Renault Group accelerates its digitization with the first industrial Metaverse. Today, 100% of the production lines are thus connected (8,500 pieces of equipment), 90% of the supply flows are constantly monitored and 100% of the Supply Chain data is hosted in the Metaverse of the Renault Group, a true replica of the world. physics driven in real time. Digital has been committed to Industry 4.0 since 2016 and has already made it possible to save €780 million in savings. By 2025, it will allow €320M of various savings, to which will be added €260M in inventory savings, a 60% reduction in vehicle delivery times and a 50% reduction in the CO2 footprint from manufacturing its vehicles, as well as a significant reduction in innovation cycles and a contribution to the 60% reduction in warranty costs targeted by the group.
“Every day, a billion pieces of data are collected at the industrial facilities in Renault Group. Metaverse offers real-time monitoring that increases the agility and adaptability of industrial operations, but also the quality of production and the supply chain. Renault Group becomes a pioneer in the sector. »
Jose Vicente de los Mozos, Industrial Director, Renault Group
The Industrial Metaverse: Four Dimensions
- It all starts with data. To collect data from all its industrial sites, the Renault Group has developed a unique data collection and standardization solution, a mass data collection platform to feed the industrial Metaverse and thus provide performance levers for the production process in real time. This solution is now marketed in partnership with ATOS to other industrial players, project name ID@Scale.
- Renault Group have then modeled its physical assets to digital twins. Each factory has its replica in the virtual world. Like factories, Supply Chain has its own digitized universe. It is an integral part of the industrial Metaverse and is also controlled in real time by a control tower.
- Integration into one extended ecosystem. The use of digital twins is enriched with data from suppliers, sales forecasts, quality information but also exogenous information such as the weather or road traffic… as well as artificial intelligence that allows the development of predictive scenarios.
- The acceleration of this digital transformation is made possible by the convergence of advanced technologies (Cloud, real-time, 3D, Big data…). The Renault Group has developed a unique platform to converge the technologies necessary to operate digital twins and their ecosystems in a resilient manner.
All these four dimensions constitute a complete, continuous and real-time industrial Metaverse.
Leitmotif: Metaverse serving humans
The supervision that Metaverse offers through better visibility of the working environment gives actors the opportunity to achieve flexibility and independence in decision-making. Technologies from the gaming world make user experiences more immersive. This is the case with painting training conducted in virtual reality. AI algorithms facilitate employee foresight, such as flow optimization and management capabilities for Supply Chain experts.
“The technological maturity of Renault Group allows the company to take an important step in its digitization and transformation: the control of our data, the choice of advanced technologies and the expertise of our team are all levers to accelerate towards a technological company. »
Frédéric Vincent, CIO Renault Group
To concretely illustrate their industrial Metaverse, the Renault Group presented 32 use cases during their Tech Industry Days. Focus on some examples :
- The industrial data platform IDM4.0 (Industrial Data Management Platform 4.0), developed by Renault Group, collects all Renault Group industrial data. Stored in the cloud (Google Cloud platform), this data provides the industrial Metaverse and makes it possible to correct or improve the production process in real time. Since 2019, 300 alarms have been detected and 300 production stoppages avoided.
- That Control tower of the extended Supply Chain is the point of convergence for the Supply Chain professions in a dedicated room: the Control Room. This global monitoring tool, concentrator of information flows, warns in real time of risks or anomalies on all transport and, thanks to artificial intelligence, offers optimized crisis management scenarios.
- That decarbonisation industry as a lever for energy independence. The Renault Group has committed to be Net Zero Carbon by 2025 for the ElectriCity division and the Cléon factory, by 2030 for manufacturing sites in Europe and by 2050 for all industrial sites worldwide. Real-time monitoring of the carbon footprint of equipment or transport capacity will be an important lever to reach the path and mix of 50% renewable energy in France from 2026 and 100% in 2030.
“This industrial Metaverse is unique and enables the activation of previously invisible levers of efficiency and performance, in the service of people and the environment. Group-level data management allows us to monitor, for example, in detail the energy consumption of all our industrial plants or not, and above all to optimize them in real time when a plant is shut down. . »
Patrice Haettel, Director of Industrial Strategy and Engineering, Renault Group