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Virtual Reality based Assembly Process Validation and Rework Assistance with consistent Data Exchange

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Abstract

Due to rising product and process complexity, assistance systems for humans are increasingly used in both the planning and execution of assembly activities or as support systems for reworking. However, developments available so far usually act as isolated solutions. Therefore a continuous dataflow between top and shop floor is not given. This article presents a comprehensive assistance system consisting of a virtual planning environment and various smart devices at an assembly workstation. In the virtual environment, the feasibility of initially created product condition graphs will be validated and a training of the repair scope to be carried out will be done. As a result, a process plan is derived from the virtual environment and transferred to an assisted workstation for reworking. The repair on the real product is carried out using the created process plan so that a continuous data flow is available. Thus the system supports the persons involved in the product analysis and work plan creation up to the execution of repair activities during rework.

Keywords

  • Virtual Assembly
  • Assembly/Disassembly Planning
  • Training Platform
  • Assistance Systems
  • Consistent Data Exchange

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This paper was written in the framework of the research project KomZetSaar (Funding code 01MF117003A), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and supervised by the lead partner German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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Müller, R., Hörauf, L., Bashir, A., Karkowski, M., Eichenwald, M. (2020). Virtual Reality based Assembly Process Validation and Rework Assistance with consistent Data Exchange. In: Schüppstuhl, T., Tracht, K., Henrich, D. (eds) Annals of Scientific Society for Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robotics. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-61755-7_1

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