectures, powertrains and electronics into existing manufacturing facilities, boosting demand for more advanced automation.
As vehicle makers develop their own battery pack and enclosures production, they are adding new equipment, systems and manufacturing processes to already complex production networks and supply chains. With rising costs for materials, challenges in recruiting workers, and significant investment in the electrification of vehicle line-ups, OEMs and tier suppliers are more focused than ever on optimising production operations and focusing their workforce on value-added, safe activities.
Advanced automation is a key part of the solution to many of the above-mentioned challenges, from ensuring cleanliness across battery production, ensuring safe and secure movements of parts, carrying out software diagnostics and carrying quality checks. application of machine learning and artificial intelligence increasing across the manufacturing process, there are new opportunities to support plant leaders and workers in making the best possible decisions.
Join the conversation with our expert panel who will share insights into advanced automation and robotics in automotive manufacturing, covering topics including:
- What battery cell and battery pack production means for automation in automotive operations
- Challenges in producing battery enclosures and integrating battery packs into vehicle bodies
- The role of new software/AI applications in advancing automation in manufacturing operations
- Automating quality control processes for high-volume production
- The changing skills and training challenges for automotive workforces in managing more sophisticated automated systems
Global Digital Lead Business Line Automotive
Václav Švub is responsible for ABB digital solutions and Innovations in Automotive Tier 1 segment. He is focusing on digital strategy, developing of new solutions and supporting the digital transformation of ABB customers. Václav is also in close collaboration with global digital ABB partners and working with them on joint innovative solutions. Václav started his journey with ABB in 2006 as a developer in ERP area. He was heading from 2011 ERP competence center for Central and Eastern Europe before he become responsible for digital portfolio in 2019. Václav has a master diploma in Telecommunications from Brno University of Technology Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication.
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Ultima Media
With over 20 years’ experience covering the automotive industry, Nick is responsible for editorial across Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. He has gained wide experience in automotive production operations, visiting OEM and tier supplier factories in Europe, India, China and the US.
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