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Augmented Reality in manufacturing

Augmented Reality in manufacturing

At the end of April 5,000 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors came together at the Hannover Messe to get insights on future trends and present their solutions for an “Integrated Industry”. Device Insight participated as partner of automation specialist KUKA and demonstrated its vision of connecting IoT and augmented reality to reduce maintenance costs and increase the productivity of machines and plants.
Augmented Reality in manufacturing: Hanover Fair 2019

When it comes to Industry 4.0 and smart factories, we are talking about the new opportunities offered by augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). According to the US market researcher Gartner, AR is one of 3 megatrends (see article in German) besides AI and digital platforms. Mixed reality applications in the production are based on process data and operating data of plants. These data are being collected and evaluated in the IoT platform, which is ensured by the IoT key technologies edge and cloud computing.

All the plant components are connected in the cloud and, thus, can be monitored in a centralized way. Functions range from device management (“Which devices are online?”), asset dashboard (“What is the current value of my data points? Which trends are emerging?”), condition monitoring (“Which is the status of my system?”), KPI builder (“Which KPIs can I derive from my time series data?”) to remote service with AR (“How can I resolve faults quickly, efficiently and remotely by using augmented reality?”).

Smart glasses turn into a real tool

Device Insight presented AR in Hanover as a practical application for smart services. This application provides additional information to images and videos made by service technicians with their smart glasses or tablets standing in a production hall. By this means, an expert can support maintenance works remotely via live stream and video telephony.

“The expert is able to see the machine or plant as if he was there. He can guide and navigate the technician whose hands are free while using smart glasses”, this is how Paul Martin Halm, Head of Product Management, explains the advantage of Device Insight’s solution. If required, the expert can watch the records on a machine’s critical transmission, pause it, take screenshots and recommend suitable actions. Malfunctions are quickly eliminated and time-consuming on-site inspections are reduced.

The feature proves to be unique combining AR and IoT data, which are displayed via a head-up view in the technician’s vision field. Thus, the service employee has a permanent virtual dashboard on his smart glasses or a tablet.

From an IoT perspective, applications that combine plant data from an IoT platform with local sound and image files are particularly important. They optimize maintenance processes, allow a higher availability and productivity of machines and bring genuine added value to a smart production.

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2018/04/09
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Augmented Reality – raising IoT and smart services to a new level

Device Insight is presenting possible applications of AR for the first time at Hannover Messe 2018.
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Augmented Reality – raising IoT and smart services to a new level

Augmented Reality – raising IoT and smart services to a new level

Munich – At Hannover Messe 2018, Device Insight will, for the first time, present the application possibilities of augmented reality using smart glasses and tablets. This new service connects on-site technicians to remote specialists, combining IoT platform data with on the spot live footage. A perfect example of the practical implementation of this year’s fair’s motto: Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate.

Device Insight at Hanover Fair 2018

“Moving the World of IoT” is this year’s motto for Munich IoT pioneer Device Insight for its appearance in Hanover. Visitors to the fair can see for themselves what this involves from April 23 to 27: At the KUKA stand, Device Insight, together with its partner connyun, presents how technicians in production or plant buildings can connect with experts using smart glasses and tablets. Machine and plant data are recorded and transferred to experts via live stream who can then provide concrete assistance with maintenance and disruption work without being themselves present. The experts are able to observe the situation “through the eyes” of the technician. They can send back images and edited screenshots from the live stream for the technician to navigate. Not only can maintenance personnel’s problems practically solve themselves thanks to audio-visual remote support but also the specialists are spared costly, time-consuming travel.

Technicians can observe plant health

Smart service can do a lot more: It allows the inclusion of machine data, delivering the technician additional context-sensitive operation information from the IoT platform during inspection. Like a head-up display in a car, the technician has a permanent virtual dashboard on his smart glasses or tablet, displaying information just like on a driver’s windshield

“After the success of human-machine interaction seen with the advent of smartphones and tablets, mixed reality applications are definitely seen as the next big trend,” explains CEO Reinhold Stammeier. “Our new application can link the Internet of Things with augmented reality, thus optimizing maintenance and repair processes. This generates genuine added value for our industry customers through lower maintenance costs and higher availability and productivity of machines.”

Internet of Things as a basis for new business models

The augmented reality and remote service features are embedded in the IoT platform CENTERSIGHT NG, operated on the Microsoft cloud platform Azure. The platform is used particularly by mid-sized companies to implement intelligent IoT services and, according to the Fraunhofer Institute, belongs to Germany’s leading IoT platforms. It supports open standard protocols such as OPC UA and is compatible with almost all IoT components. Specific protocols can be easily deployed by Stream Connectors in CENTERSIGHT NG, as used in existing installations.

Device Insight’s IoT platform therefore supports all companies who cannot tolerate downtime. It also enables the fast launch of IoT services through a variety of modules including Device management and predictive maintenance. Since all data streams are recorded, managed and prepared for analysis, CENTERSIGHT NG offers an ideal basis for new business models and services.

Meet Device Insight’s experts at the fair – in person and in live demos. We look forward to seeing you in Hall 17 / Stand G23. Get your personal free ticket for Hannover Messe 2018 here.

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