The automotive industry is clearly in transition. Autonomous vehicles, electrification, shared mobility, and new materials are the key trends influencing the strategy and investments for most automotive manufacturers and suppliers. These trends are causing automakers to rethink their business models and to prepare themselves for fundamental changes in their design, manufacturing, and aftermarket processes.
Digitalization has become a necessity to support the rapid pace of innovation and the complexity in today’s automotive and transportation market, including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing. And digital manufacturing has become essential to solving complex production problems, improving business, and achieving strategic objectives for EV manufacturers. EV manufacturing companies that embrace digital manufacturing are seeing:
- Greater speed-to-market
- Reduced risk
- Increased margins
- Enhanced market position
Additionally, lights-out factory implementation can provide benefits to further address the industry challenges and help meet a company’s strategic objectives – benefits like reduced labor costs and less reliance on a labor force, reduced production error rates, material management efficiencies and accelerated product lifecycles. And the digital and automation technologies needed to make it a reality at scale are just now maturing, at a time when they are needed most.
This white paper describes both the challenges and current opportunities presented by a lights-out approach using quantified examples. It emphasizes feasible deployment that provides realistic value to manufacturers today.