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Audi Tests Assembly Processes For The e-tron GT Entirely Virtually

Auto News - Published on Mon, 22 Jul 2019

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Audi is embracing virtual reality with the Audi e-tron GT: Using VR glasses and controllers, employees from various departments test all assembly processes entirely virtually. Audi has developed in-house its virtual reality software for the process. This relies on 360-degree scans that provide a three-dimensional indoor map for the virtual space. The technology is being used for the first time for testing the assembly processes for the e-tron GT at the Neckarsulm site. This is the first time that workflows along the assembly line and the associated logistics processes are being tested entirely virtually in the “3P workshops”. In the production system, 3P stands for the Production Preparation Process, and is used for process validation. With the workshops, the planners along with colleagues from Logistics, Assembly, Pre-Series Center and Quality Assurance run through all the work steps and check the planned processes for their feasibility. Are all the work steps ergonomically sound? Is the positioning of the tool trolley right? Hitherto these tests used to be conducted in workshops on prototypes.

Mr Markus Moinot, Head of Production Planning Processes in Neckarsulm said that “The e-tron GT is the first vehicle in the VW Group to dispense with an actual prototype in the 3P workshops.”

The “3P workshops” project is the result of close collaboration between Assembly Planning in Neckarsulm, Assembly Planning in Ingolstadt and the Audi Production Lab. The team in the P-Lab developed the software in-house. It is now being used for the first time in Neckarsulm as part of planning for the e-tron GT. The digitization of the workshops drives forward the company’s digital transformation.

The switch to the digital world promotes collaboration between the teams and sites, while also saving resources, for instance thanks to fewer business trips. As such, the technology has enormous potential for the entire Volkswagen Group.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 22 Jul 2019
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