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AR-Maintenance System

Research project uses „Augmented Reality“

Computer-based extension of the perception of reality: Research project “AR-Maintenance System” focuses on “Augmented Reality” |
Special challenges lie in 3D object recognition, indoor navigation, and data management.

Augmented reality smart glasses are designed to make the service of wind energy systems much easier.

The number of wind turbines is growing at a rapid pace, and so is the necessary effort to maintain the turbines. These service activities are very costly and time-intensive, and the elaborately trained professional staff is scarce. It is, therefore, necessary to make the work of these professionals as simple and effective as possible. That’s why AnyMotion GmbH in cooperation with the BIBA (Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH) and the company COMback from Oberreichenbach are developing the “AR-Maintenance System”. The joint research project of the development partners runs for two years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy as part of the “Central Innovation Program for SMEs” (ZIM) program.

“AR” stands for “augmented reality” and denotes the computer-assisted expansion of the perception of reality. “Maintenance” stands for “Maintenance”. The project partners, therefore, develop an assistance system for service technicians, which expands reality by visually displaying information on the maintenance process and facilitating the documentation. In the near future, it will be a reality that a service technician in a wind turbine is navigated to the place where he has to carry out a maintenance or repair. There he gets precise instructions for his job through the glasses. What’s more, the smart glass captures their work and take over the numerous, annoying documentation duties. No more hand-sheets, pens, and forms.

Through a semi-transparent 3D smart glasses, their bearers perceive all real things as normal. In addition, the glasses can display helpful data and information. The glasses also registered what their wearer is looking at over an inbuilt camera. This is made possible by the latest technology and a highly complex, underlying software. It is initially planned that the system will only provide valuable services to WEA service technicians, but it is also possible to use the system in other areas in the future.

The challenges in the project are the indoor navigation (AnyMotion GmbH), the visualization, the recording and delivery of maintenance instructions and objects as well as the object recognition (BIBA) as well as the management of large amounts of data (COMback).

Visit the project page
https://ar-maintenance.de

…more Information can found here.

Services of AnyMotion:

  • Development assistance system for service technician
  • Software development
  • Indoor navigation and visualization
  • Computer-assisted augmentation of reality perception
  • Collecting and delivering of maintenance instructions
  • Object recognition
  • Management of large amounts of data

 

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