In a joint project funded by Mecklenburg-West Pomerania’s ministry of economic affairs, Fraunhofer IGD and SEAR GmbH from Rostock is developing a 3D visualization of production information based on role-specific requirements. The goal is to move a human’s role in manufacturing “from user to cooperating controller, regulator and designer”. This places new demands on users and human-machine interfaces.
The control station applications:
- Record information and present it by task
- Adapt to the mental model of users
- Give users a quick overview and help them with critical decisions
- Offer adaptive visualization for different roles and views
- Support touch interaction, mobile devices and distributed displays
- Run simultaneously at different locations (multi-desktop capability)
- Facilitate cooperative work
The user can see the status of the production system from a wide range of perspectives (logical, production-oriented, consumption-oriented, etc.) and intervene in the basic system through the user interface.
Control station applications in the production environment are needed on every kind of equipment with different requirements. This is why another focus of the project is the distributed display of production information. All equipment is connected through a range of different interfaces and works with the same database, meaning the quality and timeliness of information can heavily affect production. This is why technology is being developed that can navigate through diverse equipment landscapes.
To ensure the application can be individually used in different fields with flexibility, suitable configuration options are being developed. These simple configurations (i.e., without reprogramming the application) guarantee efficient use.