There are huge advances and therefore benefits to the manufacturing of vehicles by the adoption of digital technologies and skills has to be the future, and an exciting one at that.
We delved into what and how the industry is changing and here is a little taste of the topic.
Digitalisation can help manufacturers save time, reduce costs and respond more effectively to customer demand, all as part of the culture of innovation and continuous improvement embedded within the DNA of the automotive sector.
By fully embracing digitalisation, the automotive sector the UK, for example, stands to gain £6.9bn every year by 2035. The cumulative total benefit to the UK economy could be £74bn by 2035. This is a significant prize, but there are challenges that need to be overcome, by the sector and by government, if it is to be realised. The UK’s digital infrastructure needs to be improved, clear policies on cyber security must be developed, the skills gap must be addressed and investment in digitalisation must be accelerated.
Digitalisation technologies have found applications across the manufacturing value chain and have had beneficial impact on suppliers, OEMs and end-customers. While some technologies have more focused applications (e.g. robotics on production), others such as cloud computing, analytics and cybersecurity are progressively leading to an unprecedented sharing of information and new applications across the value chain.
The digitalisation of manufacturing is already underway. Both manufacturers and their suppliers benefit from productivity gains, quality improvements, greater flexibility and shorter times to market. Customers are also likely to benefit from more personalised, higher-quality vehicles with a greater level of product content and connectivity.
In truth manufacturing has been increasingly using data to raise productivity for decades, but many commentators now foresee an exponential growth in the use of this data, driven by five new disruptive technologies.
Digitalisation applications often involve the creation of a “digital twin” of a physical product, manufacturing process, factory or supply chain. Once the digital twin is created it can be analysed for many purposes. Changes can be made easily in digital form allowing for the simulation of different scenarios.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT INDUSTRY
Ultimately these scenarios can help in a multitude of applications that span the value chain to:
It seems that the businesses seeking longevity in the industry need to adopt the technologies on offer that can directly improve efficiencies and actual bottomline operations which has to be a bonus.
We will keep appraised of these advances.