AR/VR Can Enable Smart Factories to Reduce Cost and Delays and Boost Production

ESI Diota joint AR VR Solutions

For the manufacturing industry, technology such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) can bring huge opportunities for cutting cost and delays in product development and manufacturing. Virtual Prototyping pioneer ESI and Digital-Field software solutions provider Diota have joined forces to showcase their immersive technologies at the 21st Laval Virtual in Laval, France on March 20-24.

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The two companies will address challenges related to factory assembly and in-service maintenance through an end-to-end solution that efficiently leverages digital data to achieve improved productivity, quality and traceability while decreasing operational risk, said a press release.

Virtual Reality now helps engineers identify design risks very early in the product or process lifecycles. ESI IC.IDO is the leading VR solution for industrial applications and is being used by Boeing, Bombardier, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and Safran amongst other leading OEMs. At Laval Virtual, ESI will showcase several use cases with specific focus on human-centric assembly process validation ─ a critical aspect of Industry 4.0 where ergonomics and workflows need to be completely rethought for operators to deliver optimum efficiency whilst interacting with layers of new technologies.

AR/VR in manufacturing

Augmented Reality also hugely benefits the manufacturing industry. Diota’s solutions help factory operators to better understand and carry out complex operations through step by step digital work instructions and contextualized contents visualized in their workspace.

The combined AR/VR utilization can help companies with validation and distribution of manufacturing and maintenance procedures.

ESI and Diota will demonstrate how their joint solutions can help factory operators access optimized and up-to-date product design information and work instructions whenever they need it, on-the-job or during training.

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Based in France, ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. ESI solutions help manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future products. With 1200 employees, ESI operates in more than 40 countries worldwide.