Pokemon Go's boom vision distorts the true origin of Augmented Reality, AR. Yes, not only is its industrial use utopian, it is real and the origin of its creation during the development of the iconic Boeing 747. Tom Caudell, Boeing scientist and researcher, created the term by observing the time lost by his workers. Tom imagined a solution that described a digital screen that combined virtual graphics interspersed in the physical plane. The same as Tom Caudell, from Muutech we also asked ourselves: Why continue reading instructions in industry, or accessing machines to check their status? What if the reality of our business appears in front of our eyes?
Industry 4.0 undoubtedly brings us closer to real time control of our plant, with data on: production processes, services, production consumptions, infrastructure, etc. This level of control above all affects the saving of costs both temporary and monetary, prevention is the cornerstone of change in the industry. But data is just that, data. Its visualization is also a key factor in this evolutionary process.
With the help of the growing paradigm of augmented reality, we have developed prototypes for the real industry. These start from a premise, using smartphone or tablets to show from your camera what happens in our plant, simply pointing our device to the machine, component, sensor or plant. We will be able to know what is happening in real time and change to another element by simply fixing it within the field of view of our camera.
Some data that support augmented reality
At DHL's logistics centre in the Netherlands, a study was carried out on the benefits of Augmented Reality in logistics tasks through intelligent glasses. The result was positive as this technology was of great value since the efficiency of picking or collection of material improved by more than 25%.
As an example of the potential of this technology, we have developed several models from Lego parts, the last of which is a very common robot arm in industry. Starting from this model we have monitored and processed several of its most relevant data such as: OEE, cycle time, power of different engines, number of parts, etc.. All this data will be stored and can be reviewed by saving with them their associated timestamp. These data are shown in a dashboard or very intuitive control panel, where we see temporary graphs, peaks, etc.. All this allows us at a glance to know all its status and generate alerts if necessary. We have given an added value to these data adding in addition, augmented reality, to exploit completely these data and to facilitate their observation making possible to see them from a mobile or tablet when being next to the machine.
Muutech considers augmented reality to be a fundamental field in the industry of the future and for this reason we continue to advance in new projects that bring new technologies closer to your company, creating solutions that help to save costs and time, growing hand in hand with the added value that data and technology provide about them.