BMW is using a digital twin to set up its Debrecen, Hungary, plant, where it will start building Neue Klasse electric vehicles.
BMW Group has started "virtual production" in collaboration with Nvidia at its coming factory in Debrecen, Hungary, where it will build full-electric cars on the Neue Klasse platform starting in 2025.
The partnership between BMW Group and Nvidia is based on the tech company’s Omniverse platform, which allows companies to create digital twins of their industrial facilities and processes.
The digital twins can be used to plan and modify production to save time, space and money, and improve outcomes such as initial quality and worker safety, among other benefits.
Jensen Huang, the founder and CEO of Nvidia, and Milan Nedeljkovic, BMW’s production chief, announced the global rollout of virtual planning for all BMW factories on Tuesday at Nvidia’s annual GTC developers’ conference.
"Virtual factory integration can save billions for the world’s industries," Huang said in a keynote address.
Other companies that are using Nvidia’s Omniverse platform include Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Rimac and EV start-up Lucid.
Construction has just started at the Debrecen factory, which is set to open in 2025, but BMW is already testing processes and modifications in its digital twin. BMW says it is the first facility that will be completely virtually planned and validated.
BMW's factory in Regensburg is now fully digitally mapped, and its digital twin is being used for planning future plant structures and configurations. Other BMW plants with digital twins include its U.S. factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and its Munich facility.
In an online demonstration at the developers’ conference, BMW workers showed how adding a robot to a production workstation could be done in the virtual world, including rearranging parts bins.
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