Jul. 30 2020

Flexible production over several levels using Siemens technology

•  Top flexibility thanks to automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

•  Conveyor technology solutions enable space-optimized construction

•  All conveyor technology components were installed within a record time of 4.5 months only

Within a record time of 4.5 months, Siemens has installed all conveyor technology components for the final assembly of the first fully electric Porsche, the "Taycan". As a result, the time from installation to production of the first vehicle was halved compared to similar projects. As, due to several building restrictions, the final assembly production line had to be built up vertically, a manufacturing concept has been developed in which each level is used for production purposes. The Taycan facility at the parent plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen was put into operation in September last year.

To ensure maximum flexibility, the sports car maker left the traditional conveyor belt behind. At the so-called “Flexi-Line”, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), which are equipped with Siemens technology components, take the car bodies from one production station to the next. Operating cycles can be adapted to the actual needs and, for example, stop an AGV to perform automated tasks and then speed it up to move on to the next processing station. The conveyor technology solutions from Siemens connect the individual workstations and transport the car bodies. In addition to the automated guided vehicles and the door conveyor system, heavy and tilt EMS hangers are used. These enable ergonomic working, as the car bodies can be rotated 110 degrees in both directions so employees can access all vehicle areas without difficulty.

Due to the efficient project management, the line could be erected in parallel with the other works and the ongoing operation of sports car production. The complete final assembly process was implemented on the basis of the engineering framework Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal, fully automated with Simatic controllers, and equipped with drive technology components from Siemens.

To ensure maximum flexibility in production, automated guided vehicles take the car bodies from one production station to the next.

In addition to the automated guided vehicles and the door conveyor system, tilt EMS hangers are used to ensure ergonomic working conditions.

As, due to several building restrictions, the final assembly production line had to be built up vertically, a manufacturing concept has been developed in which each level is used for production purposes.

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Siemens Digital Industries (DI)

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT.In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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