For many people, digitalization has become a catchword which is used in an inflationary manner. But what does it really mean? What would the right path for a supply company in the automotive sector look like in order to truly benefit from digitalization?
Here as well, Ingenics AG applies its approach tailored to the individual customer which begins by taking an inventory of processes and IT systems. In every case the perspective taken and with it the master plan developed will always embrace the entire company, all its departments and their interfaces, both company-internal and with the supply chain/customer.
However, the recommendation and method are always based on the priorities established as a team, so that changes can be made successfully and in parallel with the challenges of daily business. This also means that the employees, some of whom hold a critical stance towards this catchword, become part of the initiative. During the projects efforts are made to convince the participants, who are also informed and qualified by means of appropriate training.
For suppliers, utilizing digital potential means the intelligent networking of all players in the automotive supply chain to make processes more transparent.
This is facilitated through the availability of relevant data in real time. Under the key words Assembly/Production 4.0 (networking data and information structures of previously separate areas) and the Internet of Things (IoT – linking and networking – via an IoT platform – devices and machines which previously worked and obtained information independently) the company opens up significant potentials for improving information, communication, and decision making.
As a result the company achieves a highly agile process structure and a supply chain that provides information in real time. These can also be adapted quickly using specific triggers. This flexibility and rapid reaction capability are based on IT systems integrated both vertically and horizontally.
You can find further information under the heading “Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0”.