Revolutions are accompanied by changes due to their very nature – the same applies to the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industrie 4.0. But how can companies handle the big data that this revolution is producing? The Plant@Hand3D system offers a solution: it displays all key information at a glance, making decision processes easier. Fraunhofer IGD researchers will be presenting their newly developed Plant@Hand3D system at Hannover Messe 2017.
(Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) The flood of data that Industrie 4.0 poses can be enormous and overpowering. Yet employees are able to quickly glance at the multitouch table and view the entire shop floor – including all production machines – immediately detecting any malfunctions. It is Fraunhofer IGD's Plant@Hand3D system that makes this possible, providing an effective response to a great challenge which Industrie 4.0 poses. This revolution on shop floors is achieved thanks to numerous sensors monitoring production: both production systems and processes are becoming intelligent. However, this approach will only work if such data are not only generated, but also interpreted appropriately. In other words, employees must be able to understand the data instantly and provide a rapid, appropriate response.
All key information at a glance
This is exactly where Plant@Hand3D shows its advantages. Until now, each production planning and control system has required its own separate evaluation. Plant@Hand3D brings all key production data together in a single application.
“We have thus created intuitive access to production data,” declares Fraunhofer IGD's Professor Bodo Urban.
The key element of Plant@Hand3D is a digital 3D likeness of the real production plant, which employees see on the interactive multitouch table. This display enables them to manage all data. For example, they can use multitouch gestures to zoom in on particular machines and display brief production data information for individual systems.
With Plant@Hand3D the production manager has the entire production facility under control at all times, and is able to plan and manage more efficiently while the plant is in operation, using a more coordinated approach to delegating tasks to employees. The manager knows immediately should a production process come to a halt or materials run out.
“Plant@Hand3D helps the production manager to make appropriate decisions, enabling a quick response to imminent malfunctions in the future,” explains Urban.
Individual employees also benefit from the system. Displays on the shop floor or tablet PCs at workstations allow employees to view all necessary information and acquire data from production. Even smartwatches can be incorporated into the information chain.
The Fraunhofer researchers will be showing how they speed up production processes and ensure quality with their visual computing technologies at the Fraunhofer Simulation booth D11 in hall 7 between April 24 and 28, 2017.