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07/26/22
Ingolstadt
Company

Modular Assembly: Innovative assembly and logistics concept is about to be ready for serial production

Smart Production
  • Flexible system without conveyor belt or fixed pace simplifies dealing with high product variance
  • Integrated logistics and quality checks increase efficiency by about 20 percent
  • Human-centric: work environment also designed to accommodate employees with disabilities

For more than a century, the conveyor belt has set the pace in automotive production. Now it is increasingly reaching its limits. Numerous derivatives and individualized possibilities are making vehicles more and more varied. Processes and components in assembly systems are increasingly variable. In a rigid, sequential process, that complexity is more and more difficult to master. That is why Audi is introducing the world’s first modular assembly system in the automotive industry as a new and supplementary form of organization. Workers assemble components at “production islands” independently of cycle time. In addition, due to high component variability automated guided vehicles (AGVs) supply the stations with the necessary materials in accordance with the goods-to-person principle.

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