Virtual Reality: A collaborative project with Centro San Valero

  • METOSA Group signs a collaboration agreement with the Higher Degree in Production Programming in Mechanical Manufacturing of the Centro San Valero in Zaragoza.
  • Pinacho Lathes and its Technical Assistance Service.
  • Technological development for Industry 4.0.

METOSA Group supports talent in Aragon

METOSA Group, following the commitments acquired as proud winners of the RSA seal for Social Responsibility in Aragon, has signed a collaboration agreement with the educational institution Centro San Valero in Zaragoza, a national reference for its commitment to quality and innovation in education and for its direct link with companies and the world of work.

With this agreement, students of the Higher Degree in Production Programming in Mechanical Manufacturing, have been given all the technical documentation of our Pinacho ML-200 lathe model to replicate it in a 3D model and to perform simulations through virtual reality of how to carry out the maintenance of the lathe. In other words, it will be possible to perform all kinds of preventive and/or corrective maintenance tasks on a Pinacho ML lathe without having to disassemble a real machine, which will facilitate access to all students equally. It will also help teaching professionals to explain to their students all the parts of the machine tool and their functions.

This talented idea comes from two students of the Higher Degree in Production Programming, also graduates of the Higher Degree in 3D Animation, and the faculty of the Centro San Valero, really involved in the possible applications of Virtual Reality for industrial processes in their training programs, for which they have sought synergies between the two training cycles, to apply them to the real environment of the industry, in an innovative project.

At the moment, this first project is being implemented for the Pinacho ML lathe, but the firm intention is to continue with different projects to generate virtual reality simulations of Pinacho CNC lathes.

Technological innovation applied to Pinacho lathes

Pinacho has been manufacturing efficient and robust lathes for more than 75 years for the industrial sector in the five continents, with the signing of the collaboration agreement with the Centro San Valero, which agrees to the implementation of different projects for the generation of 3D simulations of its lathes, will strengthen its engineering department by applying these models and knowledge to further innovations in possible applications such as:

Virtual User Manual:

The virtual recreation of the assembly, installation, commissioning and maintenance instructions for Pinacho lathe components will improve accessibility to information, which can be accessed even from a smartphone.

Another of the advantages that these virtual reality manuals will offer is the interactive component, which will give users the possibility of interacting with their contents to gain a better understanding of how the lathe works.

The updating of instructions or procedures, which will be done in an automatic mode, will ensure that the manual always contains the most recent information.

A technical virtual manual can help save time by enabling users to quickly find the information they need, and solve technical issues more efficiently.

Remote interventions:

These Virtual Reality (VR) models will be a very useful tool to guide an operator in the repairs of a lathe, as they will allow visualizing and manipulating a 3D model of the lathe in real time, which can improve the accuracy and efficiency of the repair process.

Some examples of how this virtual reality can help operators to perform remote interventions are the following:

  • Problem identification: Virtual reality can allow an operator to virtually scan the lathe and detect machinery problems more accurately, which can save time and reduce mistakes.
  • Repair scheduling: By allowing the operator to visualize a 3D model of the lathe, virtual reality can help plan repairs and enable the operator to identify and fix problems more efficiently.
  • Repair guidelines: Virtual reality can provide a step-by-step guide to perform the repair, which can help operators perform the repair more quickly and accurately.
  • Operator training: Virtual reality can also be used for operator training in lathe repair, which can improve efficiency and productivity.

Origins of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that allows users to interact with virtually generated environments through devices such as VR goggles, VR gloves or other types of Virtual Reality controllers.

Virtual Reality began to be developed in 1968, when Ivan Sutherland created the first prototype called “The Sword of Damocles” due to the great weight of the device, which forced the user to remain anchored to the ceiling by means of a harness to be able to stand upright. This VR device allowed the displacement and change of perspective of the images following the user’s head movement. The Sword of Damocles was not only a new breakthrough in the use of Virtual Reality, but also served to lay the foundations of Augmented Reality, since the images were superimposed on a real background.

Five decades later, today, the development of this technology has experienced an exponential advance, achieving increasingly realistic virtual reality environments, difficult to distinguish from reality, and more precise and sophisticated interaction devices.

Virtual Reality is already being applied in sectors such as architecture and space design, in educational, cultural and tourist environments and, of course, in medicine, allowing a surgeon to perform highly complex surgeries, being thousands of kilometers away from the patient.

Industry 4.0

Most companies in the industrial sector are already at the cutting edge of the use of technologies for the creation of intelligent and connected production environments.

Industry 4.0 currently uses different technologies:

IoT (Internet of Things):

The connection of physical objects to the Internet makes it possible to generate, collect, store and analyze data in real time. This hyperconnectivity applied to the industrial sector leads to greater automation of production processes and their automatic optimization, predictive maintenance and, above all, to a higher level of efficiency and responsiveness.

Mechanization and Robotization:

It makes a big difference in improving production processes. Automating the production line, by using CNC lathes to perform repetitive tasks, allows manufacturers to speed up production cycle times, increase accuracy and improve product quality.

Robots used to monitor production, detect problems and perform equipment maintenance tasks, such as changing filters or lubricating machinery, save time, reduce maintenance costs and improve productivity.

3D Printing:

Increasingly advanced and precise 3D printers are being actively used in industry, for example, to manufacture parts and components with complex shapes and customized designs. Using 3D scanning and 3D printing, complex products can be produced quickly and in detail. It is the ultimate tool for prototype production, allowing industry to test their concepts before investing in mass production. This reduces overall costs and allows companies to quickly improve their products.

 

Virtual Reality:

Virtual Reality can be a powerful tool in Industry 4.0. For example, it can be used to train employees in a more immersive way and to help designers better visualize their products before they are produced. In addition, it can be used to simulate difficult or dangerous work scenarios to train workers without putting them at risk.

And of course, the Lathe Maintenance Technical Service, as it offers a useful and easy way to train maintenance technicians. And work is already underway on projects that allow official technicians to connect virtually to a customer’s lathe, located anywhere on the planet, to guide maintenance personnel in locating or repairing any incident, how to change tools, adjust parameters or perform any maintenance process.

But Industry 4.0 is not only about technology, it also refers to a culture of innovation that involves collaboration between industry, educational institutions and government to develop and make the most of technological advances to improve society and the environment where that industry develops.

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