Valuechain collaborate with VEC to create immersive Industry 4.0 experience13-Oct-2017 VALUECHAIN
Valuechain, a software company that specialises in improving business productivity, today announced their collaboration with Virtual Engineering Centre, to launch the virtual DNA4.0 smart factory, at Smart Factory Expo, in Liverpool on November 15th.
The collaborative project will create a virtual rendering of a state of the art factory, that utilises the latest technologies and software available to the manufacturing industry. It is expected to demonstrate best practice application of the latest technologies, and showcase the potential benefits available to companies looking to implement industry 4.0 in their factories.
Tom Dawes, Valuechain CEO, explained, “Our DNA4.0 virtual smart factory can be used by industry and academia as an engaging training aid for Industry 4.0 best practices and ultimately provides an innovative approach to attract talent into digital manufacturing.”
Users of the virtual factory will engage with all aspects of a factory building; exploring the shop floor, using tablets to engage with, and capture data, on entire manufacturing processes. The virtual factory follows the journey from goods in and raw materials stores, to performing CNC machining and inspection areas, through to finished goods store and goods out.
The smart factory then enables users to translate this to see how software can be used to make informed business decisions; stepping into departmental offices, and conference rooms.
Tom continued; “The VEC have integrated our DNA4.0 productivity solutions within the virtual smart factory that will provide a realistic demonstration of best practice industry 4.0 applications. Users can capture data on the shop floor, throughout a typical manufacturing process, and then use this to create KPIs, generate real-time intelligence, and make important decisions.
The factory also contains additive manufacturing machines, anodising vat lines, and assembly areas, with Tom explaining; “By creating environments for a range of manufacturing industries, we hope to create a platform for cross sector engagement and collaboration. When utilised in academia, it will also provide a unique way for graduates to receive hands on experience performing a wide range of processes that will better prepare them for industry application in niche industries.”
Virtual Engineering Centre spokesperson, said “This virtual factory brings together a lot of what is already being done in virtual engineering. This project has enabled us to bring this all together, in a open and engaging way, for users at all levels.”
The DNA4.0 Smart Factory will be demonstrated at upcoming exhibitions, and was available for the first time on the Invest Liverpool stand, at Smart Factory Expo, November 15th, 2017.