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    News » BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

    December 11th 2018 BMW Group is to expand its use of industry 4.0 innovations in its production logistics, it has revealed. In 2015, BMW Group joined forces with the Fraunhofer Institute IML to develop the first self-driving Smart Transport Robots (STR). Three years later, the carmaker is increasingly relying on innovations from industry 4.0 in its production logistics, including […]
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  • Packaging automation

    News » Hyundai Glovis deploys robots in South Korea

    November 23rd 2018 Hyundai Kia’s logistics division, Hyundai Glovis, has automated the packaging of semi-knockdown components at its logistics centres in Asan and Ulsan, South Korea. The move is the first step in a wider company initiative to increase productivity through the introduction of smart logistics. Machines are being used both to package the parts and construct the […]
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  • Manufacturing technology

    News » BMW produces its millionth 3D-printed part

    November 13th 2018 BMW has produced its millionth 3D-printed part since starting to use the manufacturing technology, also known as additive manufacturing, a decade ago. It is one of 200,000 parts the OEM will 3D-print this year – a 42% increase on the number produced last year.  While the number is low compared to the 30m parts the […]
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  • Digitalisation

    News » Technology to prove key to evolution of supply chains

    November 13th 2018 The automotive industry is being reshaped by the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles but will only stay ahead of the curve in an age of greater supply chain complexity by adopting wider digitalisation as part of its routine operations, delegates at the JDA conference in Barcelona were told last week. “The automotive industry has […]
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  • In-plant logistics

    News » ZF trials drone deliveries at Friedrichshafen

    November 13th 2018 Component manufacturer ZF has started testing the use of a drone to distribute parts at its main plant in Friedrichshafen, south-west Germany. The prototype is being used to transport spare parts such as sensors and control cards from the plant’s central warehouse to various workshops, with the aim of proving that such flights are both […]
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  • Technology developments

    News » Škoda tests out drone for stocktaking

    October 30th 2018 Czech carmaker Škoda is trialling an autonomous drone to identify and count containers outside its factory in Mladá Boleslav. The goal is for drone-assisted stocktaking to become a regular feature of operations in the medium term. “We are continuously working on improving the efficiency of our everyday production processes and making work easier for our employees,” said […]
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  • OEM focus

    Intelligence » Energising the synergising

    October 26th 2018 Renault and Nissan began their wide-ranging alliance and set up cross-shareholdings in each other back in 1999, and since then Daimler, Avtovaz and most recently Mitsubishi have also become part of this evolving structure. Numerous shared vehicle platforms, manufacturing and logistics operations and back-office functions have been developed. Furthermore, impressive results have been claimed – […]
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  • Supply chain autonomy

    Intelligence » Q&A: Srini Muthusrinivasan

    October 26th 2018 What is meant by this term ‘the autonomous supply chain’? The word autonomous has got very prevalent today in the industry. [To understand] the idea of the autonomous supply chain, you’ve got to go back to the history of how we went all the way from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution today. We […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » VW starts making Seat Tarraco at Wolfsburg

    October 24th 2018 Spanish carmaker Seat, part of the VW Group, has begun producing its Tarraco SUV on assembly lines at VW’s Wolfsburg factory – the first time in 20 years a non-VW vehicle has been built at the plant in northern Germany. Designed and developed in Barcelona, the Tarraco is built on the MQB platform and will […]
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  • Material handling

    News » Škoda deploys autonomous robots at Kvasiny

    October 23rd 2018 Škoda Auto is deploying autonomous robots at its small parts warehouse at Kvasiny in the Czech Republic to work alongside its employees and make parts sorting and delivery more efficient. The use of the robots is part of the carmaker’s efforts to digitalise production processes under its 2025 Strategy, which embraces industry 4.0 technology. “In […]
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