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How Edge Cloud 4 Production Will Revolutionize Factory Automation

Centralized, not decentralized; local servers, not hundreds of industrial PCs; software, not hardware: with the local server solution Edge Cloud 4 Production, Audi is initiating a paradigm shift in automation technology. After successful testing in the Audi Production Lab (P-Lab), three local servers will take over directing workers in its Böllinger Höfe manufacturing plant. If the server infrastructure continues to operate reliably, Audi wants to roll out this automation technology, the only one of its kind in the world, for serial production throughout the entire Volkswagen Group.

Audi wants to be the first manufacturer in the world to turn to these kinds of centralized server solutions in cycle-dependent production. In the Böllinger Höfe plant, the Audi e-tron GT quattro and the R8 share an assembly line. The small-scale series e produced there are particularly well suited for testing projects from the P-Lab and trying things out for large-scale series.