By utilizing AR-enabled operation manuals, operators receive visual instructions directly on physical objects, without having to interrupt their workflow to consult printed manuals. AR operation manuals thus reduce operating time as well as human error in the course of complicated assembly or maintenance procedures.
One component of Misterine’s project with the European Space Agency (ESA) and GE Aviation is the development of a software environment for the creation of AR operation manuals. This solution enables users to create their own targeted AR manuals rather than less efficient single-use development solutions.
Users can enhance their ability to manipulate equipment and execute procedures with augmentation that promotes learning through the use of the AR device itself. With each step, trainees check procedure details and devices components, either visually or in writing. AR systems also verify and record the performance of these trainings. AR training reduces the number of required trainers, training time, as well as overall costs.
AR technology can be utilized for quality assurance, especially in the situation where activities of operators can be monitored and assessed by visual recognition. Our boxed solutions can not only recognize errors and give corrective actions, but also provide necessary information for each part or process as required.
At factories with one-piece flow manufacturing, AR reduces takt time and human error. When a product flows to an operator, a higher mounted camera recognizes the product, software determines the necessary parts and a projector displays instructions on a working table. Operators can thus reduce time by eliminating the need to check written instructions and correct mistakes.
The VIPER Project
Project VIPER is the joint development of an “AR manual” for engine assembly among ESA (European Space Agency), GE Aviation and Misterine. The aim of the project is to automate the creation of AR instructions based on CAD, technical data and other product data for use with the highly complex GE engine.
Misterine is developing an AR authoring tool as part of the project which provides a platform for automatic, semi-automatic and manual process creation including general structure, animation and human readable description. The authoring tool also provides an integrity check in case the input data has been altered. It works in the following manner: importing CAD data, analyzing the data for semantic information and enhancing it with additional domain-relevant information in order to automatically create industry manuals, processes and training protocols.
The AR manual created with this authoring tool can be played on many devices ranging from smart phones to smart glasses. Together with advanced image recognition and accurate spatial tracking, we are aiming to achieve higher efficiency and safety within industrial processes.
The project has just entered to its final stage, and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
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Visualization of Written Manuals and Documents
- Reducing operation time (especially when inputs are variable)
- Solving manpower limitations (especially of skilled workers)
- Increasing work efficiency
- Reducing training burden
Image Recognition and Provision of Corrective Actions
- Reducing human error
- Improving quality assurance
- Maintaining statistics and creating reports