Lukas Kavemann stands, concentrating, at his touch panel. This morning, the 22-year-old mechatronics technician controls a gripper arm in the paint shop with this small screen, reminiscent of a tablet. Kavemann carefully lifts the rough chassis and immerses it in the dipping basin for cleaning. The paint shop is only one of several stations in the miniature factory that has been in the digitum, the new digitalization laboratory for technology planning in Hall 18, for a few days now. There’s also the press shop, the body shop, assembly, and quality control. The individual stations are connected by a logistics area, which houses two driverless automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS). Everything just like the real Golf production a few meters away in Hall 54, –, just a few figures smaller.
The four by two 4 x 2 meter facility, reminiscent of a model railroad landscape, was built by 30 Volkswagen brand apprentices. "A cool project," says Kavemann, while the blue-painted mini body drives through the light tunnel in the background. "It was fun being able to put what we learned during our training to practical use here." But he also learned to appreciate the exchange with colleagues from other divisions.