WILLBÖ: Innovation in Industry 4.0 with Mixed Reality
WILLBÖ is an engineering and consulting company founded in 2017, with headquarters in Vigo and an office in Bombay, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art engineering services for industrial and naval installations.
They make intensive use of workflows integrating information from many involved in the engineering process and cross-platform applications for the design and analysis of structural elements, mechanics, piping systems, electricity and industrial instrumentation, and providing information to all other activities involved in the construction of the asset.
“Being able to visualize the metadata of the model with its properties in Hololens has been a key point, as well as being able to export high-polygynization models. We highly appreciate that everything has been integrated into our work pipeline, because the adaptation curve has been smaller. Azure Files also makes it easier to share projects between our employees and end customers”. – Julián Fontela, Business Development at WILLBÖ
In addition, the format that is loaded on the HoloLens2 should be optimized in graphic terms to have the best possible immersive experience on-board or in a design review in the office itself. Visualizing its implementation should be agile and comfortable so that quality control anticipates any problems on-site and everything from a 3D model.
From here comes ``Willbö Holographic Model Tool``, an app that allows access to different functionalities, such as the visualization of models in design mode and in a real environment, the definition of inspection points, validation of measurements, and on-site elements... On the other hand, it allows capturing the real environment in cloud format of points using a 3D scanner type LIDAR to visualize it later.
We have also taken advantage of the voice command capabilities of HoloLens to be able to activate most of the functionalities of spoken form, achieving a faster and fluid interaction. You can even add localized voice notes relative to the model and store them next to it.
In the engineering phase, it dramatically facilitates better usability of the installation while increasing the possible solutions to a problem. Any impact on the design that can be identified in the first phase reduces the economic cost of its on-site solution by 90% and reduces its implications in time. On the other hand, in the prefabrication of components, variations on the design can be identified, reducing the costs of non-quality by 50%. This solves problems in advance and at a lower price. It considers what is manufactured, what is purchased and assesses the impact of the incidence, changing the available information and facilitating the most accurate decision-making.
The quality control of the plans has been improved in a 100% real environment thanks to the integration of technologies such as the graphic engine Evergine, the add-ons of MRTK, and Euforia for the design of interfaces and Azure Files to consume the models generated from export. This solution achieves greater competitiveness, both in terms of costs and dates of implementation, minimizing risks, and improving productivity.