The BMW Group announced it has received the Prix de la Technique 2017 at the prestigious Surcar Congress in Cannes for its concept for comprehensive paint shop digitalization at the company’s new plant in San Luis Potosi, which will begin series production in 2019.
The Surcar Congress is where experts meet and exchange on all aspects of car body finishing, including manufacturing, assembly, surface treatment and coating.
The BMW paint shop uses sensors for ongoing monitoring of automated production processes. Intelligently networked systems enhance the stability of process sequences, enabling predictive maintenance and ensuring the highest quality.
Online process control combines the strengths of algorithm-based analysis of large data volumes with employee experience: As a result, humans can focus more on their role as architects of the production process, since real production data is sorted and optimally pre-structured for them. Error potential can be detected in time and rework avoided.
In May 2017, the BMW Group began using fully-automated quality control for the first time at its Munich plant, with robots scanning the entire outer vehicle surface. The system is capable of detecting errors the human eye cannot perceive. The data obtained in this way also provides valuable feedback on the precision of upstream painting processes – allowing continuous optimization and timely identification of defect potential.
The same quality control will be installed at the new plant in San Luis Potosi.