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Source: BMW GroupMiniature factory big: How a fischertechnik model helps to simulate production processes at the BMW Group in Landshut In the light metal foundry of the BMW Group plant in Landshut, the start-ups of the production facilities are to be made safer and more efficient with the help of standardization and virtual commissioning. A factory model from fischertechnik supports the foundry specialists with the simulation. Landshut. fischertechnik is not only at home in children’s and young people’s rooms, but has long since found its way into ultra-modern production facilities: In the light metal foundry of the BMW Group plant in Landshut, Lower Bavaria, the control technology foundry specialists use a fischertechnik factory model to prepare complex production processes and systems “With a production volume of over four million cast parts per year, efficient production processes are an absolute must. At the same time, our parts must meet the highest quality standards, ”explains process planner Robert Seider. Together with his colleagues, he oversees a project for the standardization of the plant technology in the Landshut light metal foundry. “Our goal is that the plant technology for new casting plants is standardized, i.e. always created according to the same framework conditions – both in terms of software and hardware”, so Seider. That means: The programming of the casting systems must always contain the same basic functions and must not differ in structure and design from system to system. “We provide additional applications that are not required by every production system using a defined module catalog. The system programmers can make use of this, ”says Seider. The same principle applies to the visualization and operating logic of the production systems. Another important component: the system programming is tested by means of virtual commissioning before implementation so that potential errors in programming and production processes do not even arise. In order to illustrate the complex production processes, the specialists at the light metal foundry fall back on a factory model from fischertechnik. The miniature production facility comprises several production steps that are connected to one another via a conveyor belt and a vacuum suction gripper. The sorting line contained in the model, the milling cell, the high-bay warehouse and the simulated heat treatment are work steps that also occur in the light metal foundry. Connected to a programmable logic controller, the miniature factory implements the manufacturing steps specified by the software. The three-dimensional miniature image of the subsequent production environment offers the BMW Group’s foundry specialists considerable advantages: In contrast to conventional two-dimensional plans, every change in space can be made simulate and assess intuitively. In this way, quick and flexible adjustments are also possible at short notice, without the complex CAD reconstruction of the real structures, which has been the norm up to now. “The interplay of standardization and virtual commissioning is intended to shorten the project planning time and the commissioning phase – while increasing the start-up quality at the same time,” said process planner Seider. If you have any questions, please contact: Saskia EßbauerBMW Group Corporate Communication and Political Communication Landshut Telephone: +49 871 702 3232 E-Mail: Internet: E-mail:

The BMW Group Plant Landshut In the BMW Group Plant Landshut, around 4,000 employees produce engine, chassis and body structure components made of cast light metal, plastic components for the vehicle exterior, body components made of carbon, cockpit and equipment, electric drive systems, special motors and cardan shafts. These components are supplied to all BMW Group vehicle and engine plants worldwide. In every BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce there is a piece of Landshut’s innovative strength. As a competence center for the future technologies of lightweight construction and electromobility, the Landshut plant is not only involved in the development processes of new vehicles at an early stage. At the component location in Lower Bavaria, items are also created for the pioneering BMW i models and the BMW brand’s flagship, the BMW 7 Series. The BMW Group’s Lightweight Construction and Technology Center (LuTZ) is also based in Landshut. Specialists from a wide range of disciplines are jointly researching innovative high-tech materials as well as tailor-made mixed construction concepts and production processes for the mobility of tomorrow.


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