Inplant logistics

  • EV tooling VW
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    Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

    2019-09-23T06:00:00Z

    Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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    DB Schenker explores use of exoskeletons for logistics

    2019-08-21T12:33:00Z

    The company has been trialling the exoskeletons – structures worn on the body to electro-mechanically assist movement – at several logistics locations in Germany to help warehouse personnel during physically demanding tasks.

  • Digital supply chain
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    Data and the digitisation of the supply chain

    2019-07-16T15:17:00Z

    The automotive industry is being transformed by new vehicle technology, but operational processes are also undergoing profound changes driven by unprecedented levels of data

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    Wood you believe it? Materials handling with a difference

    2019-07-16T13:55:00Z

    A new company based in Chemnitz is seeking to overturn conventional wisdom when it comes to material handling equipment – by using wood as a construction material 

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    Logistics 4.0: How smart technologies are lifting logistics to another level

    2019-07-04T11:12:00Z

    After a period of exploration, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers are getting serious about making their operations smarter and more connected – Logistics 4.0 is here

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    Delivering a smarter factory

    2019-05-14T14:23:00Z

    Magna Steyr’s vehicle assembly plant in the Austrian city of Graz is not a typical automotive factory; the site, which in 2018 brought its cumulative total production tally to 3.5m vehicles, produces vehicles under contract for OEMs such as Daimler, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. Efficiency is important in any ...

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    Brose adopts AGVs to improve efficiency

    2019-04-23T13:23:00Z

    Automotive parts supplier, Brose, has announced it is using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) at one of its UK plants in Coventry to optimise logistics operations, achieve efficiency gains and win new business on future model launches.

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    VW turns to Amazon to streamline its supply chain

    2019-04-03T10:24:24Z

    Volkswagen Group has announced it will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to automate manufacturing and logistics processes across its network of 122 plants and more than 30,000 facilities that make up the group’s global supply chain. The carmaker said it had signed a multi-year agreement with AWS, the cloud computing ...

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    BMW looks to the cloud to boost productivity

    2019-04-03T09:48:00Z

    BMW has begun using a digital cloud platform built on software supplied by Microsoft to increase manufacturing and supporting logistics productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to accelerate the use of internet-of-things (IoT) technology in the supply chain and factory. BMW said it would be shared among OEMs, ...

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    VW reshuffles top managers in components operations

    2019-04-01T15:57:05Z

    Heiner Lanze (pictured) has taken over as head of procurement at VW’s newly independent business unit, Volkswagen Group Components. Most recently, Lanze was responsible for procurement at Volkswagen do Brasil and the South America region. Before that, he was vice-president of procurement at Scania in Brazil. His career in the ...

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    Audi trials used car batteries in factory vehicles

    2019-03-12T16:37:15Z

    Audi is trialling fork-lift trucks and tow tractors powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. The development is the latest stage in the company's research to find second uses for used batteries. L ike all OEMs , Audi is obliged by law to take ...

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    FCA to build new US plant and expand five others

    2019-02-27T14:33:53Z

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to spend $4.5 billion on building a new assembly plant in Detroit and adding production capacity at five existing plants in Michigan. The investment will create almost 6,500 jobs, though 1,400 posts will be lost as one shift at FCA’s Illinois plant is ...

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    Justin Newell joins Inform as COO

    2019-02-25T11:44:41Z

    German software optimisation specialist Inform has appointed Justin Newell (pictured) as chief operating officer (COO) at its division in the US – Inform Software Corporation. He moves to Inform from his role as general manager at finished vehicle transport provider, Reliable Carriers. Newell has more than 20 years’ management experience ...

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    Škoda Scala production starts in Czech Republic

    2019-02-19T16:20:18Z

    The all-new Scala has started rolling off the assembly line at Škoda’s Mladá Boleslav plant, in the Czech Republic – the first model from the company based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform. Production of the Scala, which was designed and developed in Mladá Boleslav, involves certain components being produced ...

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    Q&A: Scott Krebs, Orbis

    2019-02-08T11:02:13Z

    What does Orbis see as the main problem in providing accurate data on where a container is, whether empty or full, and what is it doing to solve some of these problems for its automotive customers? In the automotive industry, one of the biggest obstacles is standardisation. Toyota puts identification ...

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    VW sets up new components division to drive efficiency

    2019-01-28T15:23:04Z

    Volkswagen has established a new division – Volkswagen Group Components – tasked with reducing costs by €2 billion ($2.27 billion) while improving efficiency and taking on board the increasing importance of electric vehicles. Thomas Schmall (right), chairman of VW’s new Group Components division, with Stefan Sommer, VW Group board ...

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    The long way home

    2019-01-22T12:24:00Z

    For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal. Far better to pay once for a robust, reusable container that provides better protection ...

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    Packing a punch

    2019-01-16T11:13:00Z

    Electric cars could revolutionise transport by providing a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly way to travel. The International Energy Agency forecasts that there will be 13m electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally by 2020, while PwC Autofacts predicts that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be fully ...

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    BMW Regensburg named as ‘manufacturing lighthouse’

    2019-01-16T09:46:36Z

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named BMW’s Regensburg car assembly plant as a “manufacturing lighthouse” of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, thanks to the factory’s innovations in logistics. The plant, in south-eastern Germany, is one of just seven worldwide awarded the honour this year for successful implementation of industry ...

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    BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

    2018-12-11T17:49:00Z

    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 ...