As part of the "SmARt Factory" project, Accso
has extended a fischertechnik factory model by several mixed reality and augmented reality applications. A digital twin to a sorting plant complements the physical plant model. This twin can be influenced by the signals of the real sensors and actuators. The Smart Factory and Augmented Reality applications thus enable the planning, analysis and visualization of production plants and processes. The mixed reality data glasses HoloLens 1 and 2 from Microsoft serve as the medium for this mixture of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and machine learning.
The potential of predictive maintenance is demonstrated with data analytics via cloud services and machine learning. For example, the status of the engine is highlighted in color in the mixed reality display. The aim of predictive maintenance is to identify potential operational disruptions in advance (e.g. engine overheating) and thus prevent downtimes and production losses from occurring in the first place.
Another augmented reality application was designed specifically for smartphones and tablets to enable remote control of a factory plant in a team. Here, several users can simultaneously remotely control an industrial plant and, with the help of the digital twin, both view the current status of the production plant and leave comments for other users on key components such as the vacuum pump.