RAN-based Automotive Network - Transparent and optimum management of processes in the motor-vehicle industry

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RAN-based Automotive Network - Transparent and optimum management of processes in the motor-vehicle industry

Individual vehicle preferences, new drive technologies and permanent innovations are giving rise to an ever-broader range of models. For this reason, motor-vehicle manufacturers are concentrating on their core competencies and reducing the vertical range of production, resulting in complex multi-supplier networks.  

Small to medium-sized companies to corporate groups supply motor-vehicle manufacturers from all over the world. As a result of the global interconnection of suppliers by ship, train and lorry, other enterprises are integrated into the production process. Many businesses are therefore involved in producing a German vehicle, which makes for complex production networks that need to be managed and controlled.  

With standardised processes and the latest RFID technology, the RAN project (RFID-based Automotive Network) intends to establish a means of efficient information exchange for the whole motor-vehicle manufacturing industry with the help of an information broker scheme. The idea is to reach industry-wide agreement for the first time on standardised methods to include all enterprises along the supply chain.  

The information broker will facilitate the standardised exchange of real-time process data for the management and rationalisation of the supply chain in a decentralised network. Assistance systems will compare target and actual data with each other and propose measures when these deviate. With the help of these control concepts, firms can adapt promptly to rapidly changing market conditions.  

Standardised Auto ID equipment and process modules will reduce search procedures, special measures, error correction costs, loss of production, inventories, costly retracing in the case of quality defects and throughput times. Role profiles for the various process partners, such as suppliers, service providers and OEMs will facilitate network integration. This process module will thus provide the components and integration guidelines for new network users.  

Integration is completed with RAN certification. The joint, standardised solutions will be applied as prototypes and verified and optimised in the pilot models. Uniform, industry-wide specifications will facilitate cooperation and save considerable costs. 

Syndicate coordinator: Daimler AG 

Syndicate partners: Bayrische Motorenwerke AG, BIBA - Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (GmbH), BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co KG, Cisco Systems GmbH, Deutsche Post DHL Market Research and Innovation GmbH, EURO-LOG AG, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics - IML, IBM Deutschland, IBS AG, Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb), KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG, REHAU AG+Co., Robert Bosch GmbH, SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG, Siemens AG, Karlsruhe University - Research Centre for Information Technology

Contact RAN

Syndicate coordinator

Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management
Leibnizstraße 2
71034 Böblingen


Michael Patocka
Tel: +49 (0)7031 90-60250