The auto industry has long been built on the idea that data-driven manufacturing is the future of production, but the technology is now making the manufacturing process itself more digital.
Here’s how to build it.
The Big Data Boom: Big Data and the Coming of Machine Learning The first wave of big data analytics, including data from the likes of Google and Amazon, helped to make the auto industry a more efficient one, but data can also help companies understand the state of their products and make better decisions.
Now that the auto market has exploded with data, it’s only a matter of time before it’s expanded into other industries.
That’s exactly what’s happening with car engine parts and parts for other parts, like the suspension systems that make up the suspension of your car.
“It’s a data driven industry, and it’s going to take the best data-based manufacturing systems to do it,” says Doug McCurdy, founder of Car Engineering Inc., a company that helps manufacturers and engineers create software that enables them to design, test, and develop parts that work with the right data.
“The auto industry needs to move past the traditional process of putting parts together.
The big data is coming,” he says.
“Automakers are looking at data in their production processes.
They are using that data to find solutions for their problems.”
Data is an integral part of a company’s business, but that’s just the beginning.
There’s also the big data revolution that is coming, which will help auto companies to better manage their factories and ensure the highest level of quality in their vehicles.
“You can see that we have a lot of opportunities in manufacturing now,” McCurdy says.
As cars become more powerful, so does their ability to handle more weight.
This is a major challenge for automakers.
“There’s a huge amount of data in our vehicles,” says Eric Lippman, a senior vice president for automotive research at IHS Automotive.
“We’re going to have to start building those systems, so that we can build the cars that we want to drive.”
Lippmans research team is exploring ways to make cars more efficient by identifying which components work best with data and then designing and building systems that can optimize performance for the data.
That means creating better data-intensive manufacturing processes.
“They’ve got to make sure that everything is being driven by the data,” Lipps says.
He points to the need for a “smart” factory, which requires engineers to have deep knowledge of how the parts work and how they interact with the environment.
It also requires engineers with the necessary skills and expertise to design and build systems that help manufacturers optimize the production process, but with that knowledge comes a responsibility to provide that expertise and to help customers design solutions that fit their needs.
“That responsibility starts with the engineer, who has to have the ability to make sense of what’s coming out of the data and how it affects the production,” Lipsman says.
This requires having a strong, open relationship with customers.
Lipp said that he thinks companies that have a strong relationship with their customers, and that can identify the challenges that are happening in the supply chain, will have the most success.
“I think it’s an opportunity to really build a real partnership with customers, because if you don’t have that relationship, then the customers will have to work really hard to get you the information that you need,” Litzman says, adding that manufacturers will also have to have an understanding of the types of things they want to make in the future, including vehicles for which they are not currently producing.
Automakers are already looking at a variety of ways to get more data from their factories.
Lips says that the company recently started collecting more data about the assembly processes of its parts, and this data is being used to develop a “knowledge base” that automakers can use to improve their factory processes.
The company is also developing an automated process for selecting parts based on their weight.
“Our goal is to automate everything,” Liss says.
The challenge for auto companies is that it will take time to figure out what the best ways are to use data to optimize manufacturing, and what kind of data should auto companies be using.
For example, Lipp says, if you are going to put a new part in the car, you need to know exactly what it’s made out of, and you also need to have that information in the vehicle so you can figure out how much money it’ll cost to produce it.
“But if you know what it looks like, and how you make it, and the cost of making it, you know exactly how much it’ll pay to produce,” Lizzmans says.
Automation is just one of the ways automakers are trying to improve efficiency.
“All of these new technologies, from autonomous vehicles to self-driving cars, are coming in the marketplace,” Liggs says.
Autonomous vehicles are