New possibilities in every sector
Machine@Hand was developed as an industrial support system for the manufacturing industry, where procedures and maintenance processes are becoming increasingly challenging and complex. Disassembling and reassembling large machinery simply for training purposes is not only time-consuming and expensive, but also often almost impossible logistically. This makes training on the actual machine extremely complicated. This is why the mechanical engineering company Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG uses Machine@Hand to train its service engineers. Dr. Mario Aehnelt, head of the Visual Assistance Technologies Competence Center, sees very clearly the applicability and the potential for other sectors: “Machine@Hand can essentially be used for any kind of machine or technical unit, so, for example, medical personnel can be trained in the use of new dialysis systems.”
Ease of use and active involvement
In a virtual training environment, which can be operated on VR glasses, a tablet or a smartphone, three-dimensional work instructions are displayed in context and with exact positioning, producing an authentic learning effect. Setting up the training application is also intuitive and requires no programming knowledge. Based on modular 3D models, display options such as hiding and showing, color-highlighting, animating objects, and integrating text, images and videos make it exceedingly simple to determine what information should be displayed. The trainees are not just consumers, rather they are able to add their own comments to the training scenarios and share their ideas with others. This collaborative aspect also quite incidentally teaches successful teamwork.
Fraunhofer IGD invites you to the “Go-Visual” workshop on October 24, 2019 in Berlin, where representatives from business and science meet every year to discuss the possibilities and latest developments of visual support for production. This year’s focus is on virtual training. On October 25, 2018, the first roadshow for all Machine@Hand users and interested parties will also be held in Berlin, focusing on constructive exchange both between the guests themselves and with the developers.