Continuing the Digital Transformation Journey
Recently, we’ve worked with some customers closely to help push their digital transformation agenda. Some great examples we’ve seen from some of our automotive customers recently are:
Digitization of Weld - By taking a paper-based process that relied on human interaction to determine weld quality and moving it to a process that reads data directly from laser welders, this major automotive OEM was not only able to improve their quality but also reduce their cycle time of the weld process.
Taking advantage of this digitized data allowed them to visualize any weld issues in real time. No longer would they need to transcribe data, sample vehicles and deal with paper. They achieved better quality and reduced cycle time – which translate to better reputation and more revenue.
Automated Storage/Retrieval System – When vehicles come out of the Paint shop, they are placed in a large storage bin to wait their turn for general assembly. Which vehicle is selected next will rely on order schedule, vehicle features, etc., so that the general assembly process can run as efficiently as possible. For instance, there may be rules that you can only run two sunroof cars in a row, or it could impact takt time.
Using real-time data on available vehicles, our automotive software system can select the best vehicle to put on the general assembly line next. By doing this, we are ensuring general assembly has the most efficient plan to deliver the needed vehicles for plan. This can help reduce cycle time and improve throughout.