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Mixed reality ensures better quality control

French car maker Renault Trucks uses a mixed-reality interface for engine quality control. Real and virtual worlds merge.

31 Dec. 2017
Marie-Lucine Tapyuli
Renault Trucks
Mixed reality ensures better quality control (picture: Renault Trucks)

Renault Trucks wants to develop a completely paper-free digital industrial process. One of the building blocks towards this goal is controlling engine quality with the help of mixed reality. At the engine plant in Lyon, the French car maker and Immersion are testing the virtual reality glasses Microsoft HoloLens . These provide employees with instructions to support decision-making. Digitized components superimposed on the real engine can also be displayed separately in the process.

The mixed-reality interface, which allows interaction between real and virtual objects, should make quality control faster and more reliable. The technology can also be used in other industrial areas. For example, Jungheinrich uses the HoloRepair mixed reality application developed by Zühlke Engineering and nominated for the UX Design Award 2017 in industrial truck repairs. In doing so, a HoloLens data goggle projects holograms of a digital twin onto the defective forklift truck for the service technicians, guiding them through the entire repair process step by step.

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