And while the need for testing in any industrial setting has been non-negotiable for a long time, discrete-event simulation (DES) was the default testing method for decades, while 2D modelling was widely accepted as the norm.
In practice, this was proving increasingly problematic. Firstly, 2D illustrations leave more room for error. If design changes need to be made, it can be expensive, time-consuming, and even a bit risky to use 2D drawings alone.
Not only that, but they needed multiple drawings, and without expert guidance, these could be difficult to understand. This is, ultimately, where Emulate3D came in.
Speed and safety
If the commissioning process is the first time you are seeing a new implementation in operation, rework and delays will be inevitable. Every industrial worker knows this, as they understand the consequent negative effects to project timelines, safety, reliability and revenue generation that result from improper testing.
And where 2D modelling fell short, we were able to ensure 3D modelling picked up the slack. The result was increased revenue thanks to faster time-to-market and higher-quality products. And with more informed decision taken at the design stage, and consequently better solutions implemented for end users, profit margins went up.
Having understood the benefits, let’s take a closer look at some of the use cases of XR application in industrial environments.
Research and Design
Design processes are not typically fast – or cheap. A typical process will begin by reviewing plans, and materials, before a working prototype is built. This prototype is reviewed for defects or performance issues, and often several iterations of the prototype are required before stakeholders are satisfied. XR can allow manufacturers to reach the review process without incurring any costs and delays in creating the product or numerous physical prototypes beforehand.
Training workers in a digital environment is not only cheaper and quicker, it also allows for proactive pre-empting of what-if scenarios without any risk to operators, systems, or products. Used properly, this can vastly reduce incidents, injuries, and delays in production.
Picking the Right Solution
For manufacturers, it is important to understand that the success of XR implementation is not just achieved through the latest technology alone. Businesses need expertise to choose the correct use cases, and knowledge to design the experience.
Choosing an XR partner is not a small undertaking and customers should consider working with reputable businesses that have a history of understanding and pioneering XR projects. Rockwell Automation can work as an experienced partner to guide your business through to digital transformation.
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