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About one quarter of the world’s annual production of automobiles is manufactured in the European Union. Hence, cars are among the most important products and accounts for about 700 billion Euro in turnover. About 2 million direct jobs and another 10 million in the wide automotive ecosystem are employed in the EU. It is also the largest sector in private R&D investments with over 5,800 patents in 2011. In Germany, the largest player in the Europe’s automotive industry, there are over 825’000 employees working in the automotive industry in about 45 plants.

The automobile has long since changed from a technical to a social commodity: it guarantees our personal mobility and social participation, shapes our cities and landscapes, and structures our temporal and spatial thinking. This is why we have to rethink the whole automotive industry.

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The car of the future is electrified, autonomous, shared, connected and yearly updated.

• It will emit less exhaust fumes and noise into its environment because it is electric.
• It will take up less personal time and space because it moves autonomously.
• It will be more accessible because users will not need a driving licence to use it.
• It will be more affordable because it will no longer have to be bought outright but can instead be paid for in small amounts per use.

The automotive industry is probably facing the most critical challenges in its whole history. Completely new technologies for the powertrain and the body of the car are on their way, new markets in emerging countries prosper and customers’ behavior changes rapidly and inhomogeneous. Product evolution, increased customization and variety and changes in manufacturing systems add complexity to the manufacturing systems and increase production cost. Facing the mentioned challenges means technological progresses in both, product and production. Reconfigurable, adaptable and smart manufacturing paradigms all aim at dealing with these challenges. Managing the complexity with a flexible manufacturing system as well as agile business processes will lead the way towards increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness of assembly operations.

 

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What are the benefits of using a FlexiBowl system in automotive assembly processes?

FlexiBowl® is a flexible feeding device that can be smoothly integrated with every robot and vision system brand. Entire families of parts within 1-250 mm and 1-250 g can be handled by a single FlexiBowl® replacing a whole set of dedicated vibratory bowl feeders. No more parts jams and exhausting mechanical adjustments.

Its lack of dedicated tooling and its easy to use and intuitive programming software allows quick and multiple product changeovers inside the same work shift.

A lean and reliable design guarantees predictable and low maintenance costs and makes it the suitable feeding solution for the Automotive industry.

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