Innovative Production Processes 2017-12-01T14:06:22+00:00

Autoneum Production System (APS)

High Standards – Today and in the Future

The Autoneum Production System (APS) is based on a culture of operational excellence and constant improvement, and guarantees that our customers receive the highest possible product quality worldwide.

APS stands for:

  • By high product quality
  • Optimized processes and working methods
  • On time delivery
  • Resource-saving production

The Autoneum Production System (APS) stipulates how we practice operational excellence. APS is one of the key levers of strategy implementation. It links employees to results and targets, thereby committing them to constantly strive for continuous improvement.

APS is based on three pillars:

  • Value Stream
    We focus on delivering value to our customers by streamlining processes and flows.
  • Lean
    We create greater profit through systematic waste elimination.
  • Standards
    We drive standardization to enforce and sustain best practices on a global scale.

APS embodies Autoneum’s ways of operating:

  • APS conveys a comprehensive vision of how Autoneum can improve its performance as a result of the implementation and improvement of processes.
  • APS provides a structured approach to achieve this vision.
  • APS includes tools, standards and principles supporting employees to contribute to the company’s success.

Each employee plays an active role:

  • In their role model function, managers form the foundation of APS. They lead their teams by example.
  • All employees use APS to contribute to continuous improvement.

Industry 4.0
On the Way to Intelligent Production

Often described as the “fourth Industrial Revolution,” Industry 4.0 represents a radical change in manufacturing processes and a major economic opportunity for Autoneum. This ranges from increased productivity and efficiency to new technologies and concepts such as collaborative robotics and the Internet of Things. Successfully implementing Industry 4.0 is a strategic focus area for Autoneum. The digitalization of production enables both the vertical interconnection of smart production systems (smart factories) and the horizontal integration of global value-added chains, which integrates customers and suppliers. This enables an acceleration and comprehensive adjustment of the industrial processes, because they are not only controlled and monitored centrally, but also modified.

In order to gain insights into intelligent production systems, Autoneum started the implementation of its first global Industry 4.0 pilot projects at two of its worldwide production sites in 2017: In Guanghzhou, China, and Jeffersonville, USA, the networking of two felt lines and a web-based data exchange will be used to review and optimize line performance, as well as to optimize maintenance and scheduling of spare parts and times, which will lead to further efficiency gains in production. If successful, the system will be implemented at all production sites around the world.

Virtual-Reality Simulations

Autoneum uses so-called “Computer-Based Manufacturing Simulation” (CBMS) to optimize production sites as a blueprint and before construction begins. The machine set-up, layout of production cells and even deployment of shopfloor workers were simulated already during the planning phase, which enables Autoneum to ideally design and utilize the plant, advance working conditions, increase production efficiency and realize associated cost savings. Yantai is one of Autoneum’s first plants designed on the basis of digital 3D simulations. Knowledge gained from the use of the virtual reality application will flow into the CBMS-based design of other new plants within Autoneum’s global production network.

Cobots

An important trend for Autoneum is the robotization of production, which is increasingly being implemented worldwide. In the future, so-called “Cobots” will be used in production, with the Cobots taking over the heavy and monotonous work. Currently, the first pilot trial in the production of heat shields is underway in our plant in Sevelen, Switzerland.

Use of a Cobot in Heat Shield Production

Awards & Recognitions

Autoneum is a partner of almost all automobile manufacturers around the world. This is also reflected in the many awards that Autoneum receives from its customers for its consistently high product quality and reliable cooperation.

The following is a selection of our key customer awards.

Chrysler Supplier Quality Performance Award 2011 (Bloomsburg, USA)

Qualified Supplier Award 2013 & 2014, Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China)

Ford Q1 Certification 2016 (Laem Chabang, Thailand)

Ford Q1 Certification 2016 (Behror, India)

Ford Q1 Certification 2015 (Córdoba, Argentinia)

Ford Q1 Certification 2014 (Bloomsburg, USA)

Ford Q1 Certification 2014 (Valldoreix, Spain)

Ford Q1 Certification 2013 (Hermosillo, Mexico)

GM Innovation Award for Prime-Light 2015

GM Gold Award for on time delivery to GM Service 2015 (Bloomsburg, USA), (Tillsonburg, Canada)

GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2014 (Bloomsburg, USA), (London, Kanada), (Katowice, Poland)

GM Platinum Award for on time delivery to GM Service 2013 (Bloomsburg, USA)

GM Supplier of the Year 2012 (Gravataí, Brazil)

Appreciation Award for continous good quality performance 2016 (Behror, Indien)

Silver Award for success through excellence and performance 2015 (Behror, Indien)

Jaguar Land Rover Quality Award (Sevelen, Switzerland)

Jaguar Land Rover Quality Award 2011 (Setúbal, Portugal)

Jaguar Land Rover Quality Award (Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain)

Jaguar Land Rover Quality Award (Katowice, Poland)

Jaguar Land Rover Quality Award (Choceň, Czech Republic)

Best Plants of 2015 Award (Katowice, Poland)

Best Plants of 2013 Award (Katowice, Polen)

PSA Fournisseur Majeur 2011 (Ons-en-Bray, France)

Toyota Zero PPM and Quality Award 2016 (Chennai, India)

Toyota Zero PPM and Quality Award 2016 (Córdoba, Argentina)

Toyota Certificate of Recognition for Quality and Delivery 2014 (Chennai, India)

Toyota Quality Alliance Gold Award 2014, 2013 & 2012 (Bloomsburg, USA)

Toyota South Africa Manufacturing Award (TSAM) 2013 (Rosslyn, South Africa)

Toyota Certificate of Recognition for Quality 2013 (Genk, Belgium)

Toyota Certificate of Recognition for Project Management 2013 (Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain)

Toyota Certificate of Recognition for Value Added 2013 (Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain)

Toyota Certificate of Recognition for Quality 2013 (Bursa, Turkey)

Toyota CO2 Reduction Special Recognition Award 2012 (Brazil)

Toyota Quality Management Award 2012 (South Africa)

Toyota Platinum Award for Quality, Delivery, Engineering, Communication 2011 (Bloomsburg, USA)

Toyota Stable Production Award 2010 (South Africa)

Volvo Quality Excellence Award (VQE) 2016 (Genk, Belgium), (Choceň, Czech Republic)

Volvo Quality Excellence Award (VQE) 2015 (Chongqing, China)

Volvo Quality Excellence Award (VQE) 2014 (Sevelen, Switzerland)

Volvo Quality Excellence Award (VQE) 2013 (Genk, Belgium), (Choceň, Czech Republic), (Nowogard, Poland)

Volvo Quality Excellence Award (VQE) 2012 (Katowice, Poland)

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