The main goal of the DuraTag AR experiment is to provide generic Augmented Reality module as a service for training, repairing and maintenance of the machines and its components facilitating MIDIH technologies to evaluate the developed tools with real end users and machines, reaching the appropriate maturity level before market release. The proposed solution could cover most of the scenarios to address the most challenging of problems across different industries creating a connection and end-to-end experience between the customer and the product; an experience from design to manufacture to delivery and usage. Facilitating digitized datasheets for the machines and having different environmental parameters collected using the existing platform (working hours, temperature, previous malfunctions) the AR tools could provide comprehensive data visualization and training.
The developed platform is enabler for the machinery industry that can be used for creation of digital twin for machines, facilitating unique item level identifiers labelled as QR code for collecting data about usage, service, repair, etc. The Augmented Reality module is provided to support presentation of the AR view, which on QR code scan presents 3D models with augmented data about machine and its machine parts. Developed components are supporting product passport, mobile application as an enabler for scanning the smart tags and AR content presentation as well as web application with different user roles for stakeholders, companies and management of product’s and users’ data. The existing complementary DuraTag platform building blocks based on Microsoft Azure are completely replaced with Apache open source technology and extended with new features to support augmented reality. We are using now Apache Server and we have experimented with Apache Kafka, Zeppelin and Flink. The final project architecture of DuraTag platform consist of MIDIH (Apache) components and additional custom-developed components as modular functional blocks with common API.
AR technology is proving highly flexible and is showing great potential in industry sector, there is a space that we want to cover by providing Augmented Reality as a service for training and maintenance leveraging proposed solution for creation of Smart Product. The implemented solution covers various scenarios to address the most challenging of problems across different industries creating a connection and end-to-end experience between the customer and the product; an experience from design to manufacture to delivery and usage. The main benefits of the proposed tools will be optimization of costs, lowering the risk work related injuries, rationalization of operation costs and maintenance, and extended operational life of the equipment. As an additional benefit, the platform use will lower the carbon footprint of the heavy machine industry and will lower the amount of waste by decreasing the manufacturing of new units, reducing transport for repair or landfilling, by extending operational life, recycling and reuse of mechanical parts. Thanks to implementation of MIDIH technologies we have improved the quality of services offered what should increase number of customers and expected revenue. Based on exploitation activities we see huge potential for this service to grow.
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