BMW 7 Series: Production begins

300 million for series 7 The first units of the seventh generation BMW 7 Series It came off the production lines of the Dingolfing factory in Germany. The site has secured €300 million of investment to get its plant ready to host the assembly of the new plant Main From Casa dell’elica, which is expected to arrive in dealerships this fall. Initially, the first models delivered will be those of the variant electric i7To follow the spring 2023 Thermal, diesel and petrol engines will be available, all of which are electrified (either mild hybrid or plug-in).

BMW factory– Dingolfing is it production plant European greater than BMW, Place is carrying out an upgrade to BMW iFACTORY (as the manufacturer itself called it) in light of the next power transition. This new factory model will include light, zero-waste, sustainable, clean and digital production, and with the creation of the i7, assembly and logistics are improved. Moreover, at headquarters, BMW sets important goals: by the end of 2022, 25% of production is expected to be electric (meaning one in four cars will be equipped with an electric motor), a share that will become 50% by 2025.

flexible line – Another advantage of Dingolfing Factory is Flexibility. In fact, the assembly line The 7 Series also includes the 5 Series, 8 Series and BMW iX SUV. Also of note are the greater degrees of “kinship” between the 7 Series and the electric iX: the flagship shares not only some onboard technologies, such as the user interface and driver assistance systems with the crossover, but also some production processes (for example the redesigned assembly station). test benches and a new finishing program).

Efficiency and internal production – The BMW I also managed to save hundreds of millions of euros when converting the assembly line of the new SAiry 7: The structures used to produce the old model are also able to accommodate the construction of the brand’s newest born. While some processes are becoming more efficient, one example is those involving sheet metal bonding or door assembly. It is also produced in Dingolfing the battery high voltage and transition Electric vehicles (which also equip the BMW iX, BMW i4 and BMW iX3) range, while two new production lines will allow the assembly of a number of electronic payment platforms for more than 500,000 electric vehicles annually. The workforce has also increased, today we have 2,300 employees working in the electric mobility department, while in 2020 there were around 600 employees.

Weak, green and digital – the factory BMW iFactory It is based on 3 principles:Lean, green and digitalThe first refers to the great flexibility of the plant, which has production facilities capable of hosting different models, so that it is able to quickly deal with changes in demand, changes in demands or different peak periods of work. Sustainability is the second aspect, where BMW is investing more From 50 million euros in new coating lines to reduce the use of resources in the department Other aspects of sustainable production are energy efficiency, recycling and water management systems The last principle is digitization, which in addition to improving some logistics solutions (automated forklifts and intelligent transport robots) has also ensured Quality control based on artificial intelligence (AI). For example, the AIQX (Artificial Intelligence Quality Next) project uses intelligent sensors and camera systems to record production data in real time using algorithms and artificial intelligence. In addition, the IPS-i IT platform works Thanks to the data, we can create a digital version of the vehicle to simulate the production process and improve assembly times, for example, by studying vehicle, component and tool conditions in the assembly. p line.

Also independent driving – Finally, robotic driving will be tested this month inside the plant: the project, called AFW, expects that BMW 7 Series It continues automatically along a 170-meter track from the initial assembly test area to the finishing area. The car will move from one area of ​​the factory to another thanks to an external infrastructure that guides it and provides it with data and information about the environment (its internal sensors will not be used).

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