It is widely known in the automotive sector that OEM customers strongly demand for lowering manufacturing costs, reduced logistics costs, lighter weight structures, new material requirements and a higher level of quality. Manufacturers of components for the transportation sector are studying the development of new technologies that will enable them to manufacture lighter and safer components, relying on the use of design and manufacturing tools that will enable them to produce lighter and safer components.
The following international trends are pushing production systems to their limits: Personalization, Globalization, Financial markets, Aging workforce, Sustainability, Population and middle-class growth, Information society and Urbanization.
These generic needs translate into the following short- and long-term industrial needs:
The structural changes that have taken place in the automotive industry from the late 1980s to the present day have led to various organizational and technological changes in automotive manufacturing companies:
Therefore, all the uncertainty in terms of being able to quantify the diversification of vehicle drive systems, with implications in structural elements even for the same model and range, as well as the great diversification and customization in OEM models soon makes the number of references to handle grow exponentially, making it clear the need to radically change the manufacturing concept.
To this end, AIC and its Automotive Smart Factory have been working on developing different concepts around this objective for the last few years:
In the ODIN project, AIC has worked on flexible manufacturing, offering different process options within an automated line such as the inclusion of inspection process within the existing manufacturing process (ODIN Automotive pilot, operation 3).