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Chinese automotive manufacturers count on simulation
The rising degree of automation in Chinese automobile factories as well as the increasing diversity of vehicle models and vehicle equipment require planning technologies, like simulation, to ensure the safety and optimal use of the production layout.
While formerly, assembly lines manufactured only one or two vehicle models in up to three equipment variants, nowadays plants like FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun are quickly approaching German conditions.
In addition to the challenges of this more complex automation, the focus is on strategies for managing order sequencing, the so-called pearl chain, as well as streamlining processes (lean production). This means a huge developmental step for the Chinese automotive manufacturers.
Frequently, they turn to German and Japanese specialists for help. Planning technologies like the digital factory, especially process simulation, are also gaining importance.
Joint-ventures with German participation pay off especially well in this sector, because of the German partners’ more than 20 years of experience in using simulation technology.