Application of virtual reality and augmented reality to industrial processes

ALSTOM SPAIN USES AUGMENTED REALITY AND VIRTUAL REALITY FOR THE TRAINING OF WELDERS AND PAINTERS AT ITS SANTA PERPÈTUA FACTORY

Alstom’s industrial center in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda was one of the first factories in the sector in Spain to incorporate the Industry 4.0 model into its workflows. The center’s Special Processes team has recently launched several initiatives to implement new technologies in critical processes at the manufacture of trains and trams, such as the welding of boxes or the painting of rolling stock. Both processes require specific training that, due to their nature, involves the use of materials similar to those used in production and the generation of various types of waste.

In the case of welding, Alstom has developed AWATAR (Assistance Welding Alstom Transport Augmented Reality), a solution that allows, through augmented reality, to simulate real work situations with scale models of the different parts of trains and trams. AWATAR is used in recruitment processes, personnel training, and programming workflows to be applied later in the production chain.

In the case of painting, the process is carried out using virtual reality. Once the glasses are on, the professional can visualize a digital replica of the train and apply the paint, while the selection or training team can observe the entire process through an external monitor.

The implementation of this type of technology has made it possible to improve the quality of learning, considerably reduce training time, and offer a more sustainable alternative that does not involve the consumption of paint products.