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Auto Tech Outlook | Friday, October 16, 2020
Automation is transforming the traditional assembly line and making automobile production more flexible.
FREMONT, CA: The main priority of the automobile industry is to make automobile production more flexible. Several exhibitors are presenting alternatives to make conventional assembly lien production with the help of stationary conveyor technology. For example, the driverless transport system and cobots for the human-robot collaboration applications.
The automobile industry is going through a drastic transformation, and discussions about driving technology to be used in the future are in full swing. Many manufacturers are also considering electromobility, while others want to utilize it as the transition technology. Similarly, combustion vehicles have also become more durable than it was before.
The new generation of diesel engines has highly efficient filter technology that can decrease emissions than the ones which were used before. Other alternatives that can be used for driving in the future are hydrogen, fuel cells, and synthetic fuels. The diversity of drive technologies and the uncertainty in the sector is making it complicated for the car manufacturers to answer a few questions like the future of the automobile industry.
But it is inevitable that without digitally networked automation solutions and high flexibility, it will become challenging to master the challenges in the automobile sector. The demand for sustainable Industry 4.0-compatible solutions, which support vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, and Tier 1 suppliers are increasing worldwide to implement state-of-the-art manufacturing structures.
Elimination of stationary conveyor technology
There are several automation technologies available for the automobile sector that can remove the stationary conveyor technology that is commonly used. It means that the automotive pattern is shifting because the assembly line has controlled automotive manufacturing for decades. Nowadays, car manufacturers and factory planners search for alternatives that can be utilized in this efficient but inflexible technology.
The new principle is even implemented in the final assembly, and many big automotive companies have already demonstrated it with their new production facility. Today, vehicles can move through production with the help of a driverless transport system, which is also known as the autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs).
It will increase flexibility and even produce many models and derivatives without any issue on the same line.