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Flexible production over several levels using Siemens technology

To ensure maximum flexibility, the sports car maker left the traditional conveyor belt behind. At the so-called “Flexi-Line”, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), which are equipped with Siemens technology components, take the car bodies from one production station to the next. Operating cycles can be adapted to the actual needs and, for example, stop an AGV to perform automated tasks and then speed it up to move on to the next processing station. The conveyor technology solutions from Siemens connect the individual workstations and transport the car bodies. In addition to the automated guided vehicles and the door conveyor system, heavy and tilt EMS hangers are used. These enable ergonomic working, as the car bodies can be rotated 110 degrees in both directions so employees can access all vehicle areas without difficulty. 
Due to the efficient project management, the line could be erected in parallel with the other works and the ongoing operation of sports car production. The complete final assembly process was implemented on the basis of the engineering framework Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal, fully automated with Simatic controllers, and equipped with drive technology components from Siemens. 
To ensure maximum flexibility in production, automated guided vehicles take the car bodies from one production station to the next.
In addition to the automated guided vehicles and the door conveyor system, tilt EMS hangers are used to ensure ergonomic working conditions.
As, due to several building restrictions, the final assembly production line had to be built up vertically, a manufacturing concept has been developed in which each level is used for production purposes. 
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Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed companies Siemens Energy, the global energy business of Siemens, and Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the energy systems of today and tomorrow as well as the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (as part of Siemens Energy), Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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