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Siemens offers a comprehensive range of products, systems and solutions across all steps of the automotive manufacturing, as well as customised solutions for infrastructure.

Automation & Control Shaping the transformation process

Jan 9, 2017

To drive efficiency, automobile companies are relying on the processes and tools that enable standardisation of vehicle architecture and the re-use of existing knowledge. The article analyses the solutions that enhances production levels in the automotive industry.

Automotive industry is the pioneer in evolving technology, and a trendsetter when it comes to elegant design and highclass performance. However, the challenge is to manage costs and deliver the same output at an economical range to the buyers. India is emerging as a favourable destination for international manufacturers. Foreign companies have been attracted by India’s cost competitiveness, its skilled workforce and favourable policies initiated by the government.

Furthermore, the most fundamental factor fostering growth in the automotive sector is the presence of a huge local market. Employing a total of 29 million people, directly and indirectly, it contributes 13% of excise revenue of the government. The industry accounts for 7.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). As per the data sources, in 2015 alone, India produced a total of 23,366,246 vehicles, including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, threewheelers and two-wheelers, thus, marking a growth of 8.68%, over the same period last year.

Integrating tailored solutions

The reason for India’s significant presence in this market is said to be its strong engineering base and production of fuelefficient cars at lower manufacturing costs. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of products, systems and solutions across all steps of the automotive manufacturing, as well as customised solutions for infrastructure. The company also provides concepts for the planning and implementation of comprehensive manufacturing plants for the automotive industry, from optimal machine design in cooperation with the machine manufacturer until the planning and operation of advanced, networked production areas.

Siemens’ SINUMERIK CNC controllers are incorporated with favourable functions to enhance production in the automotive industry. The CNC controllers provide an ideal solution for high-speed milling and turning, while ensuring cost-effective manufacturing. The controller, with its vast milling spectrum for highly productive machining centres in powertrain manufacturing is well-suited for the automotive industry. With compact-in-class, this is a solution for costsensitive markets, where high CNC performance and easy commissioning are required.

It provides the perfect command station, when it comes to tool management. Tool data and magazine location information are clearly displayed on a screen. The selection of a suitable magazine location is completely automatic. Also the tool’s lifetime is monitored, and when required, the appropriate replacement tool is loaded.

Solutions for the automotive industry

TRANSLINE, with its comprehensive system solution comprising of SIMATIC, SINUMERIK, SINAMICS, PROFIBUS and PROFINET has become a one-stop-shop for all requirements in automotive. With the portfolio for Motion Control, the company takes care of transport within the manufacturing unit as well.

To drive efficiency, top performing automobile companies rely on the processes and tools that enable standardisation of vehicle architecture and re-use of existing knowledge. Design intent and quality parameters must be tracked throughout the product lifecycle. Siemens PLM software is used by automakers and suppliers to collaborate, plan, and validate the design and manufacturing processes of vehicles. The solutions satisfy the critical needs of leading automakers for managing collaboration across complex engineering functions and throughout the extended supply chain.

By breaking down barriers between engineering functions and providing real-time access to information through a robust, open PLM platform; the solutions help the automotive industry enhance innovation and manage complexity, the two critical requirements for success in today’s dynamic market. The PLM software focuses on processes that realise innovations required to develop connected, intelligent vehicles. The solutions provided are process-based, such that they enable digitalisation of the entire vehicle development process. It brings to users an active workspace portal, which is a single integrated application that enables a role-based, device-independent and easy-to-deploy system engineering environment.

Managing complex product models

With comprehensive capabilities for parametric feature based design, direct modeling with synchronous technology, subdivision modeling for freeform shapes, template-based design and assembly modeling; NX, the CAD/CAM/CAE software enhances productivity, even when working with data from other CAD systems. The integrated 1D and 3D simulation environment helps users make the best decisions by providing a closed-loop view of engineering requirements and design performance. The PLM software, along with simulation software, addresses the design and execution of body-in-white (BIW), final assembly, machining, paint, stamping and quality processes within the OEM and the supplier network. With capabilities in bill-of-materials (BOM) management in the PLM software help customers manage complex product models, including various representations of the BOM that define the as-planned, as-designed and as-built architectures. The PLM and mechatronics solutions are used to virtually develop and extensively test products before even a single screw is turned in real life. With this technology, manufacturing errors can be completely eliminated and products reach the market as much as 50% faster. ☐

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