The automotive industry is changing
In the digital age, companies are constantly striving to balance quality, performance and costs. For the automotive industry in particular, this manifests itself in the customizations along the entire production chain. Customers now have a tremendous number of options to customize their vehicles to suit their individual tastes, for example. The product variation spans the A to Z of automobiles, from automatic to zero-emission, which places rising demands on production.
What does this mean for production companies?
The automotive industry is changing. The integration of digital processes as well as the demands placed on employees in terms of skills and abilities are changing considerably with it. Product variation continues to grow, with almost every customer expecting a customized car within the shortest time possible. This increasing variety is making production more and more complex and putting employees under enormous pressure.
Equipped for the future with innovative work stations
Two Styrian companies in the automotive industry have acknowledged this challenge and are equipping themselves for the future. They have selected innovative work station solutions by the KNAPP group, produced by KNAPP Industry Solutions and ivii GmbH. With these solutions, they are armed and ready to face the onslaught of customization within the production chain emerging from digitization.
Some of you may recognize the green and yellow logo from lorries on the motorway, others will know the company name. Jerich International is a supplier of vehicle body parts headquartered in Gleisdorf, Austria, with subsidiaries across the globe.
Herbert Jerich Jr. recognized the challenge of customization even in the face of digitization, 100 % quality and just-in-time delivery. He wants to optimize quality processes while relieving the strain on his employees.
Only 3 mistakes are allowed per year
“Quality is our top priority,” explained Herbert Jerich Jr. in an interview with Victoria from ivii. His employees check vehicle body parts 8 hours a day, according to the 6-eyes principle. Failure to concentrate for just a moment, fatigue or distraction can lead to major errors. Jerich employees are allowed three mistakes per customer each year and check a whopping 100,000 parts annually. If more than three errors occur, Jerich loses its important status with its customers as an A supplier. In the worst-case scenario, they can even have their accreditation as a supplier suspended. A possible error would be delivering the wrong vehicle body part to the customer, for example. A barcode that has been covered by mistake also counts as an error.
Digital eye assists employees with quality assurance
Jerich was looking for a system that most closely resembled the human eye. This “digital eye” would fulfil the requirements for high quality and simultaneously reduce the strain on employees. Now, an ivii.smartdesk with an integrated image processing system and optimal lighting concept is assisting employees with their daily work.
There are different ways to improve the quality in production and relieve strain on employees. One of these ways is industrial image processing by ivii.
Jerich International is investing in the future and enhancing their picking work stations with image processing technology by ivii – all while keeping the focus on the person.