Automotive industry in a changing world

Industry 4.0, Big Data, IOT, etc.


From automobile to mobility

Industry 4.0 does not stop at the automotive industry. The ever increasing demand for model diversity as well as the expansion of the core competencies from automotive to mobility require enormous flexibility. In order to stay ahead of the global competition in times of this fourth industrial revolution, an carmaker can no longer do without intelligent production systems combined with flexible logistics systems.

The development of the dynamic and rapidly changing automotive industry can only be tackled if manufacturers focus intensively on the topics of Industry 4.0, digitalisation, demographic change, and data-driven production. In addition to the complete digital networking of the entire value chain, the simple operation of the plants and systems plays a key role. Only then can a company react quickly enough to new circumstances.


Diverse quantitative and qualitative improvements

Industry 4.0 offers huge opportunities to companies in the automotive industry in Europe. The fourth industrial revolution will allow diverse quantitative and qualitative improvements to be achieved both now and in the future.

This not only includes increased efficiency, but also reducing redundancies, minimising quality losses, increasing flexibility and standardising processes as well as focussing on core areas of the internal value chain. A great deal can also be simplified and improved in planning and management in production. In addition, companies looking to improve customer satisfaction, greater flexibility and a shorter time to market will focus on both the vertical as well as the horizontal value chain.

Industry 4.0 will help car makers achieve an efficient production process with greater production, energy and resource efficiency.


The key element

Big Data essentially means a “large volume of data”. Experts use the term Big Data to refer to two things. Firstly: the mountains of data that are growing at an increasing rate. And secondly: new IT solutions and systems that help companies manage the flood of information. Unstructured data, such as the data from social networks, are part of Big Data.

The analysis of data and its use is the key element of Industry 4.0.

The increasing horizontal and vertical networking of the value chains are constantly improving the flow of data. Big Data solutions allow these huge quantities of different sensor data from the automotive industry to be linked and processed. This integrated analysis of data also enables the integrated examination of processes and their optimisation based on the associated findings. For example, this allows defective parts to be identified and removed early-on in the process. The increased transparency also improves the decision-making basis for every company and reduces redundancies. This leads to increased efficiency and therefore a clear competitive advantage. In addition, Big Data analyses are a critical requirement for developing new, digital business models, optimising interaction with customers as well as increasing internal profitability.


The big fear

The big fear in Industry 4.0 is the fear of cyber-attacks. The automotive industry often specifically uses slower digitalisation to protect itself from virtual attacks. But, fear has never been helpful. It blocks development and leads to stagnation.

Security experts protect against attacks
Protect your company from attacks but don’t forego rapid digitalisation and its benefits. Consultation with security experts is an absolute must for every Industry 4.0 project. Make sure that these experts are integrated into the team at the very start of a project. This guarantees the best possible security when digitalising your automotive company.


Digitalising the value chain

The continuous digitalisation of the value chain is a requirement for the future of the industry. This requires a fundamental transformation of the processes, the product and service portfolio as well as the existing business models. 

The benefits of this kind of digitalisation and the resulting consequences differ considerably in each case. We would be pleased to work together with you to define the specific benefits and all other steps during the planned workshops.

Our aim is to comprehensively advise and support our customers with the optimisation of their processes. This is possible with technologies such as the Odoo business software. This continuously adapts to the market’s requirements with constant further development.


More flexible production

Even today, the use of digital technologies in production is hugely important. This will only increase in the future.

Onwards and upwards as the saying goes. The automotive industry is under intense pressure. For example, customer demands for individually assembled vehicles can no longer be denied.

The automotive industry must know how to handle the constantly changing customer needs and meet the challenges of the high innovation pressure. And this is precisely where we enter the fray. We provide the right tools. For example, the Odoo business software may be part of the solution.