Smart Factory: Audi is on the way to the factory
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Audi is making its production fit for the future with the smart factory. In this factory of the future, big data – the creation and intelligent connection of large volumes of data – will facilitate data‑driven and thus highly flexible and highly efficient manufacturing.
Assembly islands instead of assembly lines
For more than 100 years, production in the automobile industry has followed the pace of the assembly line. Audi is now working on a vision for the era after the assembly line and is developing a completely new principle: modular assembly. With this new method, the company intends to cope better, more flexibly and more efficiently with growing complexity and the increasing numbers of model versions.
Technical Center for
Production Assistance Systems
Chameleon tongue and laser scanner:
Technical Center for Production Assistance Systems
Audi’s Technology Development Production Assistance Systems department is occupied with new production technologies that support the employees in the working process. At a technical center outside the plant site, the team is currently pushing forward with five key topics. They involve human‑robot cooperation, support for the assembly employees, innovative lightweight robots, driverless transport systems and new sensor technology and display concepts.
Audi Production Lab
From idea to series application: the Audi Production Lab
Many of the new technologies with which Audi is making its production processes fit for the future are created with the help of the Audi Production Lab. The small but creative team works as an interface between innovation and series application, between ideas and structural culture.
The next step: 3D printing with metal powder
3D printers that create objects out of powdered plastic are already firmly established. The next stage of evolution is 3D metal printers. Audi has already installed some of them in its Metal 3D Printing Center for production applications.