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Smart factories in the automotive industry

| Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais / Ahlam Rais

The automotive sector is making larger investments and setting higher targets for its digital manufacturing operations than any other sector.
The automotive sector is making larger investments and setting higher targets for its digital manufacturing operations than any other sector. (Source: Thinkstock)

The trend towards creating smart factories is on the rise and this year’s SPS IPC Drives event will make sure that industry leaders stay updated on the latest happenings in the ‘Industry 4.0’ sector.

“Industry 4.0 is more than just a flashy catchphrase. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.” – Cornelius Baur and Dominik Wee, McKinsey & Company.

This statement is so true; the fourth industrial revolution i.e. Industry 4.0 comprises multiple segments such as Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and many more and has rightly transformed the traditional process of production. Due to this new automation level highly intricate, complex and customised products can be manufactured with ease. Some of the added advantages of adopting this current trend include savings of costs and time as well as producing high-quality products. Together, all these elements lead to the establishment of a smart factory.

Smart factories

According to a recent report by Capgemini the automotive sector is the most enthusiastic industry for setting up smart factories. The sector is making larger investments and setting higher targets for its digital manufacturing operations than any other sector. The report further adds that by the end of 2022, automotive manufacturers expect that 24 % of their plants will be smart factories and 49 % of automakers have already invested more than 250 million dollars in smart factories. Apart from this, 42 % of smart factory initiatives are struggling and the ones that are making the best progress are investing 2.5 times more than the companies that are struggling.

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Live examples

BMW is planning to expand its largest automated production facility in South Carolina, USA for 1 billion dollars and further intends to invest 600 million dollars in the project. Another automotive giant, Audi has invested 1.3 billion dollars for building a smart factory in Mexico and American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has already reduced its 21-day production cycle down to only six hours! The smart factory process has enabled the company to reduce operating costs by 200 million dollars. All these real life examples show that the plus points of adopting the ‘smart factory’ concept are clearly visible.

SPS IPC Drives 2018

Considering the exponential growth of ‘Industry 4.0’ in recent years, Mesago Messe Frankfurt Group is more than delighted to organise one of the leading automation shows for the industry – SPS IPC Drives. Now in its 29th edition, the event is expected to welcome exhibitors as well as visitors from November 27–29, 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. With a strong focus on smart and digital automation in an Industry 4.0 environment, the trade fair will be showcasing about 1,700 exhibitors from across the globe. This means that the entire automation industry will converge on a single stage.

Come and visit the SPS IPC Drives show to experience the world of automation like never before!

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