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Digitalisation: self-drive cars require a boost of innovation

What would happen if a faulty component stopped a self-driving car from stopping when it needs to? People who no longer drive themselves would probably grab the steering wheel too late – if at all. If accidents increase, litigation claims will too. To avoid that, automotive suppliers need to think about how they are going to implement digitalisation and become a digital company themselves. That will help them predict when components are likely to fail, and intervene before an accident happens.

15 Feb. 2017
Photo: Asseco Solutions
Foto: Asseco Solutions

This is exactly the kind of problem that the ERP specialist Asseco Solutions can help them with – providing products that help increase innovation in the automotive supply industry. The focus of these solutions is on the complete, end-to-end integration of all hardware and software components as well as the entire planning and manufacturing processes of a self-driving car. This includes automated documentation – from the carmaker’s systems through to the suppliers’ components.

ERP provides transparency

The ERP solution must become a comprehensive, centralised information repository for the whole production and service process. For example, if a faulty component is flagged while it is running, the car may need to react in real time. In addition, comprehensive traceability and analysis of the component will need to be carried out as quickly as possible in order to prevent the risk of further accidents.

On Stand B26 in Hall 5 at this year’s CeBIT, Asseco will be showing how automotive companies can streamline their entire digital process chain by integrating their production processes with a high-performance ERP solution. This helps them increase automation and transparency that delivers higher security for consumers.

3D printer demonstrates machine integration

Source: OR Laser
Source: OR Laser

Asseco will use a 3D metal printer from the company OR Laser to demonstrate how its Business Integration Framework enables customers to seamlessly integrate their production machines with its ERP solution APplus. This provides direct interconnection between the machine and the ERP software with no need for an MES solution in the middle. This ensures that large volumes of machine data can be transferred, processed and analysed – virtually in real time.

The resulting transparency enables the rapid traceability of individual components whenever required, including identification of the supplier, the batch concerned, and the materials used in making them. This is one of the reasons it is essential that automotive suppliers ensure that every single component can be clearly identified – a process that Asseco will illustrate on its stand with a laser engraving machine from OR Laser. Combined with the ERP system, this machine is able to mark components live and in real time to add a unique identifier to each one.

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