Part 3: How to get your company on the right track.
One possible way forward for small and medium-sized businesses already emerges from the areas of conflict relating to digitisation set out in part 2. It is definitely a long road, but one that sooner or later all employees will have to travel.more
Part 2: The three greatest areas of conflict that need to be taken into account.
Industrie 4.0 is being "pushed" from many sides, and horror scenarios describing what will happen if the reluctance of the German medium-sized industry continues are being spread. This article deals with some of the basic contradictions in the Industrie 4.0 hype.more
Part 1: Why Industry 4.0 will not work for you
Industry 4.0 is being "pushed" from many sides, and horror scenarios of what will happen if the reluctance of the German medium-sized industry continues are being spread. However, the concept has not been clearly defined. Also, the chief spokesmen in this discussion are largely guided by their own interests.more
When the car suddenly becomes the better smartphone.
The smartphone has literally put everyday things in your pocket. Almost on the quiet, MP3 players, appointment calendars, cameras, lexicons, e-mail clients and telephones have merged into one universal device. It is no wonder that the majority of us have our telephones with us 24/7, but we hardly ever use it to actually make a phone call.
ADAS – not a disease, but the way to future "piloted driving"
Helps the driver whenever and wherever help is needed.
ADAS: although it sounds like a disease, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the exact opposite is the case, as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance) systems are there to help the driver: whenever and wherever help is needed.
Sunlight in the tank
How agile development methods help to overcome fears concerning the range of electric cars.
Solar cells on roofs have become a common sight. The sunlight absorbed is converted into electrical power, and is thus able to supply an entire house with electricity. The advantages of this form of renewable energy are obvious – no annoying price fluctuations imposed by electricity suppliers, lower CO2 emissions and the sun is an inexhaustible resource.more
No second chance at a first attempt
Marriage station conversion under time pressure.
At first, the integration of a new vehicle model into an existing assembly line sounds like the everyday project life of an engineering service partner such as EDAG Production Solutions (EDAG PS). However, if only half of the time the conversion would actually require is available, then the planning team faces a very real challenge.more
Team spirit boosts morale
How Vanessa Raab, Sales Manager for vehicle integration handles the balancing act between customers and colleagues.
Professional success yes, but the question is: is there a special knack to it? A great many young people aspire to a career with technical or managerial responsibility. But how is it possible to achieve this aim? What is the decisive factor for bringing about the kind of results that will win you kudos for your efforts?
If you want to move the car, you can't expect to stay put.
Flexible thinking strategies lead to the city car of the future.
It seldom happens that an established auto brand unexpectedly takes the world by surprise. What Opel have set in motion with their new models over the past two years is nothing less than a U-turn for the brand. Or a case of "re-parking", to use the language of the Rüsselheim company's huge advertising campaign. Opel is suddenly in trend.more
When success feels good.
At just 26 years old Carina Roth is Team Leader for Seat Development at EDAG. But she doesn't see anything special in that.
Whether a car feels good or not is usually determined by superficial factors such as how does the engine sound, does the car pull away when you put your foot down, how much room is there inside, how do the doors open, what does the steering wheel feel like?more
It doesn't matter who you are as long as you're good.
Tatjana Karlej is a Professional Consultant at Feynsinn / EDAG. And has confidence in the team's trust.
Anyone who chooses a career as a consultant needs one thing above all besides a head for figures and plenty of experience: self-confidence. As having been to university is not enough to be able to optimise processes and projects.more
Shape the work yourself.
Stefanie Lurz is a Team Leader and responsible for the process and product data flow that is necessary to develop and produce cars.
What actually makes a job good? Is it just a fair wage and human working hours? Or is there more to it? One factor that is often called for by employment experts but is only rarely implemented by companies is staff not only being able to shape their work but also the way of working themselves in future.more
Start-Up Feeling in the Mexican Automobile Scene.
How EDAG engineers set up the first and largest vehicle testing centre in Central America.
