augmented reality in your factory!
integrate AR into your plant and improve your industrial operations?
What is augmented reality (also called AR or augmented reality)? You’ve probably heard this term before, but what does it really mean?
Often assimilated to a strange term in science fiction movies, augmented reality is now closer to everyday life and is gradually developing in the industrial world.
This technology integrates virtual elements in 3D (in real time) within a real environment. The principle is to combine the virtual and the real worlds to give the impression of a perfect integration to the user.
Diota uses the concept of AR in an industrial context, using digital models to bring virtual information directly into the physical sp
Before continuing, it is important to understand the difference between all the different existing technologies: mixed reality, virtual or augmented reality, so many terms for which we will provide some explanations.
We have already explained this concept previously, but there is nothing to prevent us from making a reminder before highlighting the difference with the term virtual reality (or VR).
Here we don’t just superimpose virtual information on an image but we integrate synthetic information in the real environment (we take into account the fact that an element can hide certain information etc.)
Examples of applications include Ikea Place and Measure, which measures the height and length of objects or surfaces.
Conversely, virtual reality consists in immersing a user in a reality entirely generated and assisted by computer. Immersion is usually enabled by hardware devices such as VR goggles, virtual reality headsets or walled rooms with video screens to fill the user’s entire field of view.
In fact, VR brings an immersion in a 100% synthetic/digital environment.
Matterport 3D virtual tours are a good example of virtual reality application.
What’s behind this new term? It is nothing more or less than another way of characterizing virtual data. Here, it is not digital data that will be displayed in a real environment but the opposite.
One or more pieces of information from the real world will be imported and displayed in a digital environment. For example, when a user equipped with a virtual reality helmet will see his own hands appear in the digital world in which he is immersed and interact with it.
For mixed reality, it is a fusion between real and virtual worlds where digital and physical objects (e.g. mixed reality headsets) cohabit together in order to create new environments.
Mixed reality is differentiated by a very specific interaction of digital content with physical space. It remains a dimension that covers all forms of augmented reality, that is, all degrees of fusion between the real and virtual worlds.
To summarize, augmented reality consists in bringing digital content directly into the real world, virtual reality displays physical information in a digital environment and mixed reality is augmented reality.
As previously mentioned, Augmented Reality consists in adding virtual information (texts, animations, images, 3D models, …) in the real environment.
To do this, Augmented Reality inlays this information into the user’s environment in different ways:
However, this information must be embedded in the right place. It is therefore necessary to know where this information is located in relation to the means of restitution.
For this purpose, one or more sensors are used to ensure this location. We can thus find:
Augmented Reality solutions are therefore distinguished by the means of restitution and the means of capture that they use, but also by the way they use the latter to localize themselves.
A first category of solution aims at locating itself in relation to the global environment. For example, the use of cell phone sensors (GPS, inertial navigation system, cameras…) allows to locate oneself outdoors (PokemonGo, GoogleMaps LiveView…) and to display information that remains stable in relation to the world. In the same way, other solutions allow us to locate ourselves indoors and to place elements that will remain anchored and stable in our environment (Ikea application…).
Within the industry of the future, augmented reality reshapes many aspects such as the increase in competence of operators and their way of interacting with a real working environment by importing digital data.
Thus, operators are guided step by step with information in various forms:
This replaces the time-consuming, manual processes of the past and makes task execution much faster and simpler. There are multiple gains brought by AR in the industrial environment, whether it is remote visualization, better transmission of information, or feedback of field data to the digital twin etc.
Manufacturers are increasingly confronted with the challenges of operational efficiency and performance, and must adapt quickly to the multiple demands of the market in an increasingly complex and variable context: the need for product customization, growing competition, pressure on costs, etc. Digital technologies such as augmented reality help to meet these challenges by improving the operational efficiency of industrial processes.
Companies like yours are leveraging the value of AR, so why not you?
