by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Manufacturing

The automotive industry is already in the middle of huge market change. Cars and commercial vehicles are getting smarter, and global production continues to rise in almost every major geography – more than 80 million passenger cars were produced in 2017. These two factors are having a huge influence on how manufacturers design, build and…

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Connected Phone header

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

Fifteen years ago, I was studying for a master’s degree in industrial automation at a technical university. We learned about open systems, industrial internet, old and new programming languages, collaborating robots, software-controlled machine clusters etc. Everything that you needed to build the smart factory. I thought all this was everyday life in the manufacturing industry…

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Mercedes-Benz Actros Outside Mirror

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive

The world’s leading trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, The International Automotive Fair (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles, kicked off last week with a focus on innovation in the automotive industry. One of the central themes of this year’s show looks at what the future of commercial travel will be like—from connected vehicles to automated…

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Worker performing test on machinery

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation

The penalties for poor maintenance can be high—in energy production, loss of revenue and component costs, as well as fines levied for non-delivery. But contrast this with time and/or operation count-based maintenance where a piece of equipment gets maintained whether it needs it or not. This is labor intensive and ineffective in identifying problems that…

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2018 automotive industry trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Research, Strategy

New data-driven services, strong light-weight materials and a rapidly built-out infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) are trends impacting the automotive industry this year. Stefan Issing, the Global Industry Director for Automotive at IFS, presents his industry predictions for 2018. Trend #1 Service revenue in the automotive industry will increase by 30% during 2018 When German…

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E-fuels

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Creativity & Innovation, Mobility

In the context of increasing air pollutions in the cities and “Dieselgate,” everybody is talking about electronic vehicles (EV) and hybrid cars. But to be competitive with combustion engines, it is still a long way to go, considering price, distance, infrastructure, etc. Maybe the automotive industry should rethink the entire future of mobility ─ what’s…

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What you need to know about quality assurance and management for the automotive industry

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Strategy

Quality can be defined as “fitness for use as defined by the customer.” A quality product or service contributes to customer satisfaction; poor quality means ­dissatisfied customers. In today’s competitive marketplace, the process of controlling internal and external quality processes has become increasingly important and more complex for all ­companies. Especially in the automotive industry,…

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Highlights from International Motor Show 2017

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Automotive, Events

Time for a review of the International Motor Show 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. The cream of the crop of the scene has been on the FORUM stage and in the Speakers’ Corner during the International Motor Show 2017, IBM, Mobileye, McKinsey, Roland Berger, Continental, Kaspersky, NXP and World Economic Forum, to name a few, have…

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How businesses truly feel about digital change & transformation

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Engineering and Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Research, Service Management, Strategy

Digital transformation can mean different things to different people, making it difficult to know when you have achieved it. However, the answer to this conundrum is that you will never achieve it since it’s constantly evolving. To see what companies are thinking about today in regards to digital transformation and how it is currently being…

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70 percent of industrial companies need enterprise mobility for digital transformation

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Asset Intensive, Automotive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Service Management, Supply Chain

New study shows enterprise mobility is an essential step to harness the disruptive technologies in business. Business conditions are changing rapidly thanks to digital transformation, which is defined in this MIT Sloan Management Review article, “The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation,” as the use of technology to radically change the performance or reach of enterprises….

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