Work Place Innovation Strategy Development

Moving from no strategy to integrating innovative technology liked mixed reality or wearable trackers into key areas is most commonly done as a piecemeal approach; i.e. companies deploying training using mixed reality in discrete areas, these solutions are often not tied to networks or processes. 

The danger of this approach is that the technology investment doesn’t deliver on the cost, it also doesn’t consider the longer term aspects associated with that machinery/role.  For example, are there developments in that particular area that will mean human interface will diminish? Are there machinery advancements that will enable them to be driver less within 5 years.  Isonomic believes in working with clients to develop a robust strategy incorporating technology innovation, that delivers benefits across multiple areas and roles. Ensuring a return on investment.

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REVIEW RISKS & INCIDENTS

We will carry out a review, with your safety team of high risk areas, incidents and areas of high human interface. Providing a start point for areas of opportunity for innovation.

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gather training material

Isonomic’s teams will work with you to gather all relevant training material, critiquing it for completeness, when it was last updated and how the training is delivered.

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collate processes

We will audit and collate core processes and procedures across priority areas to enable us to map out areas where innovation/knowledge management innovation are best suited

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interview experts

Isonomic will interview all key experts across a core area to gather an in-depth understanding of the core technical aspects of a role, process, procedure of current technology.

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360 FEEDBACK

We will work with your key users from a cross section of areas to gather insights on key issues with current knowledge management delivery and understanding. This gives us real user feedback.

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USER DESIGN WORKSHOP

We will run a in-depth series of design workshops where we will have all key findings from audits displayed. We will explore key questions and opportunities and brainstorm design opportunities.

 Workplace and Safety Transformation

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Creating a workforce of the future

Using mixed reality at critical points to optimise safety and reduce error. We help you achieve this by reviewing current workflow processes and systems, recommended where technology would add value and creating a step change strategy to implement it. We work with you to create a safer more efficient workplace.

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We work with you on creating a mixed reality strategy.

Using our background in Lean, Agile, and Design Thinking we take your current processes and help you uncover pain points and areas of opportunity where mixed reality would add real benefits. Taking into consideration system integration, software development and human interactions with machinery/products. We then build a progressive implementation plan to enable this to be realised in a way that doesn’t disrupt your business

Often client solutions for workplace transformations are a mixture of connected hardware solutions, including AR glasses, Mixed Reality headsets and AR kits (phones/mobile devices). Creating efficient and time critical solutions, that connect with internal systems to push content, providing users with the knowledge they need, when they need it, without distracting them in their current work environment.

Using Augmented Reality lens, like the HoloLens you can provide in depth training of complex machinery in a group setting.

Using AR glasses during working shifts, provides less complex graphics but key knowledge management at the finger tips of workers.

Contact Us for more information and a free consultation info@isonomic.org

Wearables - Making Workplaces Safer

Advancements in robotics, data and IoT have increased the pace of innovation for wearables that improve safety for workers in heavy industry. 

The first kind of wearable is a watch, or modified safety hat which has inbuilt tracking devices. These smart devices can make sure you are able to pinpoint your workers at all times through wearable trackers, which monitor GPS, enabling rescue in an emergency situation, smart devices worn on the wrist can also provide a method of pushing task allocation to workers; providing a more efficient process than task sheets and checklists.    They can also be used to measure heat stress or heart rate issues. For example: Fujitsu use smart helmets to detect driver fatigue, helping to reduce workplace injuries, with alerts being sent to supervisors when stress levels are hit.

Robotic advancements in healthcare have led to the development of Exoskeletons, with smaller versions (arm and top of back) which enable workers to lift heavy weights safer and with less damage. The first Exoskeletons were developed to help stroke victims recover, these were fully body suits. Since then smaller versions have been made which support certain body parts in accordance with the task at hand. Whilst these seem like an expensive investment the reduction in workplace injuries and the efficiencies in heavy material handling provide a real return on investment.

Reduce workplace injuries and longer term issues like arthritis in your workers by investing in Exoskeletons

Understand where your workers are and track information that is vital to improving your workers safety with modified safety hats, watches or neckpieces

Image Credit: Eksobionics  Eksobionics are the leader in Exoskeletons, Isonomic are able to work with our clients to bring this technology to your workforce as part of your innovation and safety strategy

Image Credit: Eksobionics

Eksobionics are the leader in Exoskeletons, Isonomic are able to work with our clients to bring this technology to your workforce as part of your innovation and safety strategy

Image Credit: Fujitsu  Fujitsu have a range of wearables that deliver different benefits and are suitable to different environments

Image Credit: Fujitsu

Fujitsu have a range of wearables that deliver different benefits and are suitable to different environments

Quality Control and Mixed Reality

Hololens Headset and quality control

HoloLens as an Augmented Reality (AR) tool has benefits beyond training. The device can also be used as a quality control tool in the manufacturing process, where real time data on quality is vital. The methodology requires combining the holographic world with computer aided quality software, which drives the key performance indicators (KPI’s). These systems can be strategically placed as devices in key areas of plant; or worn by inspectors to verify the quality of work undertaken.

