Fisker Inc | July 06, 2021
Fisker Inc., the passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric cars and innovative mobility solutions, made another major step forward today with the official inauguration of numerous Fisker-dedicated operating areas at Magna’s world-class manufacturing plant Graz, Austria. Henrik Fisker, Fisker CEO and Chairman, were in Graz with teams from engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, and quality to evaluate the new facilities, the progress being made on the road to volume production, and begin a countdown clock timed to the commencement of production.
Co-located Fisker and Magna teams covering areas such as manufacturing engineering and purchasing are now housed in a dedicated program office, conveniently located near engineering, the prototype shop, and future production areas for Body-in-White (BIW), the paint shop, and general assembly. The engineering center and prototype shop will drive the Ocean’s initial construction stages. With a capacity of roughly 1,500 cars per year, the prototype facility will allow the prototype construction phase to be completed under serial production circumstances, assisting in the training of the production crew and ensuring a seamless transition to the serial production line. The Ocean will also benefit from Graz’s comprehensive testing facilities, including durability, NVH, climatic extremes, and a test track, all of which will help program integration across production and engineering.
Fisker and Magna recently signed a long-term manufacturing agreement, confirming that the all-electric Fisker Ocean SUV would begin in Graz on November 17, 2022. The two companies’ manufacturing agreement includes planned quantities, manufacturing costs, and quality criteria for the program’s lifecycle until 2029. In addition, it covers the whole process, including the crucial planning and launch phases. This agreement serves as the foundation for all facility investments, including the body shop, a clear route to begin manufacturing in November 2022, and a fast ramp-up to total run-rate production.
The Fisker Ocean SUV will utilize a modified version of a Magna-developed electric vehicle architecture to create the FM29 platform, as well as new intellectual property (“IP”). The new aluminum-intensive FM29 platform, when combined with Fisker-developed IP, is expected to deliver class-leading range and interior space at a Bill of Materials and manufacturing cost that allows the Ocean to enter the market at a starting MSRP of $37,499 in the United States (excluding EV-related subsidies) and less than €32,000 in Germany (including taxes and EV-related subsidies) – as well as off the shelf.
About Fisker Inc.
Fisker Inc., headquartered in California, reshapes the automobile industry by creating the most emotionally appealing and environmentally sustainable electric vehicles on the planet. Passionately motivated by a vision of a clean future for everyone, the company is on a mission to become the world’s leading e-mobility service provider with the most environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Essentium, Inc., Hephzibah | July 13, 2020
Essentium, Inc., a leading innovator of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, today announced a distribution partnership with Hephzibah, prominent South Korean 3D printing specialist, to advance additive manufacturing in South Korea.
The combination of Hephzibah’s best-in-class service, customer support, and use-case specific expertise, together with the ground-breaking speed and economics of the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing Platform will help resolve many of the historic barriers to widespread adoption of industrial-scale AM and to advance additive manufacturing in South Korean market. Manufacturing firms in South Korea recognize that adding 3D printing to their factory floors could save billions in production costs.
However, they face significant obstacles to using 3D printing for large-scale production, such as the strength of parts, speed and scale of production, and economics. The Essentium and Hephzibah partnership will deliver AM solutions, based on open ecosystems, that produce parts with the strength, speed, and scale customarily associated with injection-moulding and with vastly improved economics.
Fujitsu | March 31, 2021
Products are routinely examined for abnormalities, flaws, or manufacturing errors as part of the production process. Now, modern AI technology developed by the Japanese company Fujitsu has the potential to significantly reduce the number of working hours needed for this procedure.
Fujitsu Laboratories, a research center within the multinational ICT group, has developed an AI technology for image inspection that helps for the highly detailed identification of a wide range of external defects on manufactured goods.
The technology employs an AI model trained on photographs of goods with artificial abnormalities, eliminating the need to prepare training data from live images of faulty products pulled from a manufacturing line's inspection procedure.
The problem in training AI to execute quality management tasks is that models are often trained using weighted and summed indices for individual characteristics. This will make it difficult to construct a model that thoroughly comprehends all of the features that must be examined.
Fujitsu has created a system for training an AI model that allows a normal image with several irregularities such as form, scale, and color to be recovered by artificially applying the virtual defects to a normal image prepared for training.
According to the company, this technology achieved more than 98 percent in an AUROC ranking, which is an assessment metric used to evaluate classification model performance.
The score was obtained in a category of items of typical appearance differences, such as carpets with varying fur patterns and colors on an individual basis, and printed circuit boards with different wiring shapes on different components.
Fujitsu has validated the technology's usefulness in a real-world environment at Fujitsu Interconnect Technologies' Nagano factory, which produces electronic equipment. The AI, according to the firm, reduced the number of hours needed for inspecting printed circuit boards by 25%.
In recent years, the manufacturing industry has been a significant target for digitalization. An €11 million European initiative to use machine learning to improve processes and achieve zero-defect manufacturing was announced last week.
Fujitsu's AI advances have also been applied in other fields. Earlier this month, the company unveiled specifics of a facial recognition system that uses an AI model to track subtle variations in muscle expressions in a person's facial expression to measure how focused someone is in online classes and meetings.