Mercedes-Benz pioneers ‘Digital First’ production for next-generation MMA platform

London, 20 September, 2023, (Oilandgaspress) – Mercedes-Benz is using in the production the digital twin to plan, retool and ramp-up production of its new MMA platform at its factories in Rastatt (Germany), Kecskemét (Hungary) and Beijing (China). This “Digital First” approach enhances efficiency, avoids defects and saves time, marking a step-change in the flexibility, resilience and intelligence of the Mercedes-Benz MO360 production system.

The introduction of the Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA), which was showcased at the Munich IAA MOBILITY in September in the Concept CLA Class, marks the next step in making the MO360 digital production ecosystem more intelligent. The company uses this flexible production system to network around 30 Mercedes-Benz plants worldwide using real-time data. With MO360, Mercedes-Benz is able to produce electric, hybrid and combustion models on one factory line in order to scale the production of electric vehicles in accordance with market demand.

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The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt, Germany, showcases digital twin technology for introducing next-generation vehicles in a way which results in only minimal interruption of assembly in existing halls. With the ‘Digital First’ approach, Mercedes-Benz ensures that the new production line for new models on the MMA platform in the existing Rastatt plant can be modified, configured and optimized using high-precision digital simulation techniques. The exact position of machines, supply routes and production lines can be determined and simulated in advance without interrupting the production of the current compact cars A- and B-Class, GLA and EQA. Furthermore, production can be ramped up significantly faster when compared to a conventional planning process. Mercedes-Benz is investing a low triple-digit million euros amount to prepare the Rastatt plant for the new models of the next-generation. The virtual ramp up in Rastatt will serve as a blueprint for the global production network which includes the cooperation plant in Beijing.

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