The integration of new technologies as part of the concept of Industry 4.0, following the industrial revolution, involves activities related to the automation and optimization of data flow between devices and systems, people and business processes.
An essential factor is the ability to transform complex real-world objects into the structured digital form of an intelligent three-dimensional model.
The concept of Industry 4.0 contains many independent ideas. Digital Plant is one of them. For the Digital Factory to exist, Digital Twin, IIoT technologies should be implemented, used in Preventive Maintenance processes and combined with the Integrated Workplace Management System. Sounds complicated? Indeed, it is! However, this is how our reality begins to look and this is the future of us all.
As a 3DSCANNERS Team, we decided to support and supply these systems with base data – intelligent 3D models.
Digital Twin consists of a digital 3D model, a database and their combination with a real object. For this relationship to occur, you need modelling tools that will faithfully reproduce the design and properties of the machine, as well as those that allow you to perform simulations.
Augmented Reality allows to display 3D models and additional object information on a screen as seen by the engineer or technician, making it easier for them to conduct training or maintenance work. . The camera of the mobile device recognizes the characteristic points of the environment and positions the 3D model on their basis.
Additive Manufacturing, (otherwise 3D printing), layer by layer implements a previously prepared 3D model that was created directly in a dedicated software or point cloud from laser scanning/photogrammetry – a solution that is increasingly used in production and industry.
The Industrial Internet of Things connects communication tools between devices and their users. These are mainly sensors that send feedback to systems on the operation of devices and their ambient conditions. All this requires adequate infrastructure. With thousands of sensors working non-stop, in real time, in huge industrial structures, effective management requires a visual representation of all recorded information and events – an interactive panel that connects databases with a three-dimensional representation.
Intelligent robotization is a process of learning by industrial robots how to perform the tasks assigned to them, thanks to the information obtained from e.g. Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The MES is increasingly often combined with 3D visualization tools that significantly improve the interpretation of data obtained from sensors and boost production efficiency.