Interactive VR-based Visualization for Material Flow Simulations

  • Jan BerssenbrüggeEmail author
  • Jörg Stöcklein
  • Daniel Köchling
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9740)


The conventional way of visualizing the material flow in a production system is to use simulation tools and their integrated symbols and pictograms. By going this way, the reference to the real production system is very limited since conventional material flow models provide only an abstract view and are not very comprehensive for the user. This paper introduces a procedure which enables a Virtual Design Review of the planned process layout on a large-screen visualization facility. This enables production planners to conduct a virtual inspection of alternative concepts for a planned production system including the visualized material flow. As a result, planning certainty and system comprehension of all parties involved increase significantly, so that the presented procedure serves as a valuable decision support. This paper describes the steps to be taken from production data to an optimized material flow being verified by a Virtual Design Review.


Virtual Design Review Virtual Reality Material flow optimization 



This work was supported in part by the Leading-Edge Cluster ‘Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it’s OWL)’ and was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Berssenbrügge
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jörg Stöcklein
    • 1
  • Daniel Köchling
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Research Institution for Mechatronic Systems Design IEMPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.Heinz Nixdorf InstituteUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany

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