Siemens, Nissan team to digitise electric powertrain production

Siemens, Nissan team to digitise electric powertrain production

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens is working with Nissan to build production lines for a new all-electric crossover vehicle at the company’s plant in Tochigi, Japan.

Nissan is using key digital technology across the Internet of Things to build the Ariya crossover which is based on a newly developed electric powertrain that aims to standardize the processing and assembly.

The line will use Siemens’ safety PLC Simatic S7-1500, ET200SP distributed I/ O module as Siemens One Single Solution (OSS). Profinet creates end-to-end communication from the field to the management level, and the engineering framework TIA Portal has also fully integrated all automation devices.

This enables complete access to the entire digitalized automation process, from digital planning to integrated engineering and transparent operation.

The Siemens diagnostic commissioning system Sidis Pro, which has already been deployed in many automobile companies around the world, is implemented at Nissan’s new production line for data writing into the electronic control unit (ECU) and verifying automotive electric components. This is a vehicle diagnosis and inspection data management system that supports the inspection processes and helps the digitization of production lines with maximum flexibility in automotive production as it is easily modifiable depends on the production plan.

The same software can be used for different applications, enabling system standardization and ensuring that fewer resources perform for more tasks even at other production sites. 

Nissan had already been using the Siemens Digital Industries software portfolio to optimize design and production with digital threads that enable Nissan to connect a wide variety of sources of information across product lifecycle management (PLM) platforms. 

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“The successful launch of the new production lines is a milestone in the collaboration of the two companies,” says Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries CEO. “Climate change and stringent environmental regulations are powerful drivers for the development of electrified powertrains. We will bring in all of our cutting-edge technologies to this collaboration to enable a highly flexible, efficient and sustainable automotive production.”

“At our Nissan Intelligent Factory in Tochigi, we are building the future of mobility. It enables us to not only improve the work environment but also to realize a zero-emission production system. To digitalize our new electric vehicle production line, we chose to work with Siemens, our innovation partner and one of the leading companies in industrial automation and digitalization, because they have the necessary expertise in this area,” says Teiji Hirata, Corporate vice president, Vehicle Production Engineering and Development Division at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Siemens continues to support Nissan in digitalizing and electrifying the production facilities and contribute to the realization of Nissan Intelligent Factory vision.

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