Nissan is digitalizing its EV production line in Tochigi, Japan to standardize the processing and assembly of the electric powertrain.
For its new all-electric crossover Ariya, Nissan is digitalizing its EV production line in Tochigi, Japan while employing the Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled hardware, software, and digital services from Siemens. That will allow the Japanese automaker to standardize the processing and assembly of the electric powertrain at its smart factory in Tochigi.
The software deployment includes Siemens’ safety PLC Simatic S7-1500, ET200SP distributed I/ O module as well as Profinet, which creates end-to-end communication from the field to the management level. Then there is TIA Portal, an engineering framework fully integrated into all automation devices.
Source: Siemens Digital Industries Software
Nissan is also implementing Siemens’ diagnostic commissioning system Sidis Pro for data writing into electronic control units (ECUs) and verifying automotive electric components. Sidis Pro, a vehicle diagnosis and inspection data management system, provides optimal support for inspection processes in highly-automated automobile production systems. It can also be used for other applications to enable system standardization and optimize resources at vehicle production lines.
Such end-to-end digital threads allow automakers like Nissan to connect various information sources across product lifecycle management (PLM) platforms. Moreover, they enable access to the entire digitalized automation process: from digital planning to integrated engineering and transparent operation.
This article was originally published on EDN.
Majeed Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of EDN and Planet Analog, has covered the electronics design industry for more than two decades.