Assembly departments in the automotive sector are usually the least automated processes in the production chain; this means that it’s very difficult to improve parameters such as efficiency, quality alignment and data collection. In order to achieve these objectives our customer, one of the main system integrators in this market, working with the most important automotive manufacturer companies in Italy, needed a modular and flexible system, that was able to communicate simultaneously with old and new equipment to contain costs.
Nowadays, having a good interface is not enough to win an HMI contract; the entire solution needs to be even more flexible by offering more expansion capabilities and greater freedom for the client to choose equipment that meets their exact requirements. The key to Advantech winning this contract was the flexibility of the design. With its high performing communication functions as well as the possibility of adding and expanding the types and numbers of COM ports the client felt that they could not only reduce the cost of any future expansion but also recognized that they would have an attractive, flexible and easy to use user interface.