Published on May 11th, 2021 | by Emergent Enterprise0
BMW Takes Virtual Factory Planning to the Next Level
The velocity of business has increased exponentially over the last couple of decades. The process from concept to completion needs to be swift no matter what the product, industry or service. That’s how companies stay ahead of their competitors. But what if your idea is a new model BMW that needs a completely retooled manufacturing process? Bring on virtual reality. This post at Metrology News reports on how BMW and NVIDIA are working together to create a virtual factory so that the whole manufacturing process can be optimized digitally before the actual line is constructed. Designers, engineers, specialists and even suppliers can all collaborate in the virtual world to develop the factory and try out new ideas with immediate results allowing the team to succeed in virtual reality before actual reality. That saves time and money and avoids delays – all good things to stay one step ahead of the competition.
The BMW Group and NVIDIA are generating a completely new approach to planning highly complex manufacturing systems – with the Omniverse platform. The virtual factory planning tool integrates a range of planning data and applications and allows real-time collaboration with unrestricted compatibility. As industry leaders, the BMW Group and NVIDIA are setting new standards in virtual factory planning.
Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “Together we’re about to make a huge leap forward and open up completely new perspectives in the field of virtual, digital planning. In the future a virtual representation of our production network will allow us to realise an innovative, integrated approach to our planning processes. Omniverse greatly enhances the precision, speed and consequently the efficiency of our planning processes.”
“BMW does personalized manufacturing at a massive scale – their operations are among the most complex in the world,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “In their vision of future factories, people and robots work together, engineers from all aspects of factory design collaborate in a shared virtual space, and the entire factory is simulated with photorealistic detail. NVIDIA Omniverse was built to realize this future. I am delighted that BMW is using NVIDIA Omniverse to connect their teams to design, plan and operate their future factories virtually before anything is built in the physical world. This is the future of manufacturing.”
Virtual factory planning is already widespread, but until now it has required data to be imported from various applications. This is not only time-consuming but also raises compatibility issues. In addition, the data is not always up to date. In the future, the Omniverse platform will enable live data to be collected and collated from all the relevant databases to create a joint simulation – eliminating the need to reimport data. The goal is to enable modifications and adjustments to be assessed in the early stages of planning in order to create an overall view. This extreme transparency will allow planners and production specialists to plan highly complex production systems even more quickly and accurately, without interface losses or compatibility problems. Omniverse integrates data from various professional design and planning tools from a range of different producers and uses it to generate photo-realistic real-time simulations in a single collaborative setting.