Today, it is just not possible to construct a car and hope that it will automatically work anywhere in the world. You need the right attitude to be able to understand what the market and the customer really need.more
EDAG Quality Engineering 4.0 – Progress with Saxon Roots.
Development centre for semantic-based vehicle diagnosis gives new impetus to auto industry.
"Saxony: 'Autoland' in the Automobile Nation" is how Saxony is currently promoting the industrial region as part of its "this is Saxony" image campaign.more
The stuff that change is made of.
EDAG Light Cocoon - possible paradigm shift for future mobility.
It has always been difficult to assess the long-term significance of inventions. When Nikolaus August Otto invented the four-stroke engine in 1862, many people failed to realise that this milestone was about to change the world. Whether or not this flash of inspiration was the decisive factor in the triumph of the automobile is still not clear. But nevertheless, it was important.more
The Way to Industry 4.0 is via Product Development.
Why companies should now be re-structuring their processes.
In the future, traditional processes will be stretched to their limits. It is the catchphrase of the last few years. It can be heard at every industrial congress. Talks are held on it, and workshops offered. The major multinationals want it, small and medium-sized businesses want it, and even the German government has it on its agenda: Industry 4.0.more
South Korean Design and European Taste.
Crossing technical borders to find the smartest development solutions.
The South Koreans can be proud of themselves – over the last few years, they have succeeded in winning over more and more car buyers, also on the European market. For those on a lower budget, there are a host of features and a long warranty period - arguments that obviously count in the marketplace.more
How a dissertation student at EDAG helps to shape the future of the commercial vehicle industry.
More and more goods are being transported on the motorways, and there seems to be an ever-increasing number of heavy goods vehicles on the road. The German government anticipates an increase of almost 40 % in freight transport by 2030, but the idea that goods transport might one day be transferred to to the railways remains very much a pipe dream.more
Where the boundaries between engineers and fans become blurred.
If, apart from motor racing, there is any branch of the mobility industry that goes far beyond technology and stands for passion, love, speed, freedom and adventure - for some of the strongest feelings that technology can induce - then it has to be the motorcycle sector.more
In the driving seat.
Smart development always also keeps an eye on cultural requirements.
No-one would question the idea that a top-class saloon can be regarded as a status symbol. An Audi A6 driver wants to show not only that he has good taste and appreciates exclusive technology and a luxurious ambience - but also that he has worked hard to earn these attributes. This at least holds true for Europe.more
Additive manufacturing (3D printing).
How the "EDAG Genesis" turned the automobile world upside down.
Everyone is talking about "3D printing". Ever since consumer printers for € 1,000 began to flood the market, the extent of the new potential of additive manufacturing technology has been absolutely clear. Additive manufacturing is already in use in the aerospace industry and medical technology. But so far, almost exclusively for prototypes in the automotive industry.more
Putting ideas into practice - worldwide.
Global enthusiasm for a joint theme.
Say what you like about globalisation, one thing is certain: it helps the world to cross economic and cultural boundaries and move closer together. This is not necessarily due only to the rapid evolution of the Internet, but also to mobility: because the reputation of a good auto brand applies worldwide. In Asia, America or Europe, people everywhere want to feel the same kind of enthusiasm for a new car. Enthusiasm for the automobile is something that we all share - it connects us, no matter where we live.more
A case for EDAG.
When, in late summer, the roar of engines can be heard at the Hockenheimring, it does not necessarily mean that the Formula 1 pilots are out in force. Once a year, the people who will later be building what excites millions of motor sports fans have the chance to take to the track themselves. Formula Student has been the international design competition for students since 2006. The aim is to design and construct a one-seater racing car within a year, and then compete in it against teams from all around the world in a 5-day event.more
Standing the test of millions of years.
EDAG's design (r)evolution.
