Tom, Joe and Lanna from The Manufacturer editorial team return to bring you the third installment in this technology series. How will a cloud-based manufacturing solution drive future electric vehicle production?
Hello, listeners. This week’s episode explores the opportunities and misconceptions of cloud-based manufacturing programs. In the case of Britishvolt, the company responsible for the UK’s first Gigafactory, the Infor CloudSuite Automotive program was selected earlier this year to lead operations at the facility. Infor’s Andrew Kinder explains why such a scheme is appropriate for managing the £3.8 billion North East facility and David Therefall discusses the rationale for the selection as well as the future landscape of UK EV deployment and infrastructure.
We also welcome Fractory to the podcast. CEO Martin Vares, TMMX Awards finalist in last year’s Young Manufacturer of the Year category, explains some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to cloud solutions.
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Britishvolt CIO David Therefall on the future of EV manufacturing:
“The market estimates that by 2030 it will be around 90 gigawatts to meet the demand for electric vehicles we believe. By the end of the fourth phase, Britishvolt wants to produce around 43 gigawatts.
So it’s a pretty high percentage of that. In terms of infrastructure, it really needs to be accelerated. One gigafactory is not enough. But within the UK we are really fortunate to have one of the best infrastructures, if not the best, when it comes to battery innovation. Think of institutions like the UK Battery Industrialization Center and Warwick University. So we can draw on a lot of that expertise and R&D.”
Andrew Kinder, Infor’s Head of Industry Strategy, explains why a cloud solution is best suited for this project:
“He (David) only looked at cloud solutions. One of the reasons is that when you scale a business, you won’t be working with a large IT team. They want a lean IT team and want to be able to learn with them.
Second, they (Britishvolt) knew from the start that they wanted standardized and industry specific processes. When you have a cloud solution like ours, you get the processes as part of the solution, but you also get cloud-ready, which means no modifications are required – it’s always up to date. You can count on your Concentrate on the business and let the system take care of itself.”
Martin Vares, CEO of Fractory on the common misconceptions of cloud-based manufacturing:
“There is the very obvious fear of cybersecurity. In fact, the older systems that many organizations are currently using are less secure.
So we’ve compared them to our platform, for example, where you can upload a CAD file and get your price right away.
People are afraid that CAD file will travel and end up in places they’re not supposed to, but little do they know that it’s actually much safer than emailing your files.
“Another misconception about cloud manufacturing is that it is only for prototyping and not for setting up long-term manufacturing orders. Actually that’s not true, it works just as well for one-off pieces as it does for long-term commissions or projects. I think at Fractory the longest we’ve seen was two years – one with monthly deliveries. It is definitely available to build almost mass production with cloud manufacturing.”
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