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More efficient e-car production

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Digital Twins can also go electric

The automotive industry is changing rapidly and this is forcing companies to constantly deal with new challenges. The demand for electric vehicles is increasing worldwide, while at the same time customers want cars with more custom design options – while for the comming years conventional drivetrains will be in demand. That’s why the automotive industry is searching for new opportunities to boost its efficiency in vehicle design and production. This greater efficiency is possible thanks to a unique portfolio consisting of our cutting-edge automation solutions and the Digital Enterprise Suite, our innovative software offering for the digital transformation with a focus on the Digital Twins throughout the entire value chain.

At a glance

Automation highlight for the e-car production

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Digital Twins

Digital Twins move e-car production into the fast lane

There’s a concept according to which everything in the real world also exists in the digital world. That’s the Digital Twin. It encompasses the entire value chain and exists in three variants.

Design and simulation in a virtual environment
From the development of individual parts to the simulation of physical behavior, our digital tools enable the realistic visualization of new vehicles with no need for construction of actual prototypes.

Digital Twin of the product

Based on a powerful data backbone we offer design solutions for all new electric components in e-cars, battery simulations, and the optimal integration of all components into a high-performance vehicle. For the first time, the specific challenges of e-car development can be efficiently mastered thanks to simulation-driven product design. In addition, new design and simulation solutions help to optimize the development of battery cells, modules and packs . Simulations across multiple domains also play an important role when designing extremely powerful drivetrains for electric vehicles. The intelligent integration of all components with the aid of the Digital Twin is a big step forward to autonomous driving – an essential future technology.

Portfolio of solutions

Planning and simulation of production
How can robots and people work together optimally? What do ideal processes look like? Detailed simulations and tests prior to the start of production facilitate the optimization of production.

Digital Twin of production

The Digital Twin of production makes it possible to develop more flexible and powerful production plants – both greenfield and brownfield. It covers the entire e-car production process, comprising the classic bodywork production and new areas such as e-motor and battery production. Comprehensive planning and simulation software helps to shorten the ramp-up time. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and powerful SIMATIC controllers, as well as the TIA Portal engineering framework, provide greater flexibility. Proven Siemens technology enables the simulation, optimization, and automation of battery production. Our automation solution also allows powerful, process-optimized production lines for electric motors and conventional engines.

Portfolio of solutions