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Manufacturing

In the early days of the production lines some wished to have the choice over the color of their car, but Henry Ford responded: "You can have any color you want, as long as it is black".

Today it is rather the opposite: Top car manufacturers say it is rather a coincidence to assemble two similar cars in a day with exactly the same set of configurations chosen by the customers.

Rigid manufacturing lines and mono rails for moving the cars, bodies, chassis and other sub-assemblies are hitting the limits, future manufacturing processes needs more flexibility.

We are witnessing the transition towards the mobile platforms replacing the rigid production lines and mono rails on the main line. AGV-platforms for "walk-by assembly" of engines, axles and other sub-assemblies as well as AGVs for supply of the main line are already standard for years…

Automotive is probably leading this transition, but the same is happening in other manufacturing industries…