Migration Manufacturing – A New Concept for Automotive Body Production

  • T. P. Meichsner
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


The increasing individualization in the automotive industry characterized by so called ‘model offensives’ together with pressures due to high costs, shorter product life cycle, rising diversity of models and quantity volatility, demand new concepts in the production of vehicles. This is particularly true for ‘niche cars’. These difficulties are a motivation to develop a new concept for the body-in-white production, which is highly flexible with respect to models and variants that will be denoted as the “Migration Concept”. The concept can be applied to other product categories and industries and can therefore be named as Migration Manufacturing. Its essential characteristics are themanufacturing of different body work models and their variants on one production line, as well as the ability to extend the basic layout along the “migration path”. The specific changeability of a body-in-white production with regards to the integration and removal of newmodels and versions is called “Migration”. The production volumes proportion of the specific models can vary in great range and the investments are flexible according to the required volume. The paper describes the basic concept, its components and production phases, as well as its comparison with the conventional transfer lines.


Real Option Flexible Manufacture System Unit Output Vehicle Body Body Production 
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  • T. P. Meichsner
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  1. 1.Wilhelm Karmann GmbHOsnabrückGermany

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