ESI Group and Diota combine VR and AR for manufacturing

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French software companies ESI Group and Diota have combined their virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) solutions to address productivity, quality, traceability and operational risk challenges within manufacturing.

ESI’s VR solution for industrial applications, IC.IDO, and Diota’s AR-based information delivery system are being combined to spot problems earlier on in product design and manufacturing, and inform and educate professionals within the industry.

The companies are demonstrating several use cases for the combined solutions at Laval Virtual in France this week.

According to ESI, IC.IDO, already being used by Boeing, Bombardier, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and Safran, helps engineers identify design risks as early as possible in the product and process lifecycles.

Diota’s AR solutions help factory operators better understand and carry out complex operations through step-by-step digital work instructions and visual aids delivered in their workspace.

The companies’ combined solution promises digital continuity between the validation and distribution of manufacturing and maintenance procedures, ESI said.

At Laval Virtual, ESI and Diota are demonstrating how using both of their solutions addresses issues arising in the definition and execution of procedural information by making sure factory operators access product design information and work instructions whenever they need it, on-the-job or during training.

Paris-based Diota raised €7 million in funding earlier this year, marking a new and significant step in the pursuit of its European development strategy.