► Within the Renault Metaverse program
► Great digital review of the production process
► Promote efficiency by making factories sustainable

Renault is embarking on a bold program to digitize the entire production process, from the first design sketches to the final car that rolls off the forecourt into the clutches of its first owner.

Most carmakers are speeding up their digital programs, but Renault’s is so advanced that it has opened its doors to CAR magazine to showcase what it calls the Renault Metaverse.

You have no doubt witnessed the troubles of the Facebook Meta parent, who is spending billions on his Metaverse. Well, Renault is here and now and it’s a way to connect digital touchpoints across 35 factories around the world and bring them to life for company staff to understand the data. It’s more captivating than the other name: Industrial Data Management Platform 4.0 (IDM4).

So instead of hanging out with your friends and laughing at their avatars, Renault’s Metaverse is about connecting and viewing its data so staff can make better decisions. Or to give a concrete example: supervisors are notified via their tablet if a robotic welding machine is stuck on a car and can arrange a repair (see notice below) or track the shipment of cars to dealerships and notify customers. if their new vehicle is delayed.

Data alert supervisors to a locked robot

Renault began work on the program in 2017 and claims it has become the “world’s first industrial metaverse”. The system uses gaming industry technology to bring data to life for staff, displaying reports and alerts in a more actionable way than a boring spreadsheet ever could.

What is the purpose of the Renault digital program?

What’s smart about Renault’s data management platform is the interoperability of its data sets. Or put simply: he’s trying to ingest every data point in its system: currently one billion data sets per day, in its own facilities and those of suppliers.

If you’ve ever tried to migrate your iPhone systems to an Android device or flip your photo archive from one vendor to another, you’ll know how difficult data portability can be.

For Renault, with 35 plants around the world, it is a logistics nightmare: each robot, factory, connected object or digital touchpoint belonging to the Renault Group has its own unique ID, which allows it to communicate with Renault Metaverse. Today, more than 70 percent of the group’s industrial equipment is connected and is aiming for 100 percent. It is truly the Internet of lot of of things.

CAR had exclusive access to the Renault 4.0 industrial data management platform

Final results? Renault claims it can track virtually anything: weather and traffic conditions to predict on-time delivery of components for its factories; monitor energy usage at each site and identify unauthorized machines or processes that consume kilowatt hours; he even set up a data control tower, creating the equivalent of automobile air traffic control to make sense of it all.

What are the benefits?

This ambitious digital program is a key pillar in the company’s drive to become more efficient, reduce costs and reduce waste – all goals of Renaulution’s rehabilitation strategy to increase the profitability of the French automaker.

Renault says it is already driving cost savings of 20-30% by increasing quality and enabling it to reduce waste and CO2 emissions by using artificial intelligence to spot trends humans may not notice.

Real-time monitoring of logistics trucks, taking into account time and traffic

Between 2022 and 2025, Renault expects savings of 320 million euros (280 million pounds) in fixed and variable costs, halving the amount of CO2 produced per vehicle in production, speeding up delivery to customers and reducing costs by 50%. warranty claims, smoothing out flaky manufacturing defects.

Jean-François Salles, who oversees the supply chain for Renault globally, said: “To give an example, we have 6000 trucks on the road every day and by monitoring the weather and traffic, we can predict which factory will be affected. We already have 8000 truck trips saved thanks to better planning. ‘

Welcome to the brave new world.

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