Renault bets on the industrial metaverse

“The Metaverse enables real-time control that makes industrial operations more agile and improves production and supply chain quality,” said Jose Vicente de los Mozos, Executive Vice President, Group Industry and Head of national of the group, Iberia, at Renault. (Photo: Renault)

An industrial metaverse aims to help Renault scale the next stage of digital transformation. The group divides its virtual space into four different dimensions: massive data acquisition, digital twins of processes, ecosystem networking supply chain and other technologies.

The industrial metaverse enables previously unseen potential for efficiency to benefit people and the environmentexplains Patrice Haettel, Vice-President Strategy and Industrial Engineering. “Data management at group level allows us, for example, to monitor in detail the energy consumption of all our industrial and non-industrial sites and to optimize them in real time”.

In order to consolidate data from all production sites, the OEM has developed its own data collection and standardization platform. This feeds the industrial metaverse and thus provides the basis for interaction with production processes in real time. The solution is developed in collaboration with the partner ATOS under the name ID@Scale also offered to other industrial players.

The automaker’s 8,500 production lines are already fully networked and all supply chain data is housed in the Metaverse. All physical Renault sites have a digital twin in the virtual world. Like manufacturing facilities, the supply chain is an integral part of the industrial metaverse and is managed in real time. The objective is to integrate into an extended ecosystem in which the digital twins are enriched with supplier data, sales forecasts, quality information, but also weather and traffic information and artificial intelligence. Among other things, cloud, 3D and big data technologies make digital change possible.

The technologies used in Industry 4.0 since 2016 serve in particular to reduce costs – the car manufacturer has been able to save 780 million euros so far. In addition, the virtual replica of the physical world allows a reduction in delivery times and carbon footprint. The metaverse also gives the manufacturer a better overview of the working environment, allowing all stakeholders to make decisions more flexibly and autonomously.

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