Smart automakers VW and Nissan are building smart factories
Automobile giants Nissan and Volkswagen recently announced new plans to create better, smarter factories.
Nissan has unveiled its Intelligent Factory Initiative, a new production line at the Tochigi plant. This new technology should help the company achieve CO2 neutrality by 2050. In the meantime, Volkswagen has taken another step towards fully networking its factories. A local 5G island network (campus network) is now available at the German automobile manufacturer’s Wolfsburg plant.
Nissan’s launch of the Intelligent Factory Initiative to respond to new needs and trends has fueled the rapid growth and advancement of the automotive industry. The initiative enables Nissan to deploy robots that utilize the capabilities of. have inherited takumi (Master) to manufacture next generation vehicles. It also enables the company to create an improved environment in which employees can work comfortably while realizing an emission-free production system.
“The automotive industry is in a time of great change and solving the global challenge of climate change is urgently needed. We see this as an opportunity, the strength of monozukuri (Manufacturing), part of our DNA to develop and apply innovative technologies to meet the challenges we face, “said Hideyuki Sakamoto, Nissan Executive Vice President for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.
With the initiative, the Japanese automaker aims to achieve CO2 neutrality in all of its operations by 2050. It also helps the company achieve carbon neutrality in manufacturing by “promoting innovations to support higher productivity in vehicle assembly”. By 2050, Nissan wants to fully electrify its Tochigi plant by introducing innovative production technologies and minimizing energy consumption.
On the other side of the pond, German auto giant Volkswagen has started using a campus network at its Wolfsburg plant that includes the main product development center and the pilot hall. The project aims to test whether 5G technology meets the demanding requirements of vehicle production. In addition, it is to be examined whether such a technology can be developed for industrial series production in the future. In addition, Volkswagen has a dedicated 5G radio frequency to secure the data transmission for the project, secure and transmit it without delay.
Volkswagen has taken on the challenge of building and operating its own 5G infrastructure in order to guarantee competence and robust data security. The company has applied for and received a private radio frequency from the Federal Network Agency for the Wolfsburg campus network. The exclusive spectrum is a key to enabling 5G campus operation at the location.
“Efficient wireless communication in real time will be decisive for flexible production in the future. 5G has the potential to be such a driver of the Industrial Internet of Things. Our goal is therefore to build up extensive experience in operations and in industry. “Use of 5G technology,” says Beate Hofer, CIO of the Volkswagen Group.
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