Within the framework of the project in a mixed reality industrial platform was developed a virtual LNG refueling assistant, on the basis of the cryogenic mobile gas refueller of RariTEK Holding JSC.
The Center team completed a pilot project in demonstration of mixed reality capabilities using the example of the cryogenic refueller of RariTEK Holding JSC. On the basis of this equipment was implemented as a support system, which helps to inexperienced user to perform operations in the correct sequence. This start-up project was demonstrated at the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum and to the Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee – Vitaly Markelov during his visit to Innopolis University.
Mikhail Ostanin, Junior Researcher, Industrial Robotics Laboratory:
“The most effective learning ways in the world are interactive methods. Already at this stage of the development, the virtual assistant can be used for staff training, working with the RariTEK LNG refueller. Our product is a kind of virtual manual with supporting functionality. Using Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality Glasses, we realized holographic visualization of 3D models and text tips that guide the operator’s work in the refueling process. The binding of holograms to real objects has been implemented as well”.
This solution is a concept of a mixed reality industrial platform, based on which various virtual assistants will be created using software developed by the Center. The platform is designed to increase the efficiency of work processes by implementing solutions using mixed reality technology.
This invention will be in demand for the control and monitoring of sophisticated equipment located at a great distance from the operator and each other. This will enable to leave highly qualified specialists in a common control and monitoring center and work simultaneously with many infrastructure facilities located at large distances from each other. Besides, the creation of an industrial mixed reality platform will simplify the implementation and use of mixed reality technology in the industry. XR interfaces for interactive information visualization are an important part of Industry 4.0, on which the development of this platform is aimed at. According to Alexandr Klimchik, Head of the Center for Technologies in Robotics and Mechatronics Components at the Innopolis University, his employees have experience in the mixed reality not only for maintenance of the sophisticated equipment but also for robotic systems control.