Inplant logistics

  • SEAT Effibot AMR robot
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    Seat adds logistics cobots at Martorell

    2021-05-10T14:35:00Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat has started using two autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) at its plant in Martorell for the picking of parts from its onsite storage warehouses.

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    Mastering complexity and getting sustainable at VW

    2021-04-26T15:25:00Z

    Logistics at the Volkswagen Group is a complex business. There are currently 12 brands in the VW Group and every day 8,500 suppliers send parts into 70 assembly plants worldwide, from where finished vehicles are delivered to 150 markets. According to Matthias Braun, head of digitalization and concept development at VW Group Logistics, the company is looking at the latest technology to manage that complexity and do it sustainably.

  • Sustainability as a KPI with ZF, Scania and IPL Macro
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    Watch: Why sustainability will be a major KPI in logistics

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Manufacturers including Scania and ZF are already starting to factor emissions reduction and sustainability goals into logistics decisions and purchasing, leaading to changes in transport and returnable packaging operations.

  • Building Europe’s battery supply base
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    Watch: Building a viable and sustainable European battery supply base

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    The huge demand for lithium-ion batteries is requiring massive investments and new supply sources across Europe, and experts from BMW Group, EV battery startup Britishvolt and packaging supplier ORBIS Europe reveal the supply chain opportunities and changes ahead.

  • How automation and data analytics can elevate performance with Einride, CNH and Blue Yonder
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    Watch: How automation and data analytics can elevate supply chain performance

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Digital supply chain experts from CNH Industrial, IT and software specialist Blue Yonder and freight automation startup Einride discuss how digitalisation can boost reliability, control and end-to-end visibility in logistics.

  • Pack to the future think tank DS Smith and ORBIS
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    Think Tank: Pack to the future

    2021-04-23T15:25:00Z

    Experts from packaging suppliers DS Smith and ORBIS share new ideas, innovations and new opportunities in automotive packaging and container management that will play key roles in supply chain sustainability and eliminating cost in the European supply chain.

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    Automotive needs a better skill strategy to successfully transform

    2021-04-21T13:40:00Z

    Production and logistics technology is changing dramatically as the automotive industry adopts electrification and new forms of mobility, but the skills of the workforce need to keep pace because without them no transition is possible.

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    How Bosch is connecting its business for the AIoT era

    2021-03-23T11:16:00Z

    Robert Bosch CIO Vijay Ratnaparkhe is continuing a revolution in the company’s corporate IT division as it takes a starring role in connecting Bosch operating units and products – expanding the possibility for data-driven services and AI across the business and supply chain. 

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    A stronger supply chain since Fukushima

    2021-03-22T14:40:00Z

    In the ten years since the earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese region of Tohoku, carmakers disrupted by the disaster have been working on mitigation strategies to better prepare and respond to the next supply chain threat. Marcus Williams talks to Mazda, Nissan and Toyota about what has been achieved over the last decade

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    The time is now to start integrating robotics into logistics operations

    2021-02-16T11:14:00Z

    Robotics have enabled major productivity gains in manufacturing, but as the technology becomes more affordable and labour gets harder to find and more expensive, it could start to play a bigger role in logistics, too, helping workers do their jobs more safely and quickly.

  • Adam Pieniazek Magna Powertrain, August Drake Seegrid, Amlan Bose DSV
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    Watch: Using digitalisation to build supply chains back better

    2021-02-07T18:58:00Z

    Executives from tier one supplier Magna, 3PL DSV and automation specialist Seegrid outline how automotive manufacturers are accelerating the digitalisation of the supply chain in the wake of the Covid crisis.

  • David Paquin Locus Robotics, Harry Chase GE Appliances, Tim Miller i9 Sports
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    Watch: Rise of the robots

    2021-02-07T18:47:00Z

    What can automotive logistics learn from other industries when it comes to automation and robotics? Experts from Locus Robotics, GE Appliances and i9 Sports compare notes on how robotics can help efficiency as well as those working in logistics.

  • Ford Fiesta Cobots Cologne
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    AI and automation need people and quality data to succeed

    2020-12-23T16:22:00Z

    Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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    Continental develops autonomous AGV for parts handling

    2020-12-18T16:51:00Z

    Parts supplier Continental is developing its own automated guided vehicle (AGV) for the movement of heavy parts in its production facilities. Autonomous AGVs are currently being trialled at plants in Zvolen (Slovakia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and moving material for brake production. They can carry loads of more than a ton. 

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (Ep.4)

    2020-12-18T09:30:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    Hyundai Motor buys controlling stake in Boston Dynamics

    2020-12-14T11:28:00Z

    Hyundai Motor Group is buying an 80% stake in robotics provider Boston Dynamics, worth $880m to develop and commercialise robotics, with applications ranging from component manufacturing to smart logistics.

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    Bentley switches to renewable fuel for logistics at Crewe

    2020-12-13T19:00:00Z

    Prestige carmaker Bentley is now using vegetable oil to run the trucks it uses to transfer inbound parts to its assembly UK plant in Crewe from its storage depot in Winsford. The carmaker has installed a 34,000-litre hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) tank at the Crewe site to fuel ten trucks with the recycled oil. It is also using the facility to fuel more than 20 smaller on-site security vehicles and delivery vans.

  • Audi Augmented Reality
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    Audi using augmented reality for logistics and production planning

    2020-12-03T17:26:00Z

    Audi is using 3D holograms to better plan production logistics processes at its vehicle assembly plants. The use of augmented reality technology removes the need to produce prototypes of equipment or containers, making planning more cost and time efficient, according to the carmaker.

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    Marco Prueglmeier leaves BMW to found innovation consultancy

    2020-11-30T14:53:00Z

    BMW’s project leader for logistics innovations and industry 4.0, Marco Prueglmeier, has left the carmaker to found an innovation consultancy called i2Market. The aim of the company is to provide industry with software development, robotics, automated warehousing, artificial intelligence and simulation. 

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    BMW launches Idealworks subsidiary to supply logistics automation technology

    2020-11-23T13:41:00Z

    BMW Group has founded a subsidiary called Idealworks to supply autonomous robots to the logistics sector, including companies outside of the automotive industry. The subsidiary, which is based in Munich, Germany, and currently has a team of 30, takes its name from the acronym for industry-driven engineering for autonomous logistics (Ideal).