New BMW 7 Series Begins Full-Volume Production Thanks To High-Levels Of DigitalizationAuto News
BMW has begun production of the new 7 Series limousine at its Dingolfing Plant in Bavaria, Germany.
The production process for the new limousine is supported by a range of innovative solutions. For assembly of less-ordered special equipment, such as the rear centre console, the vibrating alarm of a smartwatch alerts employees on the corresponding section of the line that an “exotic” is coming up and gives them instructions for additional work steps.
Data glasses are also used in training new staff. Virtual assistance is projected into the employee’s field of vision as they learn new work steps. This enables rapid, sustainable learning in pre-assembly of complex components like the tail light.
This augmented-reality application is used at assembly training centres and constantly refined in agile working methods in close cooperation between production planning and IT.
Digitalisation is also making further inroads in supplying assembly lines with components. The latest generation of autonomous tugger trains is currently being piloted on longer routes between the warehouse and assembly hall.
The capabilities of driverless tugger trains go beyond automation of earlier solutions. New and smarter logistics helpers will enable dynamic route guidance according to delivery priority, with active obstacle avoidance.
The new BMW 745Le also highlights the Group’s latest hybrid powertrain technology- an electrified six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbocharged engine delivering a system output of 394 horsepower. The new fourth-generation traction battery is also manufactured at the nearby Competence Centre for e-drive Production, together with other hybrid system components.
BMW Plant Dingolfing also produces the all-new 8 Series, the entire range of the 5 Series, both the 3 and 6 Series Gran Turismo, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Semi-finished body shells (termed body-in-white) for Rolls Royce vehicles are also produced at this massive site.