Many industries in all types of sectors are already benefiting from a successful implementation of an AR solution in their plants and have significant gains in ROI and added value.
Industries that have successfully deployed AR in their plants have been able to dramatically improve quality and consequently reduce costs related to errors or customer dissatisfaction.
Learn how Diota's customers are leveraging augmented reality to improve their bottom line and differentiate their brand in our special AR case studies.
With this type of AR technology, you have the ability to create and transmit digital work instruction sheets to your field operators that will overlay the digital in the real environment. The accompaniment of your operators step by step will allow you to gain in efficiency and to make your operations more productive and qualitative.
Diota's solutions provide an effective response to many industrial sectors on their problems and performance issues for maintenance, assembly (production) and inspection (quality control) teams, notably by:
Some industrial operations are still performed manually and are complex and time-consuming, which can be the source of errors and additional costs. Yet where quality control is concerned, the processes require the highest level of reliability and accuracy.
Using an augmented reality technology can be the solution to this problem.
With AR, anomalies are detected upstream before they are exported to the end customer, reducing costs and time.
In addition, we also observe:
Thus, AR is a real solution for making assembly operations more reliable through effective operator guidance and simplification of complex tasks. It reduces the risk of errors related to the interpretation of documentation, and supports inspection operations to make them complete and accurate.
In addition, integrating augmented reality tools will help strengthen the traceability of operations in factories.
Using Diota's AR technologies also allows you to collect field data and ensure that your documentation is always up to date. This data can then be stored and used by design offices to feed your digital twin, effectively improving processes, product design and traceability.
And many other advantages...
Using new technologies such as AR can support the operators in their operational tasks to improve the company’s performance and build the operator of tomorrow.
In the era of Industry 4.0, the choice to deploy an augmented reality solution in industry is to bring the right information at the right time and place, and contribute to:
All the data collected thanks to augmented reality can be used to promote the digital transformation of information, optimize industrial processes and contribute to better traceability.
AR applications can be used via various hardware devices:
Ideal for flexibility of action and allows operators to rotate around the inspected object.
Adaptable workstation with flexible industrial camera for precision operations on single parts and sub-assemblies.
Ergonomic equipment that allows for a wide variety of uses (at Diota we call it a DoStation).
Accurately projects assembly instructions directly onto the equipment for effective hands-free operator guidance.
Allows you to view instructions directly on the work area while keeping your hands free, and to validate operations or report any observations.
Useful for quick and isolated operations on complex products where hands-free operation is required and in confined spaces.
More suitable for short operations on complex equipment where the operator needs to have his hands free and to obtain a quality graphic rendering.
With these connected tools and augmented reality, digital work instructions are easily displayed and visualized regardless of the company’s environment and develop operators’ skills, helping to build the augmented operator alias the operator 4.0.
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Assistance in NDT inspection
Assistance to operations in
a maintenance context
To choose the right use case, focus your efforts and research on operations that generate costly defects (non-conformances), long or unscheduled downtime, plant safety problems or high customer dissatisfaction.
Before you get started, you should also ask yourself the right questions:
Once these questions are answered, you will be ready to determine the best use case for your plant and launch the project. Then all you have to do is find the solution and above all, the right supplier!
You should know that at Diota, we address many use cases through augmented reality. To help you better identify your use case, discover our white paper “Top 10 use cases for augmented reality in industry” which should help you implement an AR technology in your factory.
Today, everything deploys and evolves very quickly, and the same goes for these AR technologies that will continually evolve and improve. What we can say for the future of these solutions is that the new versions will be based on these different axes:
It goes without saying that you will also have to choose the most efficient solution that is best suited to your industrial environment. Many industrial software publishers are setting up demos or test of their augmented reality solutions, but the industrial implementation of these technologies often goes no further than the POC.
At Diota, we see beyond that to enable you to deploy augmented reality in your factories and make AR a real production and control tool integrated into your processes.