We use cookies and similar technologies on this website ("Cookies"). In order to allow their use to analyze website usage and to enhance functionality, please click on “Accept”. To change the settings and select which specific Cookies we are allowed to use, or to obtain more detailed information, please click on “Details”.




Below, you can activate/deactivate the individual technologies that are used on this website.
Consent to all

These Cookies make a website usable by providing basic functions such as page navigation, language settings, and access to protected areas. As the website is unable to function properly without them, you cannot opt out of this kind of Cookies.


These Cookies help us to improve the functionality and attractiveness of our websites, and your user experience by saving, for example, your settings, and selections as well as filters, and to recognize your device on subsequent visits.


These Cookies allow us, and the service providers (e.g. Google via the Google Analytics service) to collect and analyze information and statistics about your interaction with our website. This helps to optimize our website using the findings obtained.

  • Dürr Consulting offers advising, planning and managing

Dürr Consulting speaks about assembly of the future

As part of the Automotive Engineering Expo 2019, held on 4 and 5 June 2019 in Nuremberg, Andreas Hohmann, Director of Dürr Consulting, gave a talk on the assembly of the future and the associated challenges for future manufacturing concepts.

“Always one step ahead” – in today’s agile world, this the key to having a decisive competitive edge in the future. In the context of current challenges in the manufacturing environment, driven by electric mobility, changing customer behavior, digitalization, and globalization, Andreas Hohmann reported on the key success factors in future car production.

Factories are being redefined

Plant managers are facing the challenge of new criteria for creating the factory of the future. In addition to the increasingly tightening manufacturing times (HPVs), other variables moving ever further to the fore are greater variant complexity, a global manufacturing network, shorter ramp-up times to the start of production, and the energy self-sufficient factory. This results in new “enabling technologies”, such as digitalization. “The factory of the future must be transparent, scalable, and flexible. The only way to achieve this in the future will be through the use of digital solutions and technologies on the shop floor,” stated Hohmann during his talk at the Automotive Engineering Expo.

Digitalization is the key

Adapting car assembly to changing requirements in the future will require innovative solutions that model the processes and workflows on the shop floor centrally and digitally. “Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES for short) were just the first step here in ensuring transparency in the factory of the future in the long term and in serving as the basis for new digital applications,” pointed out Andreas Hohmann in his presentation with subsequent discussion. It is a matter of moving away from the traditional IT architecture and rethinking the networking of machines and systems. Decentralized modules in the cloud are the next step in adding flexibility to car assembly.

Autonomous driving may bring changes

“Autonomous driving is inevitable – it’s just a question of when!” That will also change today’s assembly concepts. Will the car drive itself through the assembly line as soon as the wheels are fitted? Will the vehicle pass through the end-of-line area to its parking position autonomously? “These are complex questions we should already be thinking about today,” said Hohmann. “We have the opportunity now to make Germany attractive again as a location, so we should do that.”

  • Causal link between future mobility and production. New products and trends influence the future production.

  • Design characteristics for flexibilization.