BMW Group Plant Dingolfing tests fully connected logistics

Dingolfing. Autonomous, connected and intelligent: As
part of a three-year research project supported by the Bavarian
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, the BMW
Group and three partner companies from Bavaria are exploring the
possibilities for making BMW Group Plant Dingolfing a smart factory
for logistics.

The “Autonomous and Connected Logistics” research project was
officially launched in September 2019 and is now entering the
practical phase. A number of innovative Industry 4.0 production
technologies are being combined in an overall concept and tested under
real conditions at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. Behind the project is a
vision of fully connected production in which autonomous transport
systems, logistics robots and mobile devices seamlessly communicate
with one another and with the control system.

Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger: “With this
highly innovative project focused on developing autonomous and
connected logistics processes and creating a 5G testbed, the
Dingolfing site is presenting itself as a pioneer in the future field
of Industry 4.0. As part of the “Regional Alliances Autonomous
Driving” research and development initiative, we are contributing
around 3.23 million euros to support the Bavarian economy with
successfully shaping the digital transformation. In this way, we are
helping Bavaria exploit its capacity for innovation to the full in the
international marketplace.

In recent years, the BMW Group production network has piloted several
logistics solutions independently of one another, winning the German
Logistics Award in 2019. The research project will now move forward
with further development to achieve maximum connectivity between
individual logistics solutions and integrate them into the BMW
production system. The BMW Group is contributing around 4.8 million
euros towards the project costs.

Dr. Thomas Irrenhauser, responsible for Innovation and Industry 4.0
in the Logistics division and head of the project: “Connecting our
innovative logistics solutions creates additional transparency over
material and machine movements and enables us to explore how we can
best exploit the potential of fully connected production for BMW Group logistics.”


5G testbed as a key driver

Testing of 5G wireless technology, which, over the course of the
project, will be set up at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing as a trial
network, will play a key role in linking different logistics
solutions. The new mobile telecommunications standard allows large
data volumes to be transferred within a very short time. 5G enables
real-time connectivity between machinery and equipment. Within the BMW
Group production network, the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture
has already rolled out the 5G wireless communications network across
all its three plants. The long-term goal is to set up a 5G network at
all BMW Group plant locations worldwide.

Further sub-projects will explore the use of logistics robots, mobile
devices and digital displays in the logistics process and test
connectivity between different systems. Peter Kiermaier, head of
Logistics Planning at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing: “We also want to use
new technologies to increase transparency in conventional processes
and enable smooth coupling of manual and autonomous technologies.”

The research consortium is made up of three further Bavarian
companies alongside the BMW Group: m3connect GmbH from Rosenheim is
working to set up a private 5G network at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing;
Stäubli WFT GmbH from Sulzbach develops and produces transport
solutions that can manoeuvre autonomously through logistics areas.
Scientific monitoring for the project is provided by the Institute for
Engineering Design of Mechatronic Systems MPLM e.V. – IEDMS e.V.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Bernd Eckstein, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Head of Communications
Telephone: +49 8731 76 22020, Email:

Benedikt Fischer, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Communications
Telephone: +49 8731 76 25449, Email:

Hanns Huber, Communications Production Network BMW Group
Telephone: + 49 89 382 31181, Email:


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The BMW Group Plant Dingolfing

Plant Dingolfing is one of the BMW Group’s 31 global production
sites. At Plant 02.40, about 1,500 cars of the BMW 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Series roll off the assembly lines every day. In total, the plant
manufactured nearly 330,000 cars in 2017. At present, a total of
approx. 18,000 people and 800 apprentices work at the BMW Group’s site
in Dingolfing.

In addition to the automotive core production, BMW Group Plant
Dingolfing is also home to production facilities for vehicle
components such as pressed parts, seats as well as chassis and drive
components. Due to the plant’s aluminium expertise in vehicle
construction and longstanding experience in producing alternative
drives, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing furthermore provides crucial
components for the BMW i models – such as high-voltage battery,
e-transmission and the drive structure – to the production site in
Leipzig. In addition, Dingolfing produces both high voltage batteries
and electric engines for the BMW Group’s plug-in hybrid models.

The car bodies for all Rolls-Royce models are also manufactured at
the site. The Dynamics Centre, a large storage and transshipment
facility, provides the global BMW and MINI dealership organization
with original parts and equipment.


The BMW Group

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Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
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conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.