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.