Factory Planning with VISCOPIC

Factory Planning with VISCOPIC

Planning the interior of rooms can often be a difficult task. Placing objects is not easy if you don’t know how they will ultimately work in certain environments. Does the table really match this sofa? Can the refrigerator be placed like this so that all the necessary connections are still accessible? These are questions that everyone has already had to ask themselves when furnishing a room.

Planning and designing interior with AR apps

IKEA offers a solution for all those who want to prevent all kinds of later mistakes during the planning stage. With the IKEA Place app, various pieces of furniture can be selected from a 3D model database to show how they will look in the real environment.  The app uses the motion sensors and cameras of smartphones to blend digital elements into the real world. In contrast to virtual reality applications, AR does not create a new environment. Instead, virtual components are transferred to the real world and placed realistically. On the screen of the end device, the virtual piece of furniture can thus be seen true to scale in 3D in the real environment. 

Industrial Planning of Interiors

This makes it easier to plan in the home, of course – but what if large machines in production halls are involved, where every position of a connection must fit with high precision?

Errors can often occur in the equipment of production halls due to faulty planning, which in the end means a high amount of time and cost. Here, too, the AR concept can be used to its advantage – already in advance, it is easier to estimate which layouts make sense for the rooms to be equipped and thus make implementation much easier. 

This can be particularly helpful when planning production facilities or machine halls. Models of robots and machines can be projected in real size as holograms into the room in order to optimize the conception of rooms. Using the virtual images of the machines, it can be tested where and how they should be placed. This prevents wrong decisions and makes the planning process much easier.

Displaying complex models in AR

But with which software can such large models be displayed? 3D models of machines are usually highly complex, data-intensive representations, and many hardware products do not have sufficient computing power to display them. Here, the software VISCOPIC Polygons offers a solution. 

With the program VISCOPIC Polygons, production or logistics layouts can be planned efficiently. This is made possible by automatically optimising 3D CAD models and adapting them for true-to-scale display on data glasses or mobile devices. Processes can thus be tested for their practical suitability by placing holograms of plants, shelves and other important elements. Models of all kinds of objects can be projected in real size into the room to analyze and optimize their appearance, conception and properties. Virtual images of the products can be used to test the potential and risks of placing them in specific environments. Furthermore, they show how they can be arranged as efficiently as possible. Thus, wrong decisions are avoided and the planning process is facilitated enormously. For example, POLYGONS enables the creation of digital 3D measuring chains in the real environment. Especially for checking the compliance with ergonomic limits in workplace design, such as the height of shelves, walking paths or the space for movement at the workplace, the virtual planning of the environment before installing the real hardware can provide important information. The layout changes created in 3D and AR can then be transferred back to a standard planning tool.

VISCOPIC project examples

Together with their project partners and customers, VISCOPIC offers a simple and intuitive way to plan the equipment of production halls. Applications for data glasses as well as tablets were developed, with which the machines, plants, shelves as well as all necessary further objects can be projected in real size as holograms and virtual 3D objects into the room. Thus, connections, alignments, safety distances and efficient placement for existing workflows can be tested without having to place the large real machines for testing at high time and cost. Thanks to the possibility of using the applications on the HoloLens 2, changing the virtual objects via interactions is made easier by simple hand gestures. The efficiency in planning is thus increased enormously, errors are reduced and the costs and time required are minimized.

The technologies around Augmented Reality are developing rapidly and find more and more fields of application, which results in a growing interest in AR. In the area of layout planning, significant progress has already been made through the integration of AR. Do you also have ideas or a concrete use case for the use of Augmented Reality for process optimization? Please contact us at info@viscopic.com!

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