The automotive industry is still one of the first industries to introduce new, more advanced tools and machines to increase automation and accelerate production. The equipment is used as it used to be in human manufactures, for one or 2 tasks per robot as construction goes along the production line. With newer solutions like IoT, cloud computing, 3D printing and more, manufacturing is revolutionizing and automation is increasing.
These are the most popular trends:
1. The use of cobots is increasing
Most car manufacturing is automated, but there is still a human component that has received a lot of help with the advent of cobots so that robots are no longer limited to human-hazardous jobs.
BMW, Nissan and Ford rely on cobots to improve not only the safety of workers at their plants but also the quality of the goods and components manufactured.
2. 3D printing speeds up processes
3D additive printing is an increasingly common occurrence in the automotive field. What was once primarily left to hobbyists and small projects has now been upgraded to create larger parts and components needed in all forms of production. The technology is used for printing with various new materials, from concrete and masonry to wood. The nature of 3D printing, which basically creates objects layer by layer from bottom to bottom, will have a huge impact on how cars are assembled. Advanced forms of welding, such as RF or RF welding, are often used to connect parts and components more permanently. Welding will always be necessary in one way or another, but 3D printing reduces the need for complex designs. This means that the resulting parts and parts are just as powerful, but made in a shorter range. And they can assemble faster. The 2015 Woholer’s report stated that motor vehicles accounted for 16.1% of the 3D printing market for that year. Since then, that number has increased significantly. Audi, Rolls-Royce, Porsche now use additive manufacturing techniques to print metal prototypes and spare parts for their vehicles. As technology becomes more capable, cost-effective and easily accessible, additional automotive organizations will incorporate it into their regular production processes.
3. Vehicle autonomy is getting closer
Automation happens at the same speed for consumers, but the difference is that the vehicles themselves gain autonomy. Highways and fully autonomous cars are expected to be on the roads in the next few years. Some estimates claim that 15% of new vehicles sold in 2030 will be fully autonomous once the technology is optimized and refined.
Electric vehicles are also becoming increasingly important as society collectively moves toward more efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. With each passing year, they become more capable, more sustainable and more profitable. McKinsey also claims that by 2030, the share of electrified vehicles could range from 10 to 50% of all new car sales. Adoption rates are expected to be higher in urban and denser areas. Cities have tougher emissions solutions and more incentives for consumers to go green.