FCA Industry 4.0 Virtual Assembly Project Achieves ROI in Eight Months with ESI IC.IDO
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
“Due to ESI Group’s disruptive virtual reality solution, IC.IDO, it was an easy decision for us to implement their software. It met the growing need for increasingly assertive virtual simulations generated by industry 4.0.”
Eric Beremis Baier Laia Virtual Reality Specialist of MFG2020 FCA LATAM
Before implementing ESI IC.IDO, digital assembly reviews were done with computer-aided design (CAD) geometry, viewed on flat screens. The result was that assembly reviews often failed to identify assembly difficulties that only became evident during the construction and testing of production tooling. Late identification of difficulties triggered high project costs and delays in the program’s ramp-up to serial production. To address this, virtual validation of physical prototypes were identified as a crucial need for upcoming projects.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has production units in 40 countries and commercial presence in 150 countries. The group is home to brands like Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, SRT, Maserati, and Mopar (parts and services). Read the full story here.
FCA LATAM was able to analyze several assemblies at different workstations on the production line and simulate the real conditions of the product and process, without building physical tooling or a vehicle. Ergonomics, visibility of hard-to-see locations, access of hard-to-reach places and validation of assembly devices, transfer systems and installation processes were all addressed. More on Virtual Human-Centric Assembly here.