Rockwell Issues “State of Smart Manufacturing Report: Automotive”

June 21, 2023

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Watch: The Impressive Manufacturing Process Behind the New 2024 Mercedes Coupe
From the pressroom and body shop to the assembly line and on to battery production, this video provides an all-encompassing tour of the Mercedes-Benz production facility in Bremen, Germany, tasked with gearing up production of the electrified 2024 Mercedes CLE. That platform, set to replace the C- and E-Class coupes, will be revealed in July 2023, prior to the planned start of North American sales in 2024.

The 17-min. 28-sec. video provides a pass through the press shop in the Bremen facility, home to (reportedly) one of the most modern servo-press lines in the world, which also features inline robotic inspection. Also on display: Body-shop innovations developed to optimize flexibility, using production cells (or cubes) that can be flexibly combined with each other based on production schedules.
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PMA to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Premier Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference in Greenville, SC
Leaders in the automotive-supply industry will gather in Greenville, SC, October 26-27, 2023, for the 30th annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference (APSC), produced by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and MetalForming magazine. Among agenda items: venture startups in the automotive industry; the impact of EVs on metal formers; opportunities for metal forming in the energy transition from renewable energy and batteries to electrolyzers and fuel cells; and legal and regulatory issues.

Also featured: a roundtable discussion moderated by Steve Horaney (MEMA) and featuring Michael Haughey (North American Stamping Group) and Donna Kuhr (PTM Corp.).
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