On Wednesday 30 September, ESILV Engineering School held a round-table discussion centred around Industry 4.0. Digitalisation of production and maintenance, digital twin, 3D printing: here’s a look back at the comments of four experts from major leading industry players and their vision on the smart factory.
The round table was organised by the Corporate Relations Department and conducted by Walter Peretti, a professor in charge of the Computer Science, Connected Objects and Security major, and focused its discussion on the challenges raised by the 4.0 industry. It brought up new questions: for example, what are the solutions for the digital factory, which logistics challenges, which skills and which new professions are in the process of emerging?
Frédéric Daugy, IT Group Manufacturing & Logistics – Solution Center at Volvo Group, Grégory Lesert, T &M R & D Customer Lead Projects Manager Specialist at Dassault Systems, Pierre Raymond, Director of Digital Transformation Programs, Accenture Industry X.0 and Jean-Reynald Mace, an electronics expert at Orano tackled these issues.
Deciphering Industry 4.0: business use cases
These experts from Volvo Group, Dassault Systèmes, Accenture and Orano, partner companies of the Pole Leonard de Vinci, tackled the challenges of transforming the industry through concrete use cases that have been running in their manufacturing processes for several months or years.
Volvo Group: Additive printing for tomorrow’s engines
Frédéric Daugy, Director of the IT Group of Manufacturing & Logistics at Volvo, addressed the issue of Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industrial technology that enhances the performance of Volvo’s industrial plants, but at the same time from the point of view of the manufacturing of industrial vehicles, as a supplier of 4.0 industrial equipment. Volvo has, to date, positioned itself as the producer of one million connected cars that are sending out continuous real-time information on applications that make it possible to track these vehicles.
Renault Trucks engineers have developed a DTI 5 four-cylinder Euro 6 step C engine, using 3D metal printing for its rocker arms and rocker arm supports. Additive manufacturing provides many significant advances such as a 120 kg reduction in engine weight, a 25% decrease in the number of components and a reduced number of assembly operations.
Dassault Systems: Designing virtual twins for each industry
Grégory Lesert, head of transport and mobility at Dassault Systems, discussed the issue of digitalisation and the uses of digital twins across several industries: transport and mobility, aeronautics and defence, marine and offshore, industrial equipment, high technologies, consumer goods, health, energies and materials, cities and territories industry…
The deployment of digital twins is possible thanks to PLM software for product lifecycle management. Dassault Systems’ solutions include BIOVIA (health and materials science), CATIA ( cross-industry), DELMIA, ENOVIA, GEOVIA (geological modelling and simulation software), SIMULIA, 3Dvia -, aimed at designing and manufacturing products for industrial customers.
Dassault Systems backs its digitalisation strategy on the 3DExperience platform. This solution is defined as a ‘one single source of truth’. It enables any user in a company to implement continuous 3D digital processes and to tackle all aspects of the life cycle of an experience, from specifications, system and sub-system architecture models to functional, conceptual, logical and physical 3D modelling simulations.
Accenture Industry X.0: The Factory of the Future
Pierre Raymond, Digital Transformation Program Director at Accenture Industry X.0, dwelt on the concept of “digital continuity” and the importance of interoperability between systems, which would lead to a single source of truth in the data, from conceptualisation and design to the final product and the customer service.
The new offer being developed by Accenture, the Digital Factory, corresponds to this concept, offering turnkey solutions for clients: optimising operational processes, the use of machines (in the spirit of operational excellence) and then cutting costs. Many different applications are possible, such as the augmented and connected worker technology, the digitalisation of the scheduling in a production site, the maintenance optimisation.
Orano: “Innovating to tackle tomorrow’s challenges”
Jean-Reynald Mace, an electronics expert at the Orano group, tackled the question of industrial innovation in the framework of 4 use cases involving several vital technologies: intelligent sensors, communication networks, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D printing. The digital twins allow, among other things, the maintenance of multiple operational sites, thanks to the modelling of critical equipment, by integrating technologies that fuel the modelling of the equipment, to be able to make decisions.
The new jobs that are being created thanks to the digital transformation of the industry require new skills related to platforms, data science and PLM (product lifecycle management) solutions. The nine majors of the engineering cycle at ESILV give rise to new opportunities in all sectors that make frequent use of digital technology: Industry 4.0, digital modelling and mechanics, renewable energies and sustainable cities, biotech health, data and artificial intelligence, IT, connected objects and security…
The Industry 4.0 major trains engineers who can work on production or service facilities of small and medium-sized companies or large industrial companies in all industries in France and abroad.