Automotive & robotics

Digitisation and flexibilisation of vehicle production along the value stream

Automotive & robotics

Future-proof solutions for the automotive industry

Vehicle production of the future is based on the cornerstones digitisation, flexibility, and sustainability. All processes are well networked, safe, and secure; following the Industry 4.0 concept of a Smart Factory. The most important in production is the human being, whose comprehensive support is provided by Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV), innovative Identification Technologies (RFID), and collaborative robots (Cobots). Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analysis, and Predictive Maintenance ensure high transparency in planning, control, and quality. Existing plants, “brownfields”, need to be prepared for the Internet of Things. New plants, “greenfields”, will be fully digitally planned and simulated in advance.

As a reliable partner for Automotive & Robotics, our customers can be sure of:

Highest quality

Highest quality

As a company, we attach great importance to the highest level of quality in the development of our portfolio.

Global footprint

Global footprint

With our global orientation, we are very well suited to the requirements and business cases of our customers

Focus on market requirements

Focus on market requirements

With our smart and intelligent portfolio, we give sustainable benefits in the context of Industry 4.0

Proven track record

Proven track record

Through our years of experience in the OEM area, we are an experienced and reliable partner for our customers.

Research & development

Research & development

As a future-oriented company, we deal with solutions for topics such as flexibility in production or eMobility

The mobile network 5G has a strong focus on machine-type communication and the IoT. That is a crucial difference to previous mobile radio generations. Numerous uses and applications in industrial manufacturing and production are imaginable. This applies in particular to automotive engineering, where the greatest possible flexibility and real-time behaviour are of great importance.

Elmar Zimmerling, Global Segment Manager Automotive & Robotics

Facing market challenges with innovation and passion

Flexibilisation of production

In the future, the connectors themselves will be intelligent - new connection technologies and integration techniques are being researched to implement intelligent connectors for sensors and actuators. This lays a further foundation for the realisation of Industry 4.0 and the creation of cyber-physical systems.

Digitisation in automation

As a cornerstone of the future development of automation, digitisation continues to play an elementary role. As a member of 5G-ACIA, we play a major role in specifying and developing future industrial needs and standards, use cases, and related hardware components. New digital business models, human-machine collaboration, as well as AI technologies will be the driving force behind this.

Sustainability & e-mobility

Electric cars must be holistically trimmed to sustainability - that starts with its production, the total energy requirements in a complex supply and logistics chain, to the final assembly of all parts in the factory. Key challenges include power management, battery technology, and charging systems. The battery itself makes up a significant proportion of the energy required for production and has profound implications for the body shop and the multi-material mix in production.

Autonomous driving vehicles

Autonomous vehicles will become moving office and living rooms in the future. The user experience of a vehicle will no longer focus on driving, but on the experience of space and use of space. However, especially in the interior, the cars will be designed completely different from today. This requires new products, applications and new machinery on the part of the suppliers.

Make your production fit for the Industrial Internet of Things

Digitisation in the industrial environment is often associated with Industry 4.0

The capture, combination and analysis of valuable data from different data sources is a complex task - unless you only have the latest machines and systems (“greenfield”) based on the Industry 4.0 communication standard OPC-UA. Still the reality looks different. In the environment of heterogeneous machinery (“brownfield”) with different construction age and different communication, you have to retrofit Industrial IoT ability here and there. This is precisely where Weidmüller provides tailor-made Industrial IoT support.

  • Machine connection to a cloud
  • Energy monitoring [as a digital service]
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Quality monitoring
  • Optimisation of machines in the field
  • Remote Access

Products and solutions for Automation & Robotics

Energy Management

The prerequisite for a sustainable production in Automotive plants - awareness of sustainability - has increased significantly. Weidmüller EM solutions enable a gradual improvement process in factories to continuously reduce energy consumption and thus energy costs.

Connectivity Solutions

Reliable connections, even under extreme conditions in robot-assisted manufacturing is a longstanding practice in car production. We are specialists in reliable and proven solutions for the electrical connection and wiring of various robots and their tools.

Power Management

Power supplies are usually given less attention compared to other functions of a plant. But if the 24V-DC supply fails, important parts or the whole production can shut down. The unique concept of Weidmueller´s Smart Grid 24V-DC is based on smart power supplies in conjunction with smart electronic load monitoring.

Industrial Analytics

Today, the understanding of machinery and production data is a crucial success factor in every industry. Industrial Analytics support your machine operators and service technicians through the use of proactive notifications based on the realtime analysis of your machinery data.

Ultra-efficient power distribution

The increase in energy efficiency, the volatility of energy supply, and a globally fluctuating energy quality are challenges that productions must face in the near future. In the industrial environment today the three-phase 400 V AC power supply is standard. Here a conversion of electrical energy from AC voltage to DC is always necessary. Today’s energy-efficient, variable-speed electric drives and frequency- and servo inverters - robots, CNC kinematics, conveyors, indexing tables, etc. - already have a DC intermediate circuit internally. As part of a consortium of well-known companies, we are engaged in the development of real industry use cases for DC based scenarios.

Contactless power transmission up to 240 W

Contactless power transmission up to 240 W

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Burnt, bent, or dirty contacts are often the cause of time-consuming and costly production failures. Often found in automotive production technology, e.g. industrial robots performing frequent tool changes. Weidmueller FreeCon Contactless is an innovative puzzle piece of Industry 4.0 - flexible and maintenance-free.

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