It is time consuming to measure semi-finished products accurately and visualise the position of details in the final product. In quality control and in process parameter verification, the faster and more accurately measuring is done, the faster the products can move from semi-finished to finished. Shorter assembly and production time with less measuring and production errors leads to more efficient production, less scrap produced and cheaper unit cost.
We are losing time and raw materials with this problem - 120 h/month and 1000 euros worth of raw materials. This translates into ongoing monthly expenses that would allow to hire one extra production worker.
We need accurate, quick and easily accessible information about the measures and properties of our semi-finished and finished products – pipes.
Also, we need visualised placement of the produced details in the final product.
Production workers, product engineers, production managers and quality control are affected by this problem in our organisation.
We have thought about augmented reality (AR) glasses which would identify the measurements of the semi-finished products and because we have 3D-models of most of our products, these would also be able to show where and how the produced details would fit in the final product.
Our biggest concern is the budget but also compatibility of different technologies. We don’t know how complicated and expensive it may be to mix different already existing solutions (3D-scanning and presenting, accurate measuring of physical and virtual objects etc) into one working final product.