Cars and other motor vehicles are in many ways becoming more and more complex...
A myriad of new functions, gadgets, software applications and sensors are entering the hardware construction. In other ways, they’re becoming more streamlined – electrification eliminates the need for a clunky and heavy combustion engine. The automotive industry is often ahead of the rest when it comes to bringing new technology into the manufacturing and assembly processes. But the assembly of vehicle electronics can often be a completely different process, taking place in a completely different location than the final assembly of the car.
Man + machine (Collaborative robots / cobots)
This is an industry already experimenting vastly with implementations of robotics and automation. But sometimes vehicle electronics – for example applications in the cockpit area, media centre, antennas (GPS navigation), electric motors for windows, etc − prove too small for a full implementation of robotics. In other words, automation is possible to a certain extent, and operators need to collaborate with the factory robots to get the job done.. Regarding this topic, it is crucial to have the right partner to support you. There is also a well-established mindset of collecting data in the automotive industry, and consequently in vehicle electronics as well, considering it is part of the car industry. But the question is: what do you do with the data?
The industry 4.0 approach
This time is coming in a high speed and bringing the truly Industry 4.0-oriented approach that enables further improvements in efficiency, quality and accountability: