Increasingly rapid model successions and a vastly extended model range over the last few years has forced the entire automobile industry meet considerably shorter development times.
High speed and flexibility are also required in the production, since car manufacturing today is becoming more and more a build-to-order process. Highly variable production, however, also is not without risk for those carrying only minimal stock levels: If the supply chain is broken, this can lead to a production standstill - everything depends on smooth-running logistics processes.
Since all production processes - including the flow of information that accompanies them - have to function across the whole company, data handling poses one of the biggest challenges to the industry. This also includes configuration management of the different software versions for automotive components.
A further problem area: Field failures. They plague the automotive industry and have a large impact on the make's image. The biggest problem here is in the area of electrics/electronics. A number of forecasts show that by 2008 almost two thirds of all breakdowns will be caused by electronic defects. Manufacturers must therefore turn their attention to innovations that can help reduce the number of field failures.
Secure a long-term competitive edge with IBS AG
Master Technological Complexities. IBS AG installations support the automotive industry in the product development phase and provide comprehensive software tools for development tasks such as FMEA or APQP. In addition, IBS solutions also support a concerted development process with the suppliers by providing a high-performance platform and standardized data interfaces.
All Production Data at a Glance. IBS AG solutions enable fully automated documentation of business transactions and the production process and provide comprehensive reports using all production-related data. Just how innovative IBS AG actually is can be seen from our involvement in the research project LAENDmarKS, which involves the integration of RFID systems.
Standards Ensure Openness and Flexibility. IBS solutions support the XML-Standard QDX (Quality Data Exchange) and can therefore exchange all quality-relevant data such as complaints and 8D reports with business partners. IBS AG was involved in the development of these standards.
Comprehensive Configuration Management. Thanks to IBS AG's open, web-based solutions, software compatibility management in After Sales is quick to implement. Precisely defined and approved configurations make it possible to identify which components may be assembled in a vehicle using the respective software versions.
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