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What do an X-type welding gun with a direct-drive mechanism, reinforced moulded wood and a modular “world factory” have in common? They are all among the more than 60 concepts submitted for the international Audi Production Award 2011. The motto for 2011 was “Resource efficiency in Production”.
Dr. Frank Dreves, Board Member for Production
After being shortlisted by a panel of judges in a preliminary round, the eight best teams came together on 16 and 17 November 2011 for a finals workshop in Ingolstadt.
“Using resources efficiently is a fundamental issue in our company and an integral part of the Audi production system”, emphasised Dr. Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management for Production at AUDI AG. “But there is no harm in thinking outside the box. The concepts submitted for this year’s Audi Production Award exhibit an array of new approaches and creative ideas.”
Dr. Bernd Griesbach, spokesman for the Pre-Development and Innovation team in Production, was clearly satisfied when he handed over the Audi Production Award: “The eight finalists invested a lot of time and expertise in their concepts, which demonstrates the high quality of the entries as a whole.” Dr. Griesbach stressed that the competition facilitated an international transfer of know-how between science and industry.
At the award ceremony, the collaborative team from the University of California (USA) and the University of British Columbia (Canada) had reason to celebrate: the scientists’ concept convinced the panel and won them the overall award and prize money of €5,000. According to Dr. Griesbach, the concept submitted by the overall winner, Mr Sushrut Pavanskar, is well suited for practical implementation and offers significant potential for savings.
The winning concept “Optimised trajectories for CNC machines” compares various tool paths used by CNC machines with respect to their energy efficiency.
The idea can be adapted to a host of robot and machine applications and is therefore suitable for widespread use in automotive production. Audi is now providing both universities with sample CNC path data so that the model can be tested under realistic conditions. The software system developed as a result will be used by the company in the near future.
Alongside the project from the University of California and University of British Columbia, the team from Wittenstein AG also received an award this year for the concept with the best chance of implementation (“X-type welding gun with direct-drive mechanism”), while the team from the Technical University of Dresden received a prize for the most visionary concept (“Reinforced moulded wood”). A special prize for outstanding dedication was awarded to a team of students from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg for their project entitled “Evaluation of the resource efficiency of production plants”.
The workshop was rounded off by a number of specialist presentations on topics such as “Audi balanced mobility”, “Resource efficiency in Production” and “Strategy in Audi Production”.
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