SMART FACTORY CASE STUDY

Major semiconductor manufacturer introduces Beamo as a framework for immersive information management.

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Assessment

Establish a centralized spatial data and documentation management platform

The manufacturer wishes to create a whole new system that contextualizes and spatially organizes existing factory data. Consequently, teams would benefit from a more natural way of communicating and understanding information. This system also provides a good framework for remote facility and site operations (inspection, maintenance, etc.).

The scope of the project was the creation of a digital twin of the manufacturer’s facilities, which are serviced by numerous independent teams. These teams use the digital twin as the source of truth, allowing them to reference materials such as SOP documents and log their work reports.

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SOLUTION

Optimizing Production Operational Continuity

Collective information coming from the EDM and Beamo is gathered under the VRDB (Virtual Reality Database). This is mostly information specific to different lines of machines- each machine has a name, a system (type of machine category) and subsystem (subcategory). Maintenance information, operational manuals, CAD documents, etc. are managed separately within the EDM. All of this information is brought together in the VRDB. In the manufacturing lines, machines must run continuously, whereas maintenance teams run in shifts. Therefore, there is a need for continuity and work records.

BEFORE

Before, sheets of papers were placed in front of every machine, and engineers would check boxes, draft reports, input the results into an Excel document, which would be uploaded onto the EDM and shared with the other teams.

Onboarding new team members was strenuous and required repetitive explanations from team leaders (how to access points on the factory floor, where they can find different equipment, etc.).

The manufacturer wished to introduce a new onboarding workflow using our solution.

 

This workflow was implemented in consideration of security regulations such as the absence of wifi and clear physical access regulations. Beyond those constraints, the system was to be flexible enough to propose a viable solution while keeping a streamlined workflow.

Also, when creating a project, a group must be assigned to the project for execution purposes. Groups contain information such as the name of the member and personal information, which is directly obtained through the company’s employee data management system.

AFTER

Users now possess a centralized platform to access facility spaces in 3D and access the VRDB.

They are able to embed information pulled from the VRDB directly into the digital twin (3D space) to be shared within defined and compartmentalized groups.

The manufacturer streamlined their workflow using a mobile app for 3D space acquisition and a web platform to store and access the 3D view of the 3D space.

  • Create a project containing the location information of the soon-to-be captured space and assign human resources to the task.
  • Upload a floor plan to create a minimap that will give a general idea of the space and how to navigate within that space.
  • Capture the space using a smartphone and Pivo rotator to create a 3D view of the space
  • Add valuable information to the VRDB, signs & tags.
  • Use the 3D view for field operational management and information. Examples include: training, inspection and equipment history inspection.
RESULTS

Avoiding downtime and boosting collaboration performance.

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