Smart Factory and Industry 4.0

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Smart Factory and Industry 4.0


Rising EV production boosts demand for more advanced automation

2023-09-07T16:16:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

Advanced automation could be the key to challenges in battery production, according to ABB.

“We present a close-to-production insight into the upcoming family of vehicles that stands at the gateway to the brand.”

How Mercedes-Benz's Concept CLA Class showcases its ‘digital first’ production model

2023-09-05T16:02:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The carmaker is strengthening its digital first production model with upgrades and enhancements throughout.

Continental plans to harness this data to further improve production processes as well as predict maintenance requirements to reduce downtime for production robots and production lines.

Continental digitises European automotive manufacturing plant with a private 5G Network

2023-08-30T12:59:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The private 5G network is powered by T-Mobile in Czechia. With plans to integrate over 1,000 devices and sensors within the plant’s expansive 5,000 square metres, the company’s smart network promises to create an interconnected ecosystem that enables seamless communication between employees, machinery and devices such as sensors, production robots and autonomous transport vehicles.

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Register: The advance of automation: what next-gen vehicles and batteries mean for robotics


OEMs are transforming, transitioning to electric and connected models, but also the manufacturing operations to build these new vehicles. This creates challenges in integrating new vehicle architectures and boosts demand for more advanced automation.

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Ready for the next generation in Spartanburg

2023-08-15T07:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As BMW prepares to build EVs and batteries in Spartanburg, it has expanded training programmes, with emphasis on safety, change management and youth outreach.

Automatica 2023 provides key insights into the latest developments in automotive manufacturing

Automatica 2023: Revealing key trends shaping the automotive manufacturing industry

2023-08-03T11:34:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The Automatica exhibition 2023 focused on smart automation and robotics. AMS speaks to leading experts who were there on the main takeaways from the show.

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On advanced robotics, skills and training: “Machines can’t do everything”

2023-07-31T21:23:00+01:00By Götz Fuchslocher

Carolin Platz from the Auto-Motive Academy and Jörg Reger from ABB discuss transformation in automation, digitalisation and employee qualifications in producing next-gen vehicles.

Edge Cloud 4 Production uses local servers that act as data processing center and eliminates the need for expensive, high-maintenance industrial PCs.

Audi’s ‘Edge Cloud 4 Production’ ecosystem launches into serial production

2023-07-17T16:59:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

EC4P is an IT-based production system that leverages Edge and Cloud technology to digitise the automotive production landscape and is the first of its kind to go into serial production.

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Mercedes-Benz to implement ChatGPT across its MO360 digital production system

2023-07-11T15:52:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Mercedes-Benz integrates ChatGPT into its ‘MO360’ digital production system

Audi uses AI in its quality control checks

Audi uses AI for quality control of spot welds

2023-06-30T15:35:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

The carmaker is officially using the technology after successful trials.

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Automation – boosting efficiency, flexibility and sustainability

2023-06-27T15:08:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Developments in hardware and increasingly sophisticated software and data management have created more opportunities for automated production systems. Automation expert Jörg Reger, managing director of ABB Robotics’ automotive OEM business line, discusses the challenges and opportunities created by the transition to electric vehicles.

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AMS Summer 2023 – JLR goes electric

2023-06-23T16:33:00+01:00By AMS

In our AMS Summer digital edition, we have features on JLR’s plans to transform its end-to-end industrial system, ready for new electric models, Seat’s technical upgrades to production operations and upskilling the workforce, and insights into developments at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, and more.

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A culture of quick decisions for Mercedes-Benz production

2023-06-22T02:02:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel

Mercedes-Benz production chief Jörg Burzer explains how it has reorganised its production for EVs, while speeding up the rollout of digital tools. 


Manufacturing in the metaverse

2023-06-20T09:54:00+01:00By Mike Farish

BMW has designed its latest production plant at Debrecen in Hungary entirely using digital tools, virtually simulating every detail, including production processes, robot cells and workstations

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Forming innovations – press shops get smarter

2023-06-15T09:17:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Digital tools are playing a major part in innovating press shop operations with data gathering and AI increasing the visibility and efficiency of the forming process

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Neckarsulm – Audi’s plant prepares for more electric vehicles

2023-06-08T17:35:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Audi’s Neckarsulm plant manager Fred Schulze discusses sustainability and digitalisation


Case Study: Daimler Relies Upon HiveMQ During Automotive Manufacturing

2023-06-05T00:43:00+01:00By HiveMQ, sponsor partner

Learn how and why Daimler uses HiveMQ to manage information flow between vehicle diagnostics system test devices on the factory floor and server-side enterprise IT systems

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EMO Hannover to address challenges of digitising automotive manufacturing

2023-05-30T13:55:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

Ahead of EMO Hannover in September, AMS looks at what insights the OEMs and tier-1 suppliers in attendance can expect to find, including the challenges of digitising automotive manufacturing.

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A friend of flexible lines – upgrading JLR production for EVs and more

2023-05-24T17:56:00+01:00By Nick Holt, Christopher Ludwig

Barbara Bergmeier is driving digitalisation, sustainability and resilience across operations, and wants to ramp up EV manufacturing whilst staying flexible


Watch: Structural change – Developing vehicle architectures optimised for EV manufacturing


Hear expert insights into the development and production of high volume electric vehicle architectures, and how these are driving innovation in manufacturing processes and efficiencies, featuring Gestamp’s North America R&D director Paul Belanger and ArcelorMittal head of automotive steel solutions Jérôme Favero.

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