Using Augmented or Mixed Reality enables you to visualize a ‘Digital Twin’

Augmented and Mixed Reality have a lot of traction in the Internet of Things (IoT) as key tools to support the Digital twin process, which Industry 4.0 is espousing and sees big benefits in.

One element of the digital-twin concept is already present in 3D models created by CAD.

CAD is an accurate digital representation that can be used to ensure different parts fit together both statically and dynamically. Manufacturing simulations can determine whether virtual designs can actually be built using the machines available.

Our Visualization Experience app for Augmented and Mixed Reality enables users to create a digital twin using their existing CAD and PLM assets. This allows users to view an exact digital representation of a product which can be viewed, and worked with, from any location.

“Out of the box, the Theorem Visualization Experience server architecture is built to link to other databases, and that link is essential in the support of IoT and the Digital Twin.” Observes Stuart Thurlby, our CEO.

The digital twin can be overlaid on real-time data feeds from sensors in a physical operating asset which know the exact state and condition of an operating-asset (product), no matter where it is in the world.

“By better understanding your physical systems digitally, you can start combining and orchestrating all the digital twins of your operations to improve global performance and create new value and new business models,” explains Stuart “A digitalized product lifecycle can be enabled across a company’s entire value chain, creating what is referred to as the Digital Thread.”

Areas where the Digital Twin can be used include:

Build: Operators leverage a digital replica to speed up the assembly process, combined with intelligence, to provide unprecedented knowledge and insights when problems occur.

Operate: Operators leverage a digital replica to capture history, combined with operating intelligence, to provide insights which predict performance.

Monitor: Digital twins offer past data, KPIs (present data), and insights (future data) about an asset or system, from design and build to operation and maintenance.

To carry out these processes requires visualisation of the digital twin of a product or machine. To do that means it has to be displayed in an augmented or mixed reality device and overlaid on top of the physical product or machine.

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Theorem to demonstrate ‘Digital Realities’ at the Factories of the Future Expo as part of the Industry 4.0 Summit

We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Factories of the Future Expo as part of the Industry 4.0 Summit taking place in Manchester from 28th February- 1st March 2018.

Industry 4.0 is one of a number of different terms for the current trend of digital automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Including Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing strategies, Industry 4.0 creates what some refer to as a “smart factory”.

Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality have a lot of traction in the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to support the Digital twin process, which Industry 4.0 is espousing and sees big benefits in. It also enables the digital simulation of new processes and production lines.

We will be showcasing our latest Visualization Experiences for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality as part of our Digital Realities product portfolio. Demonstrations of how these new innovative technologies can help those in Engineering and Manufacturing get the most out of their CAD and PLM data assets will be available on stand M50.

The Digital Realities product portfolio is both data and device agnostic. Devices that our Visualization Experience currently runs on are:

Augmented Reality– Windows 10 and Android smartphones and tablets

Mixed Reality– Microsoft HoloLens

Virtual Reality– HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

By making these devices accessible, and democratising the use of AR, MR and VR technology, our Visualization Experiences are opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain by utilising existing CAD and PLM assets in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service, Showroom, Sales and Marketing, IoT and Digital Twin.

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Theorem’s latest Visualize 3D CATIA V5 to JT supports R27

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest Visualize 3D CATIA V5 to JT product.

V20.2 supports CATIA V5 R19, R20, R21 and CATIA V5-6R2015 to CATIA V5-6R2017, as well as all versions of JT, up to and including 10.0.

Our Visualize 3D products are aimed at creating visualization data for users of digital mock-up, virtual reality or desktop applications and for companies wanting to share JT data as part of a collaboration process.

This uni-directional product can be licensed with our JT to CATIA V5 product to create a bi-directional translator.

V20.2 enables the CATIA V5 user to create a JT representation of their data and supports the translation of assembly structure, geometry, attributes, 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) (FTA) (GD&T) and Metadata. It can also be used as a data exchange format for leading mechanical CAD/CAM systems which support JT. By efficiently and accurately creating PMI data it facilitates Model Based Definition (MBD) processes.

V20.2 also includes:

  • Added support for writing JT Moniker attributes to JT output
  • Improvements to large assembly processing (LAP) for V5-JT
  • Added support for environment variables in config files
  • V5-JT export process now supports the creation of the assembly structure using PLMXML format file for the assembly
  • The Theorem UI is supported for both interactive and batch processing of translations external to the V5 application

Using JT with additional 3D PMI data as part of a Model Based Definition process allows the user to reduce the overall design costs associated with the creation of conventional 2D drawings.

Sharing CATIA V5 data using the neutral ISO standard JT format allows organisations to protect the intellectual property of their designs while allowing users to explore the shape to more easily understand the 3D definition. The IP protection can be enhanced by restricting the JT representation to be tessellated data only.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA V5 and JT, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for CATIA V5 users wanting to create JT data.

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