Our topics at the automotiveIT Forum 2017

Christian Will

Head of Production Development
Porsche AG

Porsche Production 4.0 – Not a Revolution but an Evolution

Porsche Production 4.0 is a systematic evolution of our existing Porsche production system. In particular, the “4.0” is not a final condition at all but rather a continuous development with the help of new technological applications. With Porsche Production 4.0, we are moving into the manufacturing of the future. It is a roadmap for the efficient, continuous development of the production process and networked application cases in the digital and physical worlds. The human being is at the center of everything. The digitization and networking serve as assistance systems. Sustainability and resource efficiency are both smart and extremely important in the factory. Here Porsche is turning to intelligent solutions along the production process so it can not only be the most profitable automaker in the world but also one of the most innovative and sustainable automakers.

Dr. Christian Patron

Head of Innovations and Digitalization in Production System
BMW Group

“Industry 4.0”, Industrial Internet – Opportunities through Digitalization in the BMW Production System

In keeping with the motto “THE NEXT 100 YEARS”, the BMW Group takes on its share in shaping the future of mobility. In the company’s 100-year history, innovation has always been a decisive key to success.

The market for premium cars will continue to show an extraordinary growth momentum also in the future. In this segment, it is imperative to satisfy customers’ demand for highly innovative and highly customized products while at the same time to create competitive cost structures in all customer-driven business processes, from product development to order processing and service. This is why the BMW Production System is currently undergoing a structured change process, driven and designed by the people in the production network.

Especially in the era of digital transformation, the wide variety of technologically feasible options needs to be evaluated, in order for effective solutions to be integrated and implemented in production. The principles of lean production, gaining even greater significance in the age of digitalization, provide the foundation for activities in this field. Top priorities of the digitalization in production are tapping potential for additional efficiency and taking flexibility to the next level. Another vital aspect is mastering the increasing complexity in production, with the support of a consistent management system.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer

Professor for Sociology
Universität Hohenheim

Industry 4.0: Who is bringing it onto the street?

Individual software could be bought off-the-shelf, not so Industry 4.0 solutions. Be it 3d-print or collaborative robotics. Be it the IoT or Deep Learning, be it Big Data or autonomous systems: Industry 4.0 comes as a broad variety of technological options. To transform these options into successful business ideas and unique solutions innovative and strategic capabilities as well as creativity and awareness of own strengths are required. But who enables this transformation, who makes Industry 4.0 happen? The existing but somewhat stolid organization, the valuable but seasoned employees? Or a new and shiny CDO, recruited straight from the Valley? In the German automotive sector an essential and unique source of innovation is within reach. The talk discusses how that underestimated as well inestimable resource be activated to design Industry 4.0 solutions today that will keep your company innovative in the future.

Dr. Tarek Mashhour

Head of Central Functions Production

Audi’s Modular Smart Factory

How are premium manufacturers shaping the production of the future? Audi’s answer to the question is the smart factory:  an intelligent facility that is completely networked thanks to digitization.  Audi has already met numerous challenges on the way there. In his lecture, Dr. Tarek Mashhour, who is in charge of manufacturing digitization at Audi, looks at the status quo and explains how Audi plants will change even more in coming years and what this means for the company and for employees.  Factory modularization also plays a primary role in the process, for example, moving away from assembly lines and toward modular manufacturing based on production cells. Dr. Mashhour highlights the technologies that are required for this and how the modular smart factory boosts efficiency and flexibility in car-making.

Dr. Walter Heibey

Associated Partner
MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH

Digitization of a dynamic manufacturing

Driven by ever growing technical possibilities, one of the primary prospects of digitising production rests in the fundamental change of processes. Here, possibilities and challenges of creating a dynamic production shall be presented. A Prerequisite for this is the standardisation of machine connection, which reduces integration efforts and has a stabilising impact on digitisation projects in manufacturing. Based on this, a concept of “embedded autonomy” for intelligent machines will be presented, which establishes the prerequisites for further flexibility. Utilising a close integration of Automated Guided Vehicles, this allows the creation of a flexible job scheduling, requiring a powerful control logic and implying a transition to an algorithmic manufacturing. The resulting requirements to Systems will be discussed in this presentation. However, a successful implementation is characterised by an integrated approach, taking into account all relevant processes of product development, manufacturing and logistics.

Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Kuhrke

Project engineer Advanced Manufacturing Technologies


Hans-Juergen Grundig

IT Manager Vehicle Solutions OV
Adam Opel AG

Smart Factory @ Opel

For several years, Adam Opel AG has been carrying out a transformation into the “smart factory” in its production facilities. Early on, it was recognized that the additional potential for improvements would lie in digitization and networking after the lean manufacturing wave. That is why a companywide effort was begun to take the cooperation among IT, production planning, production and the supply chain to a new level. To this end, interdisciplinary teams were created that dealt with the appropriate strategies, and, in particular, initiated a huge set of projects that reflected all facets of the “smart factory.” They advanced issues such as smart automation as well as smart wearables and smart safety, in addition to business intelligence solutions and data analytics projects to improve productivity, quality and availability.

Tomas Rais

Head of Logistics Planning and System Support

ŠKODA-AUTO Logistics – Innovative & Global

Today’s Škoda –Auto is not only the local company, which operates at three locations within the Czech Republic, but it is a global company producing in China, Russia, Slovakia and
India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
When we are speaking about the innovations, then we speak not only about the High-Tech solutions, but also about the effective process and last but not least about our employees.
In the same way as we are speaking about the smart products, smart buildings or smart mobility we are speaking and focusing on smart logistics as one of the part of smart factory.
Our goal is simply clever logistics, which is based on digitalization and smart systems, using high technology, automation, but also on the effectivity, cost profitability, process transparency and our employees, where their continuous education belongs to our priority.
Our future focus is to follow up new trends, realization of pilot projects and their smooth transmission to permanent projects.

Michael Ulverich

Head of Production Truck  
MAN Truck & Bus AG

The Modular Factory and the Demands on Logistics

The concept of the modular or transformable factory is increasingly replacing the prior static factory model.  Until now, when unexpected influences emerged, factories were either operated sub-optimally or adapted to the new conditions at great expense. Increasingly rapid change, a higher degree of individualization, and market fluctuations require greater volume flexibility. Especially with electric powertrains, manufacturers of commercial vehicles are now facing the challenge of integrating completely new vehicle concepts into existing assembly processes. Many companies are hoping that modularization will provide major boosts in efficiency. To increase efficiency, new demands on logistics are also emerging.  MAN intends to manufacture from eight modules. This is also tied to a rethinking of the associated approaches to logistics. 

Martin Dubé

Global Senior Director, Manufacturing Practice, Digital Transformation Group

Digital Transformation in Automotive

Creating a secure, connected technology platform to power today’s requirements and enable future innovation.
There is little doubt that digital tools and technologies have already begun to disrupt the Automotive sector, which is under pressure to keep pace with the rapid changes digitization has heralded, or risk being left behind.
The stakes are clearly high, but the risks and rewards are unevenly distributed.
In order to better understand the opportunity and accelerate digital transformation, Cisco co-founded the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. This collaboration resulted in the development of research-based roadmaps for digital transformation.
This insight allows Cisco to work with customers across the Automotive sector to understand the steps they can take on the factory floor and across the supply chain, to increase their rewards and decrease their risks.
Cisco outlines the digital business transformation process in clear terms, defining the journey that organizations must undertake to avoid disruption, realize the benefits of transformation, and extract the most value from digital technologies and business models.

Nikolai von Loeper


Real-time location and motion sensing by KINEXON

Internet of Things incorporates the vision that in the future objects will interact fully automatically with each other. This will enhance the efficiency of production and logistics processes. To make this vision come true, it has to be known where and in which status the objects are at any time. KINEXON offers a key technology for the Internet of Things. Our real-time location solution tracks the position, motion, and status of people and objects. We offer a solution that is truly precise, scalable, and smart. The KINEXON solution consists of two core elements, namely a sophisticated sensor network and an analytics platform on which additional features can be setup. Our key technology is used by renowned customers for various applications in production & logistics, including asset tracking, navigation of driverless transport systems and process monitoring. Altogether, we help our customers to optimize their processes in terms of quality, costs & time.

Christoph Neye

Business Development

The future of automobile connectivity –
How the gap between fleet-management and workshops will be closed

Up to now vehicles had to be brought to a workshop to determine which problems are present. cynatix offers vehicle monitoring which was formerly only possible in IT-environments and with metrics exceeding eOBD. With real world examples we will show you which advantages are possible with permanent connectivity, which technical methods are used and how they can be implemented.

Leon He

President Huawei Enterprise Business Group Western Europe

Leading New ICT, Enabling Automotive Digitalization

Huawei contributes a great deal to the digitalization of the automotive value chain. We observed the trends and their impacts on the automotive market. Our answer: ROADS to digitalization. We are encouraging the industry to adopt a Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social experience as a key standard for success in digital transformation. Huawei’s core technologies and innovations include connectivity, cloud computing & edge computing, autonomous driving, connected car platform, AI & Machine Learning. Additionally, we will introduce how we embrace digitization by building a new production factory.

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