Automotive

Published on August 5th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair

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Production of the Facelifted C-Class Begins in Germany

At the Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen the first C-Class Saloon of the new generation rolled off the production line. The transition of the highly varied series took place during full capacity and within one day. In the highly flexible production, digital solutions and shopping carts are used to control diversity. The new C-Class will be produced in four plants on four continens. Following the lead plant Bremen the plants in Tuscaloosa (USA), East London (South Africa) and Beijing (China) gradually start production of the high-volume model. The global production is steered through the plant in Bremen.

Digital and flexible production

The assembly of the new C-Class uses state-of-the-art digital production technologies and forward-looking Industry 4.0 solutions. These makes it possible to optimize the material flow, further increase efficiency and flexibility and further improve ergonomics for employees. For example, preloaded shopping carts are delivered to the production line by driverless transportation systems and paper documentation is replaced by mobile devices such as tablets, Mini-PCs and Smart PDAs in accordance with the “paperless factory” concept.


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