Through the integration of multiple technologies, FCA has created a fully immersive virtual reality system which delivers tangible value by validating the design of plants and manufacturing process before anything is built. And this translates into significantly faster decision making, reduced costs, and improved safety and quality.
The ImMErsive Technology room is where engineering and manufacturing teams can interact with the virtual twin of a plant, focusing on the layout of an assembly line, the placement of giant robots in the body shop, or the functionality of an individual workstation. The space is large enough to accommodate multiple teams with manufacturing and product development engineers, for example, able to work side-by-side to define, develop and validate every aspect of a vehicle’s production. Software engineers can also use this system to program and simulate robotics, one of the most capital intensive areas in the automotive manufacturing process.
These realistic, detailed models and workspaces also make it possible for experienced assembly line workers to evaluate and give feedback on feasibility, accessibility and ergonomics much earlier in the design process. This feedback process contributes to enhanced productivity and helps maximize health and safety.
Front Loading: Detecting Issues Earlier
The ability to identify issues and test solutions in a virtual environment before production systems are built enables a significant reduction in waste and costs, while ensuring the highest quality standards are achieved. The time needed to build or retool a production line is also significantly reduced and this is essential when you have just 22 months from concept to launch of a new model.