E³ in practice

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Powertrain

Ultra-short process chains for gearbox hollow shaft manufacturing

A process chain demonstrator for the manufacturing of gearbox hollow shafts was created and evaluated under factory conditions. This extremely short process chain is both based on forming and considers the three levels of the technology, the factory and the human being. The overall process chain was designed and refined by optimisation. New approaches to monitoring these procedures in terms of the data flow by the human being were tested.

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Car body construction

Automated adjustment: Highly flexible manufacturing

An overall adjustment process system was engineered that considers the interaction of the three levels of technology, factory and logistics, as well as the human being. The overall adjustment process system puts the human being, supported by an innovative assistance system, at the centre of a new, shortened quality control loop. 

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Data and energy management 2.0

Mobile IT as a factor of success

The human being is able to optimise value added chains more efficiently, to remove production errors more quickly and to avoid unplanned interruptions in production thanks to the integration of mobile IT systems based on the cross-linking of single machines throughout all manufacturing and logistic levels.

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Data and energy management 2.0

Twittering production machine

The integration of real and virtual sensors into the production equipment, as well as the specific analysis of the data captured inside a company-internal “maintenance cloud“ creates entirely new opportunities to generate maintenance-relevant information. Bringing together expertise and technical know-how to record and evaluate data and to analyse errors makes it possible to perform maintenance on and predict the remaining life of almost any industrial machine or system at a new level of quality.

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