Virtualisation: A keystone in Industry 4.0

Jun 19, 2018 The role of Virtual Reality (VR) technology in creating a smart, connected factory is undeniable in today’s era of digitalisation and Industry 4.0. With innovations picking up pace, more industries are leaning towards identifying ways to use VR tools. The technological advancements in Virtual Reality have given rise to pathbreaking industry solutions, including virtual manufacturing, virtual prototyping, virtual designing and staying connected with customers through this technology. This viewpoint section explores the benefits and the challenges being faced by manufacturers in adopting it. “VR opens up a whole new way of visualising the Big Data” — CSS Bharathy, Founder & COO, Fusion VR Aerospace and automotive OEMs are always front runners to adopt the trending technologies. Virtual Reality (VR) is one such trending technology that these OEMs are trying to use to beat the competition. In product manufacturing, VR plays a major role across the product life cycles starting from concept design to manufacturing. But currently, VR technology is disrupting computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) markets in a big way. It is enabling manufacturers to test scenerios and designs before the products are made by improving productivity and reducing the cost of manufacturing. In future, VR will also allow manufacturers to involve customers in product design and engineering. We may not be able to estimate the exact users of VR market within the Indian manufacturing industry but VR is definitely more popular than expected. Currently, the early adopters are only OEMs and not the supply chain down the line. Once OEMs start pushing suppliers to use these technologies to reap benefits, the...