All Systems articles

  • Volkswagen ID.3 production Zwickhau
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    Volkswagen enhances plant productivity

    2019-09-26T11:15:00Z

    Germany - Volkswagen is implementing a number of various strategies to enhance its global production network by 30%

  • VinFast Hai Phong plant
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    VinFast deploys Siemens tech in new plant

    2019-09-16T11:07:00Z

    Vietnam - VinFast is using a suite of Siemens software at its new plant in Hai Phong

  • BMW engine assembly training
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    Quick learners

    2019-08-22T16:00:00Z

    From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

  • Camera inspection at VW Emden
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    Digitalised energy saving

    2019-08-22T14:29:00Z

    Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

  • P90361937_highRes_an-augmented-reality
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    BMW Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant

    2019-08-22T11:22:00Z

    BMW provides a glimpse inside its Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant, which is located in Munich, Germany

  • BMW Brilliance 5G network
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    5G networking spreads in car production

    2019-07-30T11:52:00Z

    Certain companies have started leveraging 5G in their car manufacturing facilities in China with the hope of drastically increasing efficiency. Michael Nash provides an insight

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    Parts sorting and storage system

    2019-03-22T14:30:00Z

    Said to have been developed to meet the needs of the automotive industry, Daifuku’s SPDR temporary storage and sortation systems for spare parts features an automated robotic arm, which automatically lowers and raises to grasp a range of tote sizes, and it’s claimed is suitable for kitting operations. Daifuku says ...

  • MAHLE_Motorenpruefstand_Assembly-WEB
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    New piston developments

    2019-03-21T14:30:00Z

    MAHLE says it is developing a new generation of piston coatings that are intended to guide and reduce the heat entering the pistons. The company claims this initially reduces the demand for piston cooling, and the increased exhaust gas temperature allows a higher quantity of energy to be extracted by ...

  • Mahle-ShiftingRoller-WEB
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    Variable valve timing system

    2019-03-18T16:54:00Z

    Variable valve timing that is adapted to the different engine operating conditions can be achieved with its Shifting Roller system, claims Mahle. It features an adjustable cam follower, that can be brought into contact with one of the two cam lobes, which have different profiles, says the company. Depending on ...

  • INTERTRONICS-liquid-gasket-application-WEB
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    Sealant dispensing system

    2019-03-13T17:44:00Z

    The preeflow eco-DUO600 is a volumetric metering, mixing and dispensing unit which uses a progressive cavity pump principle to deliver precise amounts of the mixed sealant, says Intertronics. The company claims these systems provide precision control of the material output (which can be dynamically changed). This means that the FIP ...

  • Nextsense
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    Assembly line automation

    2019-03-13T17:40:00Z

    Nextsense says its Calipri systems can be used to monitor the process of car assembly from body-in-white to end-of-line final assembly. The company claims its fully automatic C12 cobot systems allows human workers and robots to work side by side in a continuous production line – without separation, mechanical barriers ...

  • On a twinning streak
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    On a twinning streak

    2019-03-04T12:29:00Z

    Creating a digital twin of manufacturing operations can deliver development and efficiency benefits. Mike Farish reports 

  • BMW-adhesive-on-windows
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    Augmented assistance

    2019-03-04T11:36:00Z

    Visit any car manufacturing plant in the world and the vast majority of production equipment will be similar, if not the same – that’s the view of Cem Temel, head of Ford’s Gölcük and Yeniköy plants in Turkey and assistant general manager for new projects at Ford Otosan. “The ...

  • Fraunhofer IPA Smart System Optimization tool
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    Identifying errors in manufacturing systems

    2019-02-02T10:00:00Z

    Smart System Optimisation

  • BASF Elastoflex Thinlight
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    New foam for instrument panels

    2019-02-01T15:00:02Z

    A new series of systems in its Elastoflex E product group now allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the material characteristics, claims BASF. Up to 30% of the foam weight is saved, says the company, depending on the component geometry. This Thin-Light system ...

  • Groupe PSA Tremery engine production
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    PSA juggles engines and motors

    2019-01-23T12:01:00Z

    Engine manufacturing facilities around the world are changing. Pressure from governments and changes to legislation are pushing carmakers to develop new internal combustion engines (ICEs), the production of which often requires new assembly lines and equipment. More of these facilities are also starting ...

  • SICK vision-guided part localisation systems
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    Vision-guided part localisation systems

    2019-01-17T15:00:06Z

    The PLOC2D and PLB 520 are 2D and 3D vision-guided part localisation systems from SICK. The company says these are designed for the set-up of robot picking from a belt, bin or stillage, and are suitable for both cobots and conventional industrial robots. The PLOC2D vision system provides 2D localisation ...

  • SKF lubrication monitor
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    Remote monitor for automatic lubrication systems

    2019-01-17T08:30:56Z

    SKF says its LRM2 lubrication remote monitor is compatible with oil or grease and designed for use with lubrication systems that cannot undergo daily checks due to the nature or position of the application. The company says this system can be used on single-line, dual-line and progressive lubrication systems and ...

  • Ford Bridgend - all-new 1.5L 3Cylinder engine line
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    Conducting smart energy

    2019-01-11T12:41:00Z

    Energy management has been an important aspect of vehicle production for decades, but innovative new solutions that can be linked are proving extremely effective Road transport is estimated to account for around 17% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Figures from the European Commission suggest that passenger car and ...

  • IAC-Halewood-AGV-cockpit-assembly-line
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    Dashboard meeting

    2019-01-11T10:43:00Z

    Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process Specialists in interior components, IAC operates in all automotive manufacturing markets around the globe. But it was its production lines at ...