Industry in Germany and Europe, especially the automotive industry, is currently experiencing great changes. Market globalization continues to progress and the industry is now exposed to international competition. The number of different automobile brands, which had been decreasing in recent decades, has expanded in the last few years to include Asian competitors who are now also internationally active. Their products are taking an ever-larger market share due to the extensive fitment of products as standard and a good ratio of price to performance.
In addition, the OEMs are faced with ever-greater product complexity and ever-shorter development and test lead-times.
The percentage of electronic components involving complex software will continue to increase and this will lead to additional challenges in terms of essential validation and verification to achieve the high reliability and quality levels required.
At the same time cost pressures are enormous. By any international comparison, production and manufacturing costs are clearly higher in Europe and especially in Germany. These disadvantages can be countered only by greater innovation and technology, as well as features which will catch the customer’s imagination.
The customer expects not only a vehicle providing excellent performance at a reasonable price: he also expects an innovative, safe, premium-quality, reliable vehicle. These expectations apply to the end-product – that is, the vehicle with all its components. In addition, a defect-free supply chain for manufacturing and production, servicing and the supply of replacement parts must be guaranteed.
This present volume, Robust Production Processes, provides assistance with the following topics:
- How are Robust Production Processes implemented?
- How are Robust Production Processes evaluated or measured?
- How are influencing factors and failures dealt with?
- How can existing production processes be improved?