ZF’s digital transformation is paying big dividends at two European factories.
The plants, which produce steering assembly units, had been plagued by product failures when the systems reached the end of the assembly line.
This was leading to lost time and extra cost because many of the units had to be scrapped.
ZF responded by using its so-called Connected End-to-Line Reject Analyzer (CERA), which identifies and rectifies issues using the supplier’s cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
Barath Indrakumar, who is part of ZF’s digital opportunities and program management team, said CERA has helped the supplier reduced scrap at the factories by between 20 percent and 30 percent.
ZF is finding more and more ways to capitalize from its IoT platform. Said Indrakumar: “The possibilities are endless.”