The production of our cars will undergo enormous changes in the future. This was proved by the EDAG study "Genesis" at the beginning of 2014 (Link to Genesis). The prospect of of using additive manufacturing to "print out" not just individual parts but also complete vehicles according to requirements and taste is now becoming a very real possibility, and offers unthought of potential for the construction of lighter and better cars.more
Pedestrian protection doesn't only happen on the road.
When pedestrian protection standards go beyond legal provisions.
Sporty design is trendy! Young, dynamic and expressive – values that you often find in modern-day vehicles from premium manufacturers. They shape a design language that can be found everywhere in vehicles: a flat design and low front. What sounds exceedingly positive at first proves not to be an advantage in all aspects when you take a closer look.more
The show must go on.
Using our own technology to get concept and show cars ready for the stage.
For motor shows, fairs or exhibitions - show cars simply have to look good.
At major shows, the general idea is that the highlights will include a (usually non-functioning) prototype to give an impression of the innovations the leading vehicle manufacturers have in store. In the past, most concept cars really were fakes: "dead" vehicles or shells that were displayed for people to look at and admire.more
Intelligent headlight with a high IQ.
We often experience feelings of uncertainty when driving through thick fog or on dark nights. For some of us, the fear is even more pronounced, and they just leave their cars at home. The fear of colliding with an oncoming vehicle because a driver on the other side of the road is driving on full beam and dazzles them is too great. In a purely reflex action, the driver either screws up his eyes, or averts them from the road.more
No product recalls - the best form of advertising.
Assembly Care improves your products during the manufacturing stage.
Futuristic designs, speed or increasing vehicle safety are not the only ways of recognising developments in the automotive industry: the development towards autonomous driving is also a clear sign of progress.more
The person in the machine.
A learning-based concept for automated driving.
Highly automated driving, ADAS, autonomous driving – terms that have been in people's minds for a long time now. Only the experts know the exact difference. But when we hear them, we all understand more or less the same thing: hands off the steering wheel! Suddenly, "keep your eyes on the road", something we all had to learn, no longer seems quite as important.
One for all and all for one.
Combining forces to master the everyday challenges of an urban environment.
More and more people are migrating to the big cities - Hamburg, Berlin, Munich. There are reasons for this: cities are not just centres for the major international companies, they also offer a huge range of leisure and shopping facilities.more
A completely new type of design competition
Or when designers become superstars!
The spotlights are positioned, the microphones adjusted, every step has been rehearsed. The atmosphere is electric and the make-up crew are applying powder to the last beads of perspiration. Here we are, in the midst of the preparations for the presentation and adjudication of the Design Intelligence Award (DIA) in Hangzhou.more
What do bus seats, aircraft cabins and air guns have in common?
Not an easy question to answer – we have certainly already sat on the first of the items, possibly seen the inside of the second, and a few of us might even have held the third in their hands.
And yet they appear to be connected by something - or somebody: EDAG's Spanish subsidiary Rücker Lypsa S.L.U.more
Futuristic bike concept with series potential.
When Sebastian Sturm, a member of the Motorcycle team at EDAG Munich, presents his innovative motorcycle concept to his friends, it is sure to meet with incredulous astonishment. Even experienced bikers will look twice and have to rub their eyes in disbelief.more
How an entire industry still has a hard time dealing with flexibility and agility.
Not only does the Internet of Things improve the networking of devices, people and things, it also makes for faster development and buying cycles. Smartphone users, for instance, always have their mobile Internet to hand, and can indulge in a spot of shopping whenever the mood takes them – just a few clicks and the new songs have been bought and downloaded, or a pair of custom-made sneakers ordered.more
Learning from the know-how in our own ranks
How young talents become managers.
Leadership is not everyone's thing. And talent certainly no guarantee of automatic success. Despite their abilities, junior staff need guidance and orientation to develop good leadership qualities. This requires a great deal of experience, knowledge and, most importantly of all, interpersonal skills, because the important thing is to coordinate corporate objectives with the personal targets and characters of employees and supervisors.