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Smart Industry 1/2018

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Smart Communications Ar and VR the interface low, additional savings have been made by Bergolin because the old terminals’ buttons, switches, and dials are no longer needed. AR completely changes the way user interfaces work. Virtual control panels can be superimposed directly on a machine, which can then be operated by hand gestures and voice commands. Workers wearing smart glasses are able to walk along a line of factory machines, see their performance parameters, and adjust each machine without physically touching it. Maintenance can also be done with the help of remote experts, who can almost literally see things through the eyes of the operator. At its engine plant in Győr, Hungary, Audi has done some AR testing in the area for assembly of original parts, where engines are built by hand in accordance with customers’ specifications. The production process takes several hours and some shelves in the engine assembly area have up to 200 compartments for small parts, many of which look very similar. With a plant pass and a QR code, assembly workers check into their Look, no hands! Hands-free pickup at DHL can actually be fun Workers can adjust each machine without physically touching it Mixed reality At Huawei, VR assists in assembly and wiring of solar power inverters workplace and individual assembly orders are loaded from a central server into the Google Glass spectacles each worker wears. The individual steps of the assembly process for the given engine version are shown over the worker’s right eye in a picture and text presentation. Although Google stalled the development of Glass as a gadget for private use, this project shows how AR can be of great benefit in production facilities. No more science fiction As in the Salt & Pepper VR application mentioned earlier, AR can similarly help in planning production facilities. A virtualized model of a construction machine can be positioned on the ground, created using actual planning data. Engineers and workers can walk around it, or even go inside, to gain a full appreciation of the sight lines and ergonomics of the design at full scale in its intended setting. Does all this sound like science fiction or something restricted to big players with huge budgets? Companies, like CMC Engineers in Hülben near Stuttgart, are starting to address SMEs who are doing specialized engineering work, such as CMC's ViewR VR software. The SMEs offer complete solutions that can be operated by clients without long training processes – and the investment does not have to be in the five-digit area. Gloves on Paintshop workers at Bergolin can leave their protective gloves on when operating a virtual computer terminal While shop floors are just beginning to make use of AR, larger steps have already been made in logistics firms. DHL Supply Chain, a contract logistics specialist within the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has completed global AR pilots for its Vision Picking system and is now expanding its use to warehouses around the globe. The smart glasses used provide visual displays of order-picking instructions along with information on where items are located and where they need to be placed on a cart. This frees the pickers from having to collect and carry paper instructions and allows them to work more efficiently and comfortably. The trials have shown an average improvement in productivity of 15%, along with higher accuracy rates. The user-friendly and intuitive solution has also halved onboarding and training times. DHL's employees have been enthusiastic about being able to use state-ofthe-art technology. They are happy with the comfortable smart glasses and now actually enjoy the process of hands-free picking. VR and AR environments seem bound to make production more efficient and transparent while reducing mistakes – but they also make work a lot more fun. Step by step Workers at Audi's Györ plant in Hungary are shown how to assemble engines by hand 48

VR and AR headsets that are available in the market OUR IOT DEVELOPMENT KIT MAKES IT EASIER THAN EVER TO BE EFFICIENT 1 2 HIGHLY FLEXIBLE, RAPID PROTOTYPING PLATFORM EASIER DESIGN: CONFIGURABLE APPLICATIONS WITH INDUSTRY STANDARD INTERFACES AND SOFTWARE SUPPORT 3 FAST TIME TO MARKET: MULTIPLE SHIELDS FOR SENSOR INTERFACE, WIRED AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY AND MOTOR CONTROL/ACTUATORS 4 5 WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY SIGFOX Wi-Fi EnOcean Thread Wireless Mbus Power over Ethernet CAN SENSORS PI Motion Ambient Light Touch/Proximity/Level Temp, Moisture Proximity, Pressure Heart-rate Data Aquisition ACTUATOR Dual Stepper Motor Dual LED + Ballast BLDC Motor Control + Power Stage 6 Though both of them are most popular among gamers, Oculus Rift (1) and HTC Vive (2) VR headsets can also be used in industrial settings. One of the first AR products for the public was Google Glass (3), which was removed from the market in 2015. In summer 2017, X Company in California started promoting Glass Enterprise Edition especially for industrial and business use. Probably the best known AR headset is Microsoft's HoloLens (4), but there are competitors like Meta’s Meta 2 (5). As an alternative to transparent glasses are headsets with integrated cameras, like HP Windows Mixed Reality (6) WWW.ONSEMI.COM/IOT