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OEMs keen to explore renewable power sources

2020-01-16T15:30:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Vehicle manufacturers are keen to explore energy supplies from renewable sources as they look to reduce and offset emissions from their large-scale production operations

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Digital tools connect plants to low energy operations

2020-01-15T11:53:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Big opportunities to reduce energy consumption in car manufacturing facilities are waiting to be explored. AMS looks at carmakers taking the path to becoming more eco-friendly

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Switched on to the data age

2020-01-07T10:16:00+00:00By Siemens, sponsor partner

Siemens explains why new smart automotive factories are presenting huge opportunity to electronics component suppliers

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At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.

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A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, we explain the evolving shape of the organisation.

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Design by data

2019-10-02T13:47:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Mike Farish looks at two examples of how increasingly sophisticated data management is transforming manufacturing outcomes

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Volkswagen enhances plant productivity

2019-09-26T11:15:00+01:00By AMS

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

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VinFast deploys Siemens tech in new plant

2019-09-16T11:07:00+01:00By AMS

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

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Quick learners

2019-08-22T16:00:00+01:00By Gareth Price

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

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Digitalised energy saving

2019-08-22T14:29:00+01:00By Michael Nash

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

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BMW Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant

2019-08-22T11:22:00+01:00By AMS

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

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5G networking spreads in car production

2019-07-30T11:52:00+01:00By Michael Nash

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

2019-03-22T14:30:00+00:00By AMS

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 ...

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New piston developments

2019-03-21T14:30:00+00:00By AMS

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 ...

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Variable valve timing system

2019-03-18T16:54:00+00:00By AMS

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 ...

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Sealant dispensing system

2019-03-13T17:44:00+00:00By AMS

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 ...

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Assembly line automation

2019-03-13T17:40:00+00:00By AMS

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

On a twinning streak

2019-03-04T12:29:00+00:00By Mike Farish

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