The BMW Group is successfully pioneering industry 4.0 in its plants. Applications such as ergonomically optimized human-robot cooperation have been deployed in series production and open up a vast array of opportunities to reinvent production processes.
Intelligent Shopfloor & Logistics
The BMW Group is continuously increasing its use of high-performance computer technology in production. Here, top priorities include the virtual planning of production and logistics processes, smart and predictive maintenance, as well as automated quality inspection and data analytics applications. Top priorities in logistics include intelligent logistics robots, data analytics and the high-definition simulation of logistics processes.
The BMW Group already applies 3D printing to production procedures in many areas. 3D printing enables fast and efficient production of new prototype components for rapid testing cycles as well as components for series cars. Additionally, the BMW Group’s in-house Additive Manufacturing Campus (AMC) aims to offer endless possibilities by providing a comprehensive range of printing methods and various materials for different applications.
Smart & Mobile Devices
The BMW Group is increasingly relying on innovations from the fields of digitalization and Industry 4.0 in production. Among many other applications, staff can control logistics and production processes from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and use virtual reality applications to plan future processes. Innovations coming out of many pilot projects are being implemented worldwide at BMW Group plants.