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VinFast Deploys Siemens’ Full Portfolio To Deliver Cars Ahead Of Schedule

VinFast Deploys Siemens’ Full Portfolio To Deliver Cars Ahead Of Schedule

VinFast, Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer, has successfully produced its first cars ahead of schedule using Siemens’ portfolio of integrated software and hardware. By deploying its portfolio, Siemens helped VinFast achieve its automotive production timeline for building the factory, car design and start of the production in only 21 months, well ahead of an already ambitious schedule. This is half of the average time to build such a manufacturing plant. The VinFast plant in Hai Phong went live in June 2019 and has a total design capacity of 250,000 cars per year. The first vehicles have been E-Scooters, compact cars, sedans, and SUVs. These will be followed by battery electric passenger cars as well as electric buses.

The entire value chain has been integrated and digitalised with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio, which includes the Xcelerator portfolio of software and Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). Xcelerator enables creation of the most accurate digital twin, melding model-based simulations with test data and real performance analytics with intelligent edge control. VinFast is using Teamcenter software as backbone of collaboration for product lifecycle management and NX software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), to develop the digital twin of cars and production. Teamcenter connects the digital twin with a consistent digital thread, which is helping VinFast increase speed and flexibility in development, optimise manufacturing processes and use the insights gained from product and plant operations to improve future performance. VinFast has also implemented Siemens Opcenter software (formerly Simatic IT Unified Architecture) to increase production speed and quality. This MES solution supports closed-loop manufacturing by driving real-time production data to the digital twin of product and enables innovation of product design and production operations.

Automation is realised by the modular and flexible automation concept Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), that controls and drives all productions. VinFast deployed Siemens’ automation equipment for its manufacturing lines in all shops: press shop, paint shop, body shop, assembly shop, sub-assembly- and engine shop. Simatic Controllers enable VinFast to automate factory operations such as robots or conveyor lines, including safety functionality. VinFast uses the engineering framework TIA Portal to program automation tasks from the press shop through to the final assembly. Simatic HMI’s are widely used in the factory, allowing VinFast to operate and observe the status of machines and entire systems for the production staff. Using Siemens’ Industrial Identification products, VinFast can track and trace parts and optimise the entire flow of materials. In addition, Sinumerik controls guarantee highest efficiency and quality in their powertrain machinery. Further portfolio provided by Siemens features network components, power supplies, control products, low voltage distribution and switchgears, an energy distribution system as well as motors and drives. The comprehensive automation components from Siemens enable VinFast to build up the factory with high quality of global standards.

“VinFast and their new production site are a great example of how the automotive industry is driving the digital transformation of manufacturing,” says Bernd Mangler, Senior Vice President Automotive Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries. “We are proud that we contributed with our offerings to create the virtual and real production lines including the technology for continuous optimisations along the entire lifecycle of the equipment – and of course, all had to happen in record speed.”


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Appvantage Celebrates Seven Years Of Innovation

Appvantage Celebrates Seven Years of Innovation

Singapore: On 13 April 2018, Appvantage Asia, an automotive digital solutions provider, celebrated its seven years of empowering automotive brands with the delivery of digital solutions to original equipment manufacturers, their captive financiers, and the auto finance industry globally.

Established in 2011, the Singapore-based company has expanded globally, serving businesses across 22 countries and supported by branch offices in Myanmar, China, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

The company develops bespoke digital solutions and systems for the retail automotive industry heavyweights like Daimler, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Jardine Motors Group / Cycle & Carriage in Singapore with a dedicated in-house development team.

It acts as an industry catalyst in connecting the customer directly with the brand by focusing on the end-user customer journey. This marks a significant shift towards technology-enabled transformation in the automotive ecosystem through customer self-service enablement.

“Technology is often an important lever to enable companies to change the basis of competition. Our goal is to revolutionise the automotive industry and as a starting point, we are helping companies to digitalise the car purchase process by building user experiences on top of their legacy systems,” according to Moritz Rossmanith, regional business development manager at Appvantage.

He added: “We help our clients by offering a modern digital customer journey, whilst concurrently leveraging their existing in-house systems to retain digital data security.”

Starting with less than five employees, Appvantage has grown to a headcount of 30 digital automotive personnel. Having delivered over 80 unique solutions globally, the company is one of the forerunners of automotive “design sprints”.

Led by Eng Poo Yang, chief executive officer and founder, the firm’s design sprint can last from one to three weeks and follow a unique process tailored to each client—business processes, situations, limitations, special requests, aesthetic demands, and technological needs.

After an initial discovery session, the company’s user experience team proposes a strategy from the data gathered during the workshop and help to convert the idea into an interactive digital prototype. This allows for use experience testing and collection of data for validation, with added fast-track option to begin solution development when ready.

Mr Eng states, “Appvantage aims to empower all players within the automotive ecosystem—from brands, to consumers, and everyone in between.”

Coinciding with their seventh year, the company has embarked on phase two of a game changing strategy that will transform the way vehicles are acquired. This digital platform brings the entire automotive buying and ownership experience together, connecting all parties in the car buying process—from purchase to repurchase by digitally connecting brands, consumers, financial institutions, insurance providers and service workshops together.



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