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Audi AG Ingolstadt: Final Car Assembly



 Audi AG Ingolstadt

Sector:  Automotive

The optimized production control system using flexis Balancing and flexis Sequencing contributes to increased productivity in the Audi plant in Ingolstadt. Audi AG in Ingolstadt was able to reduce its operating costs significantly. The scheduled color changeovers were reduced by more than 90 percent as a result of using flexis Balancing and flexis Sequencing. This not only meant a decrease in costs andless paint consumption, but also increased productivity. The investment was amortized in just over 4 months.
Heinz Braun, Audi AG

Audi Ingoldstadt – Complex planning in minutes
In 2004, Audi was already able to implement complex planning problems in a very short time with flexis Sequencing. The easy to comprehend and graphic optimization model of the sequencing solution can be adapted to the changing daily circumstances and therefore simplifies sequencing. Instead of calculating the customer mix manually, which is time consuming, the solution at Audi in Ingolstadt generates a high quality result, which takes into account spacing, transition, and block constraints as well as different heuristics, such as uniform distribution.

Premiere of the next generation
With flexis AG updating its technologies, the existing and proven solution at Audi was refined even further. After a successful test phase with a transitional flexis solution, which showed how much added value the upgrade will yield, Audi Ingolstadt now uses the new flexis sequencing module 5.0 for sequencing.

With this update, an aggregation display (color, engine type, attributes) as well as a sequence quality evaluation are possible directly after sequence generation. Until now there was an additional step between sequencing and evaluation: data had to be exported and later imported to assess the sequence quality in a report system.

Fast and easy sequencing
Sequencing and its monitoring are merged in the new sequencing module, which noticeably accelerates sequence generation. In addition, flexis now needs only a third of the time for sequence computation. flexis 5.0 is more than just a refinement of the previous version; the update opens up completely new possibilities with regard to software user friendliness and planning simplification



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