The bar is high for OEMs as they endeavor to meet the ever-growing demand and market pressures. As engineering design sets the stage for manufacturing and service, it is critical for engineering teams to recognize the interactions of people with their proposed products and processes to assure ease of production and assembly, which isn’t always an option when dealing with roadblocks like:

  • Lack of time and capacity to efficiently predict and mitigate human worker considerations in the early phases of production planning (ergonomics, safety, efficiency, feasibility)

  • No realistic facilities available/accessible to discover and validate production options with consideration to standardization and localization, for process concessions (product, process, and resource trade-offs)

  • Difficulty in helping multi-disciplinary teams, including suppliers, to efficiently experience, validate and communicate the impact of production process requirements & solution concepts.

  • No realistic virtual try-out environment (isolated from pilot or production line) to identify, ideate & validate process innovations & improvements

  • Limited availability of environment for assembly process learning and production personnel driven improvements until physical line is implemented.

With Virtual Reality, engineering teams can experience, validate, and communicate on assembly & maintenance requirements taking into consideration the human-centric process interactions. Ultimately, enabling experience-based evaluations of proposed designs in their complete context allows for a significant reduction of future assembly risk, increasing efficiency toward production ramp-up that meets key product targets."

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ESI offers Human-Centric Product and Process Validation, for processes like final assembly or service maintenance. This immersive solution empowers multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate, collaborate, and resolve the challenges that new products and processes bring to the factory of the future. It allows individuals and teams, together or on remote sites, to explore and interact with digital designs, to identify potential risks, evaluate improvements and corrections before work starts on tooling for the manufacturing plants.

Here Are Some of the Ways Virtual Reality Can Benefit You

  • Identify and resolve complex design issues early in the product development process, when problems are least costly to fix

  • Reduce design reliance on costly physical prototypes and piloting activities

  • Enable collaboration among multiple disciplines in widely dispersed teams

  • Analyze ergonomics before implementing new designs, tools, and procedures

  • Optimize factory floor processes and manufacturing cell layouts

  • Experience products in-process context before they are encountered in the real world

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