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INDUSTRY: Automotive

REGION: Europe, Africa, Americas, Asia, Australia / New Zealand, India

 

Challenges

Audi faced logistical challenges due to the high complexity of automotive parts and limited space at the assembly line, necessitating a labor-intensive, three-week manual planning process.

Outcomes

By implementing mathematical optimization models, Audi transformed the planning process into a one-click solution, significantly streamlining logistics and enhancing efficiency in the assembly line.

Summary from interview with Philipp Münch, Data Scientist, Audi

We offer Gurobi as a service, and we provide our services in two distinct ways.

The first way is a more manual process where customers come to us with their data, and we compute an optimal solution for them, tailoring it to their needs. They send us their data, and we send back the solutions.

The second way is through applications that customers can use themselves. They input their data into a system they’re already familiar with, and we implement something like an “optimize” button. This allows them to receive optimal recommendations directly within the applications they already know.

In automotive logistics, there’s a particular problem that stems from the high complexity of parts. We offer customers many customization options, with the steering wheel being a great example. For one car, there might be 40 different steering wheels, and we can’t place them directly at the assembly line due to limited space.

So what we do is pre-sequence the parts, placing them in a designated logistics area where they’re brought into sequence. Then, they’re transported to the assembly line in the correct order for the cars being built.

This used to be a massive manual planning effort, where eight people would lock themselves in a room for three weeks, cutting out paper snippets to place them on a layout of the logistics area to come up with a good solution. Now, it’s just the press of a button away.

Audi Solves Complex Logistics Challenges in Seconds

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