E-mobility has become the key challenge in the automotive and lithium-ion battery industries to support global decarbonization trends and ensure future survival.
Existing production systems, even if well-established, need to be reshaped to address the manufacturing of completely new platforms that will form the basis of future model ranges. To do this, more responsive, effective and agile operations are required.
EV and battery manufacturers face several challenges. They should scale up production to meet rising demands. Companies also need to strike a delicate balance between delivering high-quality products and maintaining the shortest cycle times while reducing costs.
Furthermore, they need to optimize energy and resource efficiency while ensuring the level of flexibility required to customize their solutions.
Battery factories and car assembly plants, in particular, handle large volumes of real-time traffic from various shop floor and supervisory systems. Data sharing between processes on a manufacturing line or with IT systems is of particular importance to deliver the shortest cycle times.
In addition, as factories become smarter, more devices and data processing tools are being added to communication networks for monitoring and decision-making purposes that optimize processes.
These also include nodes that do not typically belong to the operational technology (OT) domain, such as software solutions from the information technology (IT) realm.