Johnson Controls Teams up with adidas Group and other Partners to Develop SPEEDFACTORY for Automated Sewing

  Johnson Controls Teams up with adidas Group and other Partners to Develop
                      SPEEDFACTORY for Automated Sewing

  PR Newswire

  BURSCHEID, Germany, May 8, 2014

BURSCHEID, Germany, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy sponsors research project 

Johnson Controls, a global multi industrial company with core businesses in
the au to motive, building, and the energy s to rage industries is working
with leading sportswear manufacturer adidas Group and other partners  to 
redefine the way textiles are manufactured. The partners want  to  increase
au to mation in the production of textiles. In doing so, Johnson Controls as
the leading manufacturer of vehicle seats and seating components, intends  to
 optimize seating trim cover production. 

"Process innovations are just as important to Johnson Controls as product
innovations," said Andreas Eppinger, group vice president technology
management at Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. "The majority of sewing
required for vehicle seat covers nowadays is largely done by hand. Although
increasing automation in this area is very complex, we are convinced that it
is feasible."

SPEEDFACTORY, as the project is known, aims to combine the capabilities of
humans and machines. At the project's conclusion, the prototype of a system
should be in place in which humans and robots work together to produce textile
products.

While adidas Group aims to automate the production of sports goods, the goal
of Johnson Controls is to automate the entire production process of vehicle
seat covers. The company intends to optimize the cutting and sewing process as
well as the complete handling of textiles. This new process will involve
textiles being cut in a certain way, aligned, and then joined to make trim
covers.

Johnson Controls is working on SPEEDFACTORY with the leading manufacturer of
sports clothing and accessories, adidas Group, the mechanical engineering
company, KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau, the Institute of Textile Technology
at RWTH Aachen University, and fortiss, an institute associated with the
Technical University of Munich, Germany, with the mandate to facilitate
research and technology transfer in software-intensive systems and services.
The research project is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of
Economics and Energy.

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About Johnson Controls 

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful.

About Johnson Controls Au to motive Experience 

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems,
door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major
automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products,
technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 locations
worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed
the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete
interiors. With our global capability we supply approximately 50 million cars
per year.

For more information, please contact: Johnson Controls GmbH Au to motive
Seating Industriestraße 20 - 30 51399 Burscheid Germany Oliver Herkert Tel.:
+49-2174-65-4348 E-Mail: oliver.herkert@jci.com
 
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