Digital, intelligent, future-oriented: When implementing Industry 4.0, Continental is pursuing a holistic approach that connects and revolutionizes the entire production process chain. Experience and the exchange of knowledge in the global corporate network play an important role in the implementation of modern technologies – what works in the so-called model plants is adapted for other locations and then also rolled out there.
Thanks to the innovations, Continental is well on its way to becoming a smart factory. The company is already using big data applications, around 1,800 collaborative robots (so-called CoBots) and more than 300 autonomous, automated transport systems in its plants. The CoBots take on manufacturing tasks to reduce the physical and mental workload of the employees and thus improve ergonomics. The driverless transporters automatically bring material to the workstations and thus - like the CoBots - increase productivity.
In addition, many other Industry 4.0 solutions are being implemented in ten strategic areas in Continental's model plants: Big Data & Artificial Intelligence, Human Machine Interface & Mobile Devices, Manufacturing Execution System and Factory Applications, Smart Equipment and Robotics, Robotic Process Automation, Future Work, Integrated Storage / Transportation Systems, Automated Replenishment, Geolocation and Geofencing, Autonomous Network Planning.
Expert Michael Hülsewies:
„Continental demonstartes that intelligent mobility does not just mean transporting people from A to B, Innovative mobility also means meeting the challenges of higher logistics volumes, implementing sustainable ideas for the transport and distribution of goods, and offering smart solutions that support resource-efficient food production in agriculture. For all these areas, robotics applications are an ideal complement to existing structures.“
Innovations increase efficiency and quality
Continental is pursuing various goals with the Industry 4.0 innovations. Modern solutions should increase the efficiency and quality of the products, while a zero-error strategy and high utilization make the production processes more robust. Employees benefit from improved ergonomics, greater security, mobile working and more flexible working hours. The lower energy requirement in production reduces emissions and is thus also an ecological advantage.
The networking of numerous different plants and systems also leads to a more transparent production cycle. The exchange of information in real time means that reactions to deviations can be much faster and adjustments can be made immediately within all phases of the cycle.
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VDA Logistik Award 2022: Continental Honored for Industry 4.0 Initiative
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie , VDA) honored the technology company Continental with the VDA Logistics Award 2022. Continental has received the highest award for the holistically sustainable concept "Touchless Material Flow – internal supply chains become smart". Especially in times of increasing geopolitical uncertainty, volatile developments and advancing digitalization, the system makes a significant contribution to achieving the sustainability goals, reduces manual activities in the internal material flow of the supply chains and improves process efficiency and ergonomics for employees.
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