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The Smart Factory project at Audi AG in Ingolstadt prepares its production for the future.

At "Audi TechDay", every year current trends are presented and a look behind the scenes of the Smart Factory is given. The "Smart Klaus" has already overcome the stage of development and is currently used in the series production of door assembly of the of Audi A4.

At the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, the belts for the Audi A3, A4, A5 and Q2 models now run at 88-second intervals. Every 30 seconds, a car is completed on one of the three lines and leaves the factory. This makes Ingolstadt the second largest automobile factory in Europe. Ingolstadt, too, is increasingly relying on disruptive change. Production is moving away from the assembly line and towards modular assembly using intelligent assistance systems. The "Smart Klaus" is such a system and a welcome colleague in Ingolstadt. Ultimately, it not only prevents errors, but also reduces the stress on workers.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO RELIEVE STRESS AND AVOID ERRORS IN REAL TIME

The "Smart Klaus" supports the workers in the Audi A4 door pre-assembly with the very demanding and complex wiring. The range is several hundred different variants. Previously these had to be selected manually and installed in the right place. In the top versions of the A4 up to 14 plug connections are incorporated in the door panels (for window regulators, loudspeakers, central locking, mirror adjustment and other Audi optional extras).