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VinFast deploys Siemens' full portfolio to deliver cars ahead of schedule

Released at: 14:18, 06/09/2019

VinFast deploys Siemens' full portfolio to deliver cars ahead of schedule

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Siemens helps VinFast achieve automotive production timeline for building the factory, car design, and start of production in just 21 months.

by Doanh Doanh

VinFast, Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer, has successfully produced its first vehicles ahead of schedule after using Siemens’ portfolio of integrated software and hardware.

Siemens helped VinFast achieve its automotive production timeline for building the factory, car design, and start of the production in only 21 months - well ahead of an already ambitious schedule. This is half of the average time to build such a manufacturing plant. The VinFast plant in northern Hai Phong city went live in June and has a total design capacity of 250,000 cars per year. The first vehicles have been e-scooters, compact cars, sedans, and SUVs, which will be followed by battery-powered electric passenger cars and electric buses.

The entire value chain has been integrated and digitalized with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio, which includes the Xcelerator portfolio of software and Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). Xcelerator enables the creation of the most accurate digital twin, melding model-based simulations with test data and real performance analytics with intelligent edge control.

“VinFast and their new production site are a great example of how the automotive industry is driving the digital transformation of manufacturing,” said Mr. Bernd Mangler, Senior Vice President, Automotive Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries. “We are proud that we contributed with our offerings to create virtual and real production lines, including the technology for continuous optimizations along the entire lifecycle of the equipment, and of course, all in record speed.”

VinFast is using Teamcenter software as a backbone of collaboration for product lifecycle management and NX software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), to develop the digital twin of cars and production. Teamcenter connects the digital twin with a consistent digital thread, which is helping VinFast increase speed and flexibility in development, optimize manufacturing processes and use the insights gained from product and plant operations to improve future performance.

VinFast has also implemented Siemens Opcenter software (formerly Simatic IT Unified Architecture) to increase production speed and quality. This MES solution supports closed-loop manufacturing by driving real-time production data to the digital twin of product and enables innovation of product design and production operations.

Automation is realized by the modular and flexible automation concept Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), which controls and drives all production. VinFast deployed Siemens’ automation equipment for its manufacturing lines in all shops: the press shop, paint shop, body shop, assembly shop, and sub-assembly and engine shop.

Simatic Controllers enable VinFast to automate factory operations such as robots or conveyor lines, including safety functionality. VinFast uses the TIA Portal engineering framework to program automation tasks from the press shop through to final assembly. Simatic HMIs are widely used in the factory, allowing VinFast to operate and observe the status of machines and entire systems for the production staff. Using Siemens’ Industrial Identification products, VinFast can track and trace parts and optimize the entire flow of materials.

In addition, Sinumerik controls guarantee the highest efficiency and quality in their power train machinery. Further portfolio items provided by Siemens feature network components, power supplies, control products, low voltage distribution and switchgears, an energy distribution system, as well as motors and drives. The comprehensive automation components from Siemens enable VinFast to build the factory to global standards.

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