Siemens and Nissan digitize production lines for new Ariya crossover electric vehicle
- August 30, 2022
This cooperation is underpinned by Siemens’ portfolio of IoT-enabled digital hardware, software and services, the open digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator.
Siemens, a leading supplier of industrial automation and software, is cooperating with Nissan to build production lines for the new all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover at the company’s plant in Tochigi, Japan. Both companies rely on their long-standing cooperation. Nissan was already using the Siemens Digital Industries software portfolio to optimize design and production. End-to-end digital threads enable Nissan to connect a wide variety of information sources to product lifecycle management (PLM) platforms.
“The successful launch of the new production lines is an important milestone in the collaboration between the two companies,” said Cedrik Neike, Board Member of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industries. “Climate change and stringent environmental regulations are strong drivers for the development of electrified powertrains. We will bring all of our cutting-edge technologies to this collaboration to enable highly flexible, efficient and sustainable automotive production. »
“At our Nissan Intelligent Factory in Tochigi, we are building the future of mobility. This allows us not only to improve the working environment, but also to achieve a zero-emission production system. To digitize our new production line of electric vehicles, we chose to work with Siemens, our innovation partner and one of the leaders in industrial automation and digitalization, because they have the necessary expertise in this field,” said Teiji Hirata, corporate vice president, Vehicle Production Engineering and Development Division, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The system architecture of Nissan’s new electric powertrain aims to standardize powertrain processing and assembly. It includes Siemens Simatic S7-1500 Safety PLC, ET200SP Distributed I/O Module as Siemens One Single Solution (OSS). Profinet creates end-to-end communication from the field to the management level, and the TIA Portal engineering framework has also fully integrated all automation devices. This enables full access to the entire digitized automation process, from digital planning to integrated engineering and transparent operation. Smarter automobiles require more and better electronic control units (ECUs) in the vehicle, as is the case in the new Nissan Ariya. The Siemens Sidis Pro diagnostic commissioning system, which has already been deployed in many car manufacturers around the world, is implemented on Nissan’s new production line for writing data to the ECU and verification of automotive electrical components.
Sidis Pro is the advanced vehicle inspection diagnostics and data management system that provides optimal support for inspection processes to enable automotive production quality. Sidis Pro manages a wide range of data with server functions, contributing to the digitization of production lines. It allows maximum flexibility in automotive production as it is easily changeable according to the production plan and changes can be accommodated quickly. The same software can be used for different applications, allowing system standardization and ensuring that fewer resources perform more tasks, even at other production sites.
Siemens continues to support Nissan in the digitalization and electrification of production facilities and contributes to the realization of Nissan’s smart factory vision.
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