The ultimate goal for today’s automotive manufacturers is the ‘smart factory’, defined by Deloitte as “a flexible system that can self-optimize performance across a broader network, self-adapt to and learn from new conditions in real or near-real time, and autonomously run entire production processes.”
A smart factory uses AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning and other advanced technologies to improve productivity, profitability and quality, and will be more agile than anything we have previously seen.
Among the key outputs of the smart factory include smarter use of data for faster throughput, improved processes, extended visibility and control, better quality, higher performance and improved profitability — but also to facilitate large-scale manufacturing in a more sustainable way.
Smart factories have the potential to transform operating profit and margin for automotive OEM manufacturers.
Effective deployment of data-driven solutions has already demonstrated that it can cut costs in terms of machine uptime, effectiveness and usage of consumables.
Machine downtime improvement:
Inventory holding decreased:
Maintenance and cost reduction:
Increased time to market:
The opportunity ahead of automakers is to connect everything in an effective, sustainable way. The rewards will be faster throughput, improved processes, extended visibility and control, better quality, higher performance and improved profitability.
While the obstructions preventing the creation of the smart factory are legacy infrastructure and equipment, the biggest challenge may be that of long-established mindset. To get the most out of interconnected factories, production processes, and supply chains, data must be shared with collaborative partners and acted on in the right way - and in real time.
Big data. Boon or big problem? Read our guide and understand the key opportunities for auto makers to capitalize on and make their data meaningful.
Sustainable manufacturing is going to be the biggest challenge facing automakers in the 21st century because the challenges are no longer just about production and maximizing output. Government and legislative action around the world on pollution, waste and exploitation of resources, and consumer-led environmental campaigns, mean that manufacturers are faced with a range of unprecedented pressures.
It’s possible for manufacturers to use the technologies offered through industry 4.0 to adopt sustainable practices, now, in ways that are commercially, environmentally, and financially beneficial.
Piecing together the Paris dis(agreement). Find out how to make environmental legislation work for you by reading our guide and understanding what the Paris Agreement means for industrial automotive manufacturers.
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The sustainable smart factory.