ESI's Virtual Reality solution enables manufacturers to evaluate the interaction of people with products and processes
February 5, 2019 - PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)
The digital transformation is profoundly reshaping the manufacturing industry, from product development to process engineering, structuring the factory environment and planning maintenance procedures. The implementation of digital innovations such as connected objects, robots/ cobots and Augmented Reality (AR) is bringing new value to the factory floor, along with sizable opportunities to maximize product quality and productivity. For engineering teams this often translates into new layers of complexity, creating potential inefficiencies that can impact product assembly, disassembly and maintenance. When these operations involve human interactions, new technologies can be a particular source of operational uncertainty that needs to be mitigated to assure successful production ramp-up and to achieve production targets.
To answer new challenges growing at the heart of the Factory of the Future, ESI has fostered a unique and powerful Virtual Reality solution; one that enables manufacturers to evaluate ahead of time the interaction of people with products and processes. “Virtual Reality represents a technology of the future that will have an impact on the efficiency of our developments. The factory of the future is already here,” comments Nicolas Lepape, Virtual & Augmented Reality R&T Project Manager, Safran Nacelles.
Photo: Process engineers at FCA LATAM simulate human interactions with ESI IC.IDO to optimize assembly processes and maximize productivity (credit: ESI Group)
Boasting real-time and real-scale capabilities powered by realistic physics, ESI’s solution is the established leader in Virtual Reality for the industrial world. At Safran Nacelles, for example, manufacturing process engineers use IC.IDO to experience their process designs – without building full-sized prototypes. In the automotive industry, Fiat Chrysler Automotive Latin America uses the solution to analyze assemblies at different workstations throughout the general assembly production line. They test the real conditions of the product within the process, without investing in physical tooling or a pre-production vehicle. IC.IDO allows them to address ergonomics, to gain visibility in hard-to-see locations, to learn how to access hard-to-reach places, and to validate assembly devices, transfer systems, and installation processes.
Source: ESI Group