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    News » Audi to hold second Smart Factory hackathon at Ingolstadt facility

    May 31st 2017 Audi’s production division will be holding its second Smart Factory hackathon at its Ingolstadt facility in October. The goal for the students and young professionals that participate is to work out practical solutions for future production processes during the 25-hour event. Specialised knowledge will include IT, mathematics, business administration and communication design. Participants in groups […]
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    News » Gartner rankings highlight trend towards digitalisation

    May 31st 2017 This year’s supply chain rankings from research and advisory firm Gartner have shown little change as far as the automotive sector is concerned but highlight digitalisation as one of the key trends accelerating companies’ capabilities.
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  • Industry 4.0

    News » BMW Brilliance puts technology first in China plant expansion

    May 24th 2017 New technology is at the centre of a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) expansion of BMW’s joint venture plant with Brilliance Automotive in Dadong, China. The expansion includes a networked production system based on industry 4.0 applications, as well as mobile smart devices and supporting ‘exoskeletons’ for workers. BMW Brilliance Automotive opened the north section expansion […]
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    Opinion » Making a success of collaboration

    May 18th 2017 The automotive industry is in the midst of massive change. From ride-sharing services, advances in mechanical innovation and autonomous vehicles, and shifts in fossil fuels and hybrid power, these disruptions are helping to fuel some amazing transformations. Winning in this environment requires the ability to collaborate, plan and execute with trading partners, and pull together […]
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  • Materials handling

    News » IFOY Awards announced at Transport Logistics

    May 10th 2017 The winners of the the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Awards were announced on the opening night of this year’s Transport Logistics trade show in Munich, Germany, this week at a special event held at BMW Welt, the carmaker’s customer centre. This year, 11 machines from seven manufacturers made it into the final […]
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  • Industry 4.0

    News » 4flow to help digitise AGCO’s supply chain in China

    May 9th 2017 Following a successful partnership in Europe, agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO is to team up again with supply chain software and services provider 4flow to digitise its supply chain in China. In October last year, the two companies became the 33rd winner of BVL’s German Award for Supply Chain Management for successfully digitising AGCO’s inbound supply […]
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  • Materials handling

    Intelligence » Materials handling: Machines on the move

    May 8th 2017 Advances in automated technology and robotics have already transformed many aspects of automotive manufacturing, with the sector taking a lead in plant technology and automation investment, from stamping equipment to precision welding robots. In the context of increasing digitalisation, manufacturers are looking to go much further, from integrating artificial intelligence to virtual reality and the […]
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  • Modular production

    Intelligence » The end of the line?

    May 3rd 2017 As the vehicle industry and market moves towards higher levels of electrification and connectivity, production experts anticipate a change from the traditional assembly line layout that has dominated the industry for nearly a century. Instead, OEMs are expected to increasingly orientate their plants and supply chains around more flexible, digitally connected ‘modular’ production cells. It […]
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  • Logistics IT and automation

    Intelligence » Looking for the human-machine touch

    May 3rd 2017 The automotiveIT Forum Production and Logistics highlighted the importance of workers in automation – even if it means a slower pace of digitilisation
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  • Track and trace

    News » Cloud-based system helps Suzuki GB move to real-time ETAs

    April 19th 2017 Sovereign Business Integration Group has signed a five-year deal with Suzuki in the UK to provide the company with its EML cloud-based logistics management system. The UK-based company’s EML system covers the end-to-end logistics chain and is specifically designed for finished vehicle logistics. As a result, Suzuki dealers in the UK will get improved transparency and […]
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