Virtual Reality softwares in the industrial sector

29/11/2018

Virtual reality in the industrial sector

Are Virtual Reality softwares beneficial in the industrial sector ?

Already in many users scopes, VR technologies have increased their presence in the professional world and find numerous industrial applications thanks to VR software units.

However, it is important to know the difference between a  professional VR software and VR solutions dedicated to the general public, mainly developed in the video games universe.

Besides the advertisement aspect in which the user progresses in a post-apocalyptic world or drives a Formula 1, VR software tecs find real application alongside industrial companies.

The development of specific products as aeronautics, aerospace or oil industries can profit VR solutions, particularly to set up real conditions in conception and innovation.

Moreover, upgrading and optimizing success in team work can be enhanced thanks to virtual team collaboration solutions.

3 VR softwares uses :

In an industrial way, the use of VR softwares requires three needs or aspects which are engineering, production and learning.

From the engineering point of view, a VR product solution will allow the creation of an immersive environment to collaborate efficiently with colleagues or partners and experiences for all the conception process. It will be easy to discuss, annotate, design or comment the project directly with the client during its conception.

A VR application will allow a phase of validation of the product concept, to evaluate the ergonomics, to check the accessibility, to simulate the assembly sequence specific to the product. Team members in charge of the project will be able to interact as users or product operators.

Finally, the notion of learning and transmission of technological knowledge to the teams, will also be significantly simplified by the use of a virtual reality software. It will be possible to train a team to make technical and delicate movements, without any trial or time limit (except those specified by the customer for the realization of the product). Then, will start  the learning process of virtual reality, but also the fulfilment of specific task sequences or verification of skills and expertise acquired.

Customization and autonomy thanks to virtual reality technologies and applications.

A VR software must allow to acquire autonomy in the realization and the customization of projects that are technological, industrial, cooperative, etc. The purpose is to be able to configure its VR application and customize its own VR experience to precisely fulfill the needs of the project.
Once installed, a stand-alone VR solution must allow the user to create their own VR session.

The VR software developed by SkyReal was conceived to answer the requirements of the industry, for Airbus in particular. It was then experimented with Airbus and Ariane Espace.

This software works with a paid licence giving access to new versions almost every two months. Those licences can be easily downloaded allowing the client to constantly adapt its VR environment thanks to the latest updates of the software.

In terms of performances, they are real and well-known by the users. Indeed, it is possible to load very large models and, for instance, use them in a collaborative VR session. The combination of SkyReal algorithmes and the UnReal engine can reach substantial performances.

The success of the integration of a virtual tool in an industrial project will depend on the experience provided by the VR software itself. The VR platform developed by SkyReal relies on a ten year work and iterative developments also by a real operational application with Airbus. Its operational application by several companies confirms its relevance and efficiency.