In the smart factory, data is your most valuable commodity. Used correctly, the information being produced by smart assembly tools can give invaluable insights into the performance of individual tools or entire production lines – often in real time. This opens up exciting new possibilities for improving efficiency. From predictive maintenance and condition monitoring to improving overall equipment effectiveness - boosting productivity and uptime.
As a new year begins, Desoutter is more determined than ever to help its customers accelerate their transformation to Industry 4.0. In the coming months, I’ll be revealing the latest tools we have developed to boost uptime, boost productivity and accelerate your transformation to digital ways of working.
Automotive design takes into consideration a series of critical aspects, from passenger safety, to build and material quality, to aesthetics. It also takes into account customer expectations around comfort, diagnostics and onboard entertainment – as well as societal pressures such as reducing environmental impacts and the availability of parking space in towns and cities. Hence the trend towards miniaturization, in order to pack more functionality into a smaller space, and the rise of the electric vehicle.
Accessibility is always going to be a challenge in aerospace assembly. From the tip of the tail to the last nut on the nascelle, every aeroplane is designed to be as space-saving, as light in weight and as aerodynamic as possible. This raises some interesting challenges for those who are tasked with making the aeroplane hold together while defying everything that gravity, passengers and the weather can throw at it!
Demands from increasingly discerning consumers mean that more equipment than ever is being packed into the same space. For instance, we expect air-conditioned comfort when we travel in trains, aeroplanes and cars: and if we do need to adjust our seating position or open a window, we prefer an electrically operated option. As a result, space within engine bays, under bulkheads and behind control panels is at a premium.
"Many people still associate the term Industry 4.0 with the idea of a deserted production facility," says André Pöppe, Product Manager at industrial tool specialist Desoutter in Maintal. But the opposite is the case. After all, by digitizing assembly, companies not only increased quality and productivity; they also showed themselves to be an attractive employer that provides its employees with innovative and ergonomic workplaces.
At Desoutter we are going through the same process as our customers in relation to Industry 4.0 implementation. Indeed, we consider that a crucial part of our product development program is to anticipate what our customers will need next.
CONNECT is a platform which manages all items, actions, and information related to your assembly line activities to accelerate your transformation by boosting your flexibility, boosting your uptime, and boosting your productivity.
Rapid advances in technology offer us new and exciting opportunities for storing and exchanging data. At Desoutter Brand & Digital Communications, we have been exploring the possibilities offered by developments such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Augmented Reality, Marketing Automation and Account Based Marketing, Mobile Applications, Web personalization and the Cloud to see where they can be applied to deliver real, tangible benefits for our customers.
In the automotive industry, it is said that Toyota's quality level is the top in the industry. "The toughest car" is used for consumers to describe Toyota's quality. On January 16, 2018, the third production line of GAC Toyota was officially put into operation in Nansha, Guangzhou. There are three production lines: chassis assembly, interior assembly and exterior assembly. The annual production capacity planned is 200,000 units. Wireless and smart assembly are especially represented in this new facility. Based on this, Desoutter Tools met the needs of users, and introduced "CONNECT Smart Tightening Hub" as an ideal for the smart assembly for development of high-quality smart workshops through joint ventures with GAC Toyota.
Freedom of movement doesn’t guarantee Quality. The development of wireless tool technology has delivered untold benefits in the manufacturing environment: from the ability to configure assembly lines without the constraint of a fixed power supply to improved accessibility for operators. Theoretically, making wireless tools part of a smart manufacturing network should deliver an Industry 4.0 idyll - but we ignore the human element at our peril.
Taking customer challenges and translating them into solutions is one of the most rewarding things about working at Desoutter. Earlier in 2019, we introduced the XPB-M - the first smart, modular battery drill dedicated to supporting an operator who needs to perform multiple tasks with many variables, such as different materials and fasteners: tasks currently handled using a large number of pneumatic tools. We are now extending the range to address other drilling challenges in the aerospace sector.
We already developed a bit how to deal with a successful implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions and the Human Factor.
This is now for your the opportunity to go further by downloading our latest whitepaper called: "How to deal with Industry 4.0 and the Human Factor?"
George Bernard Shaw famously said “Progress is impossible without change". This gives us a simple choice: we can sit back and let change happen to us, or we can be catalysts for change ourselves. At Desoutter, we very much embrace the latter approach.
Technical advances also change the way humans produce things. The step into production technology, which was completely different from the past, is also called the industrial revolution. The new production technologies fundamentally changed the working conditions and lifestyles of people. What were the industrial revolutions and where do we find ourselves now? “From the First Industrial Revolution to Industry 4.0”
Reed Hasting, today the CEO of the company Netflix, had forgotten to return the film “Apollo 13”, which he rented from a video store, on time. After the expensive late fee of 40 USD, the basic idea for Netflix formed in his mind. The following story shows how someone can benefit from the changing times and even adversity for one’s own success and ultimately profit from digitalization as well.
The body of a modern passenger jet is an astonishingly complex piece of work. Advanced mixed materials including aluminium, titanium and carbon-fibre all combine seamlessly to produce an incredibly strong yet flexible structure.
The rise of automation and the adoption of Industry 4.0 ‘intelligent’ tools is helping us produce more bespoke solutions to customer requirements, particularly in high tech sectors like the automotive and aerospace industries. Ford’s apocryphal selling slogan that ‘you can have any color as long as it’s black’ has long been consigned to history. Now, even the most basic car brand offers a wide selection of colors and features which make every order unique. This level of customization raises new challenges around the role of humans in the production process, particularly around skills development and error reduction.