“It is essential to ask whether existing production systems in the body shop are prepared for these changes in the interests of the future viability of the automotive industry. The decisive answer is no, they are not – or only to a very inadequate extent. This is because there is a fundamental lack of flexibility in several forms at present, from product and succession flexibility to the ability to change, integrate, and adapt,” notes Martin Cüppers.
When discussing eff orts to make body shop construction systems more flexible in the future, it is important not to call into question previous achievements in terms of efficiency, capacity utilization, output, quality, and ultimately profitability. Forward-looking concepts must take into account all new developments in connection with digitization and Industry 4.0, and they must be designed accordingly – which makes these performance indicators all the more relevant.