November 5-6, 2015
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The NEC Birmingham
Virtual Reality and Industry 4.0: The Digital Twin in Product Design, Manufacturing and SustainmentJoe Barkai
Thursday, 5 November
8:45 - 9:30 Industry 4.0 will transform production. Isolated cells will come together in a fully integrated, automated and optimized production flow, paving the way to greater efficiencies and reduced waste, and changing traditional production relationships among manufacturers, suppliers and customers. The Industry 4.0 vision is creating new paradigms of interaction between humans and machines. Virtual and augmented reality technology has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Isolated, over-optimized manufacturing processes and, admittedly, organizational culture, have limited the reach of AR/VR technology and its ability to create context-rich environment for effective collaboration and decision-making. In this keynote, Joe Barkai will describe the concept of a product's "digital twin:" a digital manifestation of a physical products that encompasses rich multidisciplinary information such as geometry, manufacturing, supply chain, and maintenance. The digital twin, or cyber-physical modeling, is an expression of the business value of AR/VR technology and its future role in industry 4.0 "factory of the future," and, in fact, in the entire span of a product lifecycle. Joe will also explore the role of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as a technology foundation to enrich the context of AR/VR-based cyber-physical systems to further improve the capacity of manufacturing organizations to make high-fidelity decisions.