Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are an enabling technology to industry for training, asset management, process and quality control, and assisting with maintenance upkeep.As factories move towards Industry 4.0 practices, AR and VR provide a very elegant way to display relevant and real-time data of machine processes and output. Visualizing a digital-twin of a factory is an effective way to manage and streamline processes and to provide training to personnel without machine downtime.
Virtual Reality for welding training provided by TAFE and WA by giving students the ability to use and be trained in Virtual Reality welding units. The units provide a realistic welding simulation allowing the instructor to provide real-time feedback on welding technique and provide quantitative data from the simulated weld torch. It also saves on welded product and consumables.
A project collaborating with Laserbond and NSW TechVoucher to develop AR visualization of the robot motions to ensure the robot carries out the correct path for bespoke laser-clad parts.
Virtual Reality welding units give the ability to up-skill welders with state-of-the-art training equipment. The VR units give real-time feedback to the welder and a score based on weld quality and technique. The technology is designed to up-skill users faster than traditional methods with reduced cost and increased safety. This technology can provide learners with a wide diversity of skill levels to access multiple welding techniques and processes safely. TAFE NSW recently acquired two units and are part of their mobile training units rolling out in 2020.