Geek+ and BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) recently announced the successful automation of an advanced car-manufacturing factory in China. The facility is famous for being the first BMW factory in China and produces some of BMW’s most iconic car models, such as the 5-series and the X5. By using Geek+’s innovative goods-to-person solution based on Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), BBA now has a solution that’s expected to improve productivity, enhance efficiency, and optimize resource allocation. This collaboration makes it the world’s leading BMW-producing facility that uses goods-to-person AMRs.
Geek+ is a key player in automating various industries and a leading global leader in AMR technology. The company brings its specialized technology to BMW Brilliance Automotive’s production facility to strengthen the end-to-end value chain and digitalization. The decision to automate the factory aims to keep up with the rapidly accelerating demand and modernize the operations. The solution was deployed at high speed and was created entirely with BBA’s requirements in mind, customized to meet their unique needs. AMRs were in place and deployed ahead of schedule, requiring only two months from start to finish.
BBA and Geek+ have been collaborating to develop both software and hardware that will aid in the digital intelligence upgrade. The new software is expected to improve warehouse management systems by connecting upstream and downstream systems, while enhancement of AMRs goes beyond the traditional warehouse functions to support BBA’s production requirements. The hardware upgrades are customized to meet BMW and the automobile industry’s specific requirements, ensuring efficiency and flexibility.
The plant represents a significant milestone for both companies in their march towards Industry 4.0. Ralf Schieder, the Vice President of BBA Strategy and Logistics, said in a statement: “This project is an important step in BMW Brilliance’s move towards smart manufacturing and digital factories, and a key milestone in our logistics transformation! I like to call it ‘collaborative innovation.’” To realize the project, both companies closely worked together to develop an efficient and flexible smart logistics solution that interweaves the warehouse management system into one. Not only was the coherence achieved, but the system also provides more flexible and faster solutions for renovations and upgrades, setting an example of a people-oriented, sustainable, and green factory for the industry.
Yong Zheng, founder and CEO of Geek+, expressed pride in their achievement and said that working with BMW Brilliance Automotive in creating digital logistics and advancing the digital standard in the auto-manufacturing industry was a real pleasure. This digital upgrade has successfully put BBA in the driver’s seat for the ongoing digital transformation in their industry.
Apart from producing iconic high-end cars, the factory is recognized for its highly sustainable advanced production technology, environmentally friendly plant design, and various environmental protection and energy-saving measures. The plant is a model of a modern, green facility that factors in the need for sustainability and environmental protection. Geek+ and BBA will continue to refine the operational processes and human-robot interaction to continue producing cars ready for the future.
In conclusion, the successful collaboration between Geek+ and BMW Brilliance Automotive is a significant milestone in Industry 4.0. The integration of technology with car-manufacturing is expected to provide efficient and flexible solutions for future upgrades and renovations, setting an example of a sustainable green factory in the industry. The digital upgrade accomplished will provide BBA the driver’s seat in ongoing digital transformation in the auto-manufacturing industry.
Geek+ is a global leader in robotic solutions for logistics. We develop Autonomous Mobile-Robot (AMR) solutions to realize flexible, reliable, and highly efficient automation for warehouses and supply chain management. Geek+ is trusted by over 700 global industry leaders and has been recognized as the world leader in autonomous mobile robots. Founded in 2015, Geek+ has over 1,500 employees, with offices in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore.
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