Disruptive Innovation & Industry 4.0 Development by IN4.0

Virtual Factory

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Our Virtual Factory solutions provide a digital copy of a future or present factory, helping you to get a full grasp of everything within your factory including all machines, production lines, installations and services.

In the virtual factory, all objects and production lines within the factory are fully visualised in 3D, ensuring you can work through the makeup of your business and make sure that your processes and networks are perfectly organised.

If you’re looking for a solution to help you promote and market your business, plan your space or help with operational optimisation, get in touch!

A Virtual Factory tour is the perfect tool to promote and market your services!

We use the latest 3D scanning and photo imaging technology to create a highly immersive experience that’s just as impactful as being in the actual factory. The end user can easily navigate through the space looking in any direction they like and gain a deep understanding of the environment they are browsing.

How Long Does it Take?
The scanning process is quick, taking roughly a day dependant on the size of your facility, and will not disrupt your shop floor activity.

The scan is then edited and processed and is available to view normally within a week.  The 3D immersive scan is hosted online and can be added to your website or viewed on a desktop computer, tablet and or your mobile. The scan data can also be viewed on a VR headsets such as Oculus or Samsung Gear. We can add and tag key information to the 3D images taking the experience to an even more immersive level. 

What Can a Virtual Factory Tour be Used for?

  • Website and marketing promotions.
  • At exhibitions and client presentations.
  • Health and safety training and inductions.

A Virtual Factory model is an extremely useful tool to help with space planning. We can digitise plants, buildings or spaces and create game-like environments with interactive 3D walk-throughs.

Scanned environments are converted into a range of 3D model formats to which photo-realistic textures and rendering are applied. These models can be uploaded to a game engine platform, to which constraints and scenarios are added to create a realistic game-like environment. Using this technology, a user can freely walk through the space using a VR headset, a mouse or keyboard controls.

We integrate the 3D model with the laser scanned data providing an ‘as built’ context. Buildings and plants are visualised three-dimensionally down to the last detail to perform collision detections and ensure efficient layout planning.  We will train your team in creating new objects and navigation, that way, it will become a simple matter to integrate a new robot into an existing installation or plant. The geometrical data is stored in a 3D database and is then available for future adaptations and alterations of the factory. The database can be updated and expanded any time.

What Can a Virtual Factory Model be Used for?

  • New plant installations.
  • Shop floor reorganisations.
  • Production process simulations.
  • Training.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of an asset, building or environment that not only represents the geometry but the interactions, processes and systems that allow it to function. This includes relationships between people, places and devices.

Capturing operational technology data via IoT sensors and the intelligent edge makes it possible to harness multiple real-time data feeds to help gather insight and make evidence-based decisions. Combined with artificial intelligence and digital dashboards, asset managers can now move from reactive operations to predictive and proactive running of complex facilities.

With our partners Amazon Web Services, we bring a pedigree in Industrial IoT applications within the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Front line operational teams can visualise critical data through mixed realty, allowing for more practical data handling, more informed decision making and reducing the barriers to digital adoption.

Industrial IoT (IIoT) with virtual reality digital twin brings machines, cloud computing, analytics, and people together to improve the performance and productivity of industrial processes.

Manufacturers can digitise processes, transform business models, and improve performance and productivity, while decreasing waste.

What Can a Digital Twin be Used for?

  • Predictive quality.
  • Planned and predictive maintenance.
  • Asset condition monitoring.
  • Process optimisation.

Funding For Lancashire SMEs

If you’re a Lancashire based SME, you may be eligible to have a Virtual Factory Digital Twin created for free through the UCLan DigitalPlus project.

DigitalPlus is a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and their help is available to companies that meet the below criteria:

  • SME based in Lancashire.
  • Employing less than 250 employees.
  • Trading business-to-business (B2B).
  • Have either an annual turnover not exceeding 50million Euros or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43million Euros.

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