Networking and digitization were the main focus at Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA), an international aerospace trade show which took place in Berlin at the end of April. After all, in terms of overall digital transformation, the aerospace industry is still in the pilot phase. Just as important was the need to speak with experts like Ingenics AG, which specializes in the specific strategic process design challenges facing the aerospace industry as well as all aspects of factory and production design, logistics, and E2E supply chain management.
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Michael Weis, partner and center of competence director at Ingenics AG, recently attracted considerable attention in specialist circles with his ideas about the development of final assembly in the electric vehicle segment with respect to Industry 4.0 and big data. Referring to the combination of line and island production, a forward-looking approach that offers the best of both worlds, he coined the term "swarm assembly." When building new electric vehicle assembly plants, he claims it is essential to see this as an opportunity to consider automated guided vehicles (AGVs) instead of the usual skillet lines and electric monorail systems and to examine possible applications. Ingenics is currently involved in exploratory studies and simulations concerning these issues.