IoT and gas springs for a more efficient auto industry


Extracting metals and minerals from the earth and using them for manufacturing is one of the human activities that has the greatest impact on the climate. Nor is it free: a medium-sized manufacturing company’s energy bill can be as much as SEK 1 million per month.

The exciting news right now is that industry is on the brink of an efficiency revolution. Digitalisation and concepts like Industry 4.0 have huge potential, where it will be possible to improve the efficiency of the value chain end-to-end, from raw materials extraction to finished products, usage and recycling.

Working smarter with what might seem to be trivial elements can have major impact. To take one concrete example: the machines that mould vehicle chassis are dependent on “gas springs” to work. Gas springs are also critically important to the quality of the end product. The problem is that gas springs are often incorrectly used, which results in more maintenance, shorter product lifetime and scrapped parts. In a nutshell: waste of materials, energy and money.

Cybercom and Strömsholmen, the world’s leading manufacturer of gas springs, have solutions for these challenges. Real-time information showing the condition of a gas spring makes it possible to take the right action at the right time. This increases the product lifetime and results in more efficient production with a lower energy requirement.

Connected products equipped with sensors, data communications in harsh environments and, naturally, management of huge datasets processed to become useful and value-creating decision input, are all necessary for this to work.

The effects have knock-on effects too. Connecting gas springs used for almost half of global vehicle chassis production will create huge opportunities to improve the efficiency of the entire value chain. That is exactly what Strömsholmen is doing, in partnership with Cybercom.

 

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. The goal is to build up a resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.