This quality control methodology reduces audit time, decreases downtime fixed errors further down the track and avoids mistakes which could create long term problems for the plant or project.

How do Isonomic do this?

BIM data is given by the client for key areas of plant or products that require inspection. This BIM is turned into holographic data which accurately represents the final product.

Isonomic then work with internal teams to understand KPI’s that require capturing, we then create an application that combines this data with the required holographic quality standard; enabling inspections to take place quickly and efficiently.

Case Study - Using BIM data to carry out quality control inspections in tunnels

Ying Zhou et al (2017), researched the potential for automation using augmented reality for segment displacement inspection during tunnelling construction. Ying et al showed that inspections and analyses can be accurately conducted on-site, in real-time, and at a very low cost using augmented reality. This successful experiment paved the way for using mixed reality to carry out quality control audits

Isonomic in conjunction with the TSE Project for the Sydney Metro extension have built a BIM model of the segments in use inside the tunnel as part of a pilot test for use during quality inspections, this pilot is in-flight.

The methodology we followed is:

  • AR baseline model placed into HoloLens

  • The baseline model is overlaid onto the real segment to show displacement

  • Structural safety is automatically evaluated.

BIM data for models is taken and loaded into the HoloLens. In this case study Segment BIM data is used for tunnelling inspections.

BIM data for models is taken and loaded into the HoloLens. In this case study Segment BIM data is used for tunnelling inspections.

Segments are progressively installed and as part of the project quality inspections are required. Auditors can wear the HoloLens and inspect the accuracy of the installation underground.

Segments are progressively installed and as part of the project quality inspections are required. Auditors can wear the HoloLens and inspect the accuracy of the installation underground.

Supervisors can discuss the project and outcome of audits to enable improved processes and installation procedures. As a secondary usage training on installation can also be carried out on the HoloLens.

Supervisors can discuss the project and outcome of audits to enable improved processes and installation procedures. As a secondary usage training on installation can also be carried out on the HoloLens.

 

Innovate with a Digital Twin

 

The global market for digital twins is expected to grow 38 percent annually to reach $16 billion by 2023. The  Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning deployments are the two areas that have enabled digital twinning to become a viable and efficient way to simulate and manage assets. Isonomic have relationships with several software developers who have already built baseline solutions which can be added to as part of a integrated design solution.

Digital Twins are transforming manufacturing across multiple industries

Digital Twins are transforming manufacturing across multiple industries

digital twins

The biggest trend in technology innovation is digital twinning.  A digital twin is a dynamic software model of a physical thing or system that relies on data to understand its state, respond to changes, improve operations and add value. Digital twins include a combination of metadata (for example, classification, composition and structure), condition or state (for example, location and temperature), event data (for example, time series), and analytics (for example, algorithms and rules).  For industrial purposes a digital twin is capable of being real map of all components in the product life cycle using physical data, virtual data and interaction data between them.  

use cases for digital twins

The corroboration between a virtual world and live data enables those away from the front line to understand where changes are required, patterns in accidents, efficiency problems and areas where re-design may be required. Industries best suited for digital twinning are areas of heavy production or complex engineering design.   

Large scale machinery, such as tunnel boring machines and aircraft provide an ideal use case for digital twinning.  They are complex, hard to visualise at real size and difficult to understand all the different data points without specialist knowledge. 

Factory floor processes can also be added to digital twin representations, including how the machine operates, enabling those viewing the digital twin to get an accurate understand of the entire plant without stepping foot on site. 

Digital Twins enable supervisors, managers and leads to tangibly touch and understand operations and machinery that sit out of the line of sight. Creating design and operational efficiencies.

Digital Twins enable supervisors, managers and leads to tangibly touch and understand operations and machinery that sit out of the line of sight. Creating design and operational efficiencies.

implementing a digital twin

Implementing a digital twin involves collating BIM files and key data around assets, into a database tied to your key systems

Implementing a digital twin involves collating BIM files and key data around assets, into a database tied to your key systems

Put simply scans, drawings and plans of your product (car) or whole factory floor are uploaded and turned into a 3D representation which can be displayed on computers, hand held devices or mixed reality devices.

Virtual data on the performance of this “twin” are collected, assessed and uploaded onto the digital twin via the cloud.   Enabling users to interact with key data points on the digital twin, such as performance, compliance errors and accidents.

To build this Isonomic work with data specialists, programmers, in-house specialists and designers. The outputs can be viewed in both Virtual and Desktop/Android devices.

Project Orientation and Architecture

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Mixed reality gives you the opportunity to build what doesn’t exist

Bring your architecture blue prints and project vision to life using AR or VR. Deliver beyond competitors in project bids by taking your vision and bringing it to life before the clients eyes. Using AR or VR we can immerse your audiences in your vision, painting a view of the future in today's environment. Allow your clients to step into your creative vision and win bids/tenders.

Take your stakeholders on a tour around a factory before its built; aiding design, workflow discussions, safety, fire escapes, traffic planning, delivery times and workforce training. Building efficiencies and strengthening design and engagement.