Digitalization in the automotive industry -
a multi-faceted challenge

The automotive industry is facing dramatic changes. Global issues such as climate change, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) are influencing both the sales market and production. 

An increasing proportion of vehicle users are prioritizing connectivity and digital features over traditional quality parameters such as driving performance or trunk size.  

This puts manufacturers at risk of lost sales. Increasingly, IT and software companies are aggressively entering the market. These companies bring user interface and user experience expertise that the automotive industry lacks. 

As a result, an internal revolution is taking place among leading players in the automotive industry: Executives have realized that the rapid digitalization of their own companies will determine their future economic success. 

This is not just about the digital design of the end product, the car. There are also many opportunities in manufacturing to benefit from intelligent networking. 

The Future of the Automotive Industry: Focus on Digital Tools

The traffic turnaround proclaimed by politicians marks the impending upheaval in mobility. The automotive industry has a responsibility to create solutions for sustainable and attractive means of transportation.  

Board members and managers of international automotive brands confirm that IT departments within companies are currently growing strongly as a result. But while building digital capabilities is the right thing to do at the right time, it is no guarantee of success.   

The truth is that digital tools have been used in everyday production for years. This is necessary, for example, to prove that companies are complying with environmental regulations. In addition, cloud systems and robotic assemblies are an integral part of production lines. 

However, there is a lack of common standards and scalable software capabilities. To meet the challenges of the future, the automotive industry needs comprehensive digitization, including vendor-neutral IT systems.   

Whether development departments, production facilities or suppliers - all players use their own digital programs that are limited to their specific purpose. The current state of digitalization in the automotive industry is a patchwork of different software systems without compatible interfaces.  

This creates a huge administrative and service overhead. Content cannot be transferred automatically. Developing new software based on existing structures takes time and resources. 

Flexible data collection and processing on the shop floor

A key to success for automotive companies is to switch from reaction to action.  

The need to innovate is undoubtedly in the automotive industry's DNA. From the invention of the internal combustion engine to revolutionary safety features such as airbags and e-mobility, the industry's pioneering technology has always been directly linked to commercial success.   

In terms of the digitalization of the automotive industry, this means that production structures are needed that anticipate future changes today. Short innovation cycles, on the other hand, make reactive solutions obsolete.  

But what does future-proof digitalization for the automotive industry look like in practice?

  1. Software centralizes data and makes it available for flexible use.   
  2. Production parameters can be viewed transparently and are recorded automatically.   
  3. Data is system-independent thanks to open formats.   
  4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning continuously optimize your structures.  

Specifically, system-independent digital tools enable the following benefits for companies:

  • Data sets become accessible to all departments. This strengthens internal collaboration and accelerates planning processes.   
  • You are flexible in your cooperation with partner companies. Instead of first having to establish common structures and data standards, you simply make content available in open formats. You avoid transmission errors and save development costs.   
  • Quality control and materials testing become more efficient. In many companies, NDT testing in particular still runs largely in analog form. Thanks to automatic data acquisition, you will be able to transfer test results in real time in the future.   

DIMATE offers individual solutions for the digitalization of the automotive industry

At DIMATE, we help industrial companies in various sectors to implement digitization in line with their needs. As experts for the digitalization of non-destructive material testing, we offer the necessary software basics so that you can individually optimize your testing workflow.   

In doing so, we rely on the following principle: tailor-made features, system-open formats.   

The data you acquire with the help of DIMATE PACS can thus be flexibly integrated into your ERP and QA environments. Process and manage the data of all inspection modalities in one software - independent of location and without delays.   

You determine the degree of automation for data analysis yourself. If desired, we can realize fully automated evaluations with artificial intelligence. 

Transfer and store inspection data in the open DICONDE format, which meets the requirements of an internationally recognized standard (see ASTM E2339). Exchange inspection order data sets worldwide with partner and third-party companies.   

With DIMATE PACS, you improve inspection processes qualitatively and save costs at the same time. Automobile manufacturers, for example, transfer inspection results automatically and reproducibly to the digital vehicle file. This is how you prove that you meet safety standards and environmental guidelines.   

The digitization of the automotive industry is leading to the merging of product and service. Here, too, there are various possible applications. For example, inspection systems can continue to record component values during maintenance and warn of wear and tear.   

Would you like to learn more about the DIMATE PACS and its many advantages?
Request a demo and we will show you how you can digitize your inspection processes and thus save time and money.

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