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Effective change management is a crucial success factor in the automotive industry

Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are under constant pressure to shorten lead times while reducing costs. Consumer demand for new models and options add increasing complexity to this challenge—not just in manufacturing and distribution, but throughout the business.

In an industry where success is reliant on the ability to quickly manage complex changes, the risks of making mistakes are enormous. How can changes be made with the certainty that they will achieve their intended results? For many of the world’s most successful automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Lanner’s predictive digital twin technology provides clarity and confidence, by allowing ‘what-if’ scenarios to be fully tested before committing time, resources and money.

Lanner’s WITNESS Horizon technology offers the flexibility required of the automotive industry to simulate and optimise everything from new facility design to production to supply chain management.

Change Management


New Facility Design

Change Management

Introducing change into the manufacturing process can often reveal unanticipated complexity and consequences. To mitigate the risks associated with change, automobile manufacturers look to Lanner’s WITNESS Horizon predictive simulation technology to build a digital twin of their operations, allowing thorough testing and experimentation of proposed changes before committing the time and resources required to implement those changes. By testing proposed changes in the virtual world first, decision makers have confidence that new changes and investments will deliver the required results. Additionally, the visual nature of simulation and digital twin technology allows for improved communication throughout the organisation, ensuring that all stakeholders understand the manufacturing processes, data and how they affect one another.

New Facility Design

As consumer demand for greater diversity in car derivatives grows, automobile manufacturers must be aware of how they will meet those demands when they expand or plan new facilities. Simulation is an ideal solution for modelling, testing and validating proposed facility designs, before any investment is committed. The simulation model can be used to experiment with various design configurations, optimising performance and analysing how each will measure against particular KPIs. Additionally, models can be built with the future in mind, testing how each design will handle future growth and their ability to provide flexibility to handle changes in requirements. This level of insight ensures that the right design is selected and provides confidence that the new facility will meet demand and perform as intended.

Lanner’s predictive digital twin technology can also be used to model, test and validate:

  • Trim Operations
  • Paintshop
  • Body Assembly
  • Powertrain
  • Stamping Operations
  • Production Design & Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Facilities Layout
  • Capital Equipment Justification
  • Engineering Process Improvement