In order to effectively develop new technological bricks for the use of virtual and augmented reality in the service of production technologies, CLARTE (Laval), an expert centre in virtual reality and augmented reality, and the IRT Jules Verne (Nantes), a mutualised industrial research institute dedicated to advanced manufacturing, have decided to engage in a long-term strategic partnership for the benefit of industrialists.
Technology at the heart of industrial issues
The manufacturing industry needs to be more agile and flexible to better meet the expectations of its customers, to be responsive to rapidly changing markets and to provide assistance and security to its operators. Whether it's virtual reality (RV), an alternative reality created from scratch to immerse the user, or augmented reality (AR) that adds a layer of data to the real world, these technologies are key to meeting these industrial challenges and are at the heart of the Jules Verne IRT's technological development strategy. In fact, augmented reality allows, for example, during the production phase, to make qualified information available to the operator, calibrated, at the right time. The key is productivity gains for the company (saving time, limiting errors, taking into account changes quickly...) and valuing the operator who can concentrate on his technical gesture, his know-how.
Virtual reality will find uses further upstream: on process optimization for example, through debugging from the design phase, but also in terms of training or collaboration to immerse and interact remotely. While many RV and RA technologies have been developed, their declination for industrial uses and the world's ownership of factories have yet to be confirmed. One of the IRT's technology platforms, Technocampus Smart Factory, and its virtual reality industrial centre, inaugurated last November in St Nazaire, is one of the levers, but beyond the pooling of equipment, a more structuring partnership was needed.
CLARTE / IRT Jules Verne: a structuring partnership for industrial VR / AR uses
In order to accelerate the development of RV/RA technology bricks useful to the industry, the IRT Jules Verne has chosen to rely on a major player in the field, CLARTE, which has been working for many years with companies for research and development, consulting, expertise and awareness around these technologies.
This collaboration is based on a strategic partnership that includes various components including:
- Collaborative research and innovation on RV/RA applications applied to the field of production.
- Animation: The IRT Jules Verne is tasking CLARTE to set up and manage an animation programme around the RV/RA (conferences, seminars...) coordinated with Technocampus Smart Factory and the EMC2 cluster
- Training: development of an ad hoc training program within the Manufacturing Academy of the IRT Jules Verne
To carry out these various subjects, the IRT Jules Verne will develop, in consultation with CLARTE, an internal technological research team on the theme of RV/RA applied to the field of production. Initially CLARTE provides a person who will be integrated into the heart of the research teams of the IRT Jules Verne.
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