Renault creates industrial digital twin ‘metaverse’

Renault creates industrial digital twin ‘metaverse’

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By Nick Flaherty

French car maker Renault has connected all its production lines to create a real time digital twin of its processes in a system it calls an industrial metaverse.

All 8,500 pieces of equipment and 90% of supply flows are constantly monitored and all the supply chain data is hosted in the Renault Group Metaverse. This is a replica of the physical world controlled in real time in the Google cloud.

Moving to Industry 4.0 digitalisation of its manufacturing has already led to savings of €780m since 2016, and 2025 will enable €320m in various savings alongside cost savings of €260m on inventories, a 60% reduction in vehicle delivery time and a 50% reduction in the carbon footprint of its vehicle manufacturing.

BMW and Bosch already use digital twin models of factories in Europe to improve their manufacturing efficiency, and Siemens is working closely with Nvidia on the Omniverse digital twin technology for industrial applications.

“Every day, a billion [bits] of data are collected within the Renault Group’s industrial sites. The Metaverse provides real-time supervision that increases the agility and adaptability of industrial operations as well as the quality of production and the Supply Chain. Renault Group is becoming a pioneer in the sector,” said Jose Vicente de los Mozos, EVP, Industry Group and Head of country for Spain and Portugal.

To collect data from all its industrial sites, Renault Group developed a data capture and standardisation platform for collecting mass data to feed its industrial metaverse. This is now available in partnership with French computing group ATOS to other industrial players under the ID@Scale project.

Renault Group then modelled its physical assets into digital twins. Each factory has its replica in the virtual world and the supply chain has its own digitised universe.

The digital twins add supplier data, sales forecasts, quality information, but also exogenous information such as the weather or road traffic, etc., as well as machine learning to develop predictive scenarios.

“The technological maturity of Renault Group allows the company to reach an important step in its digitalisation and transformation: the control of our data, the choice of advanced technologies, and the expertise of our teams are all levers to accelerate towards a tech company,” said Frédéric Vincent, EVP, Information Systems and Digital at Renault.

The Industrial Data Management Platform 4.0 (IDM4.0), developed by Renault Group, collects all the industrial data of Renault Group. Stored in the cloud (Google Cloud platform), this data feeds the industrial Metaverse, and allows to correct or improve the production process in real time. Since 2019, 300 alerts have been detected and 300 production stoppages avoided.

“This industrial Metaverse is unique and enables us to activate previously invisible efficiency and performance levers, to the benefit of people and the environment. The management of data at Group level allows us to monitor, for example, the energy consumption of all our industrial and non-industrial sites in detail, and above all to optimise them in real time when a plant is stopped,” said Patrice Haettel, VP, Industrial Strategy and Engineering

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