The creation of Smart Products opens up new avenues for innovative digital applications and services, able to make the experience of using machines and systems ever more complete and detailed.
In the era of the Internet of Things, Smart Products are starting to govern many of the aspects related to Manufacturing.
Thanks to sensors, control and connectivity logic, we are potentially able to monitor the status of any product.
And it is precisely through ‘Smart’ products that new opportunities are opened up for companies. By making your installed base interconnected and intelligent it becomes possible to perform activities: such as:
Preventive identification of problems
operations thanks to which it is possible a cooperation between field operator and remote product specialist, to recognize the causes of a problem and the remedies to be implemented.
Thanks to the data and the knowledge of the context dynamics, it is also possible to devise advanced services with high added value.
Expanding its range of Smart Services, IMA offers ancillary services to make the production experience ever more complete and easy.
The offer proposed by IMA sees the creation of Smart Services such as:
Smart Service Suite (Smart App with Virtual reality and Augmented Reality integration)
In a world linked to the increasingly reduced time-to-market production, it is necessary to provide innovative proposals for intervention and assistance for the resolution of problems in the shortest possible time and with minimum efforts and costs.
The Smart Service Suite is the Suite that brings together the main IMA Digital Services to make the experience linked to the installed machinery more integrated.
Inside the Smart Service Suite we find the Smart APP to access to the:
Digital Documentation related to the installed system
interactive list of spare parts
activities and online certified training related to guided troubleshooting procedures
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) complete the offer of the Smart Service Suite, increasing operator training and supporting technicians in daily maintenance and format change activities.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are increasingly proving to be innovative technological solutions to favorably increase user experience.
In manufacturing, getting closer to the machine by giving the possibility of digitally interacting with documentation, simulating different configurations and layouts, getting a preview of repairs or format change, can increase the skills of engineers and operators.
IMA has developed both technologies to offer its partners complete expertise in plant management.
The immersiveness of VR and AR have different methods and purposes but together they provide a unique experience in many ways.
Wearing an Oculus helmet allows you to completely immerse yourself in the parallel world of Virtual Reality, a three-dimensional computer environment where you can interact with digital and physical elements.
In Virtual Reality (VR) it is possible to move like in the real environment, walk, interact with objects and receive feedback.
The Virtual Reality proves to be an excellent tool for the possibility it offers users in navigating and exploring the different areas of the machine, in full functionality and with operational product flows and processes.
Thanks to the creation of a digital twin, in the virtual environment it is possible to become familiar with the systems even where they are not physically available.
VR is a versatile and practical tool thanks to the opportunity it offers to quickly import 3D models and CAD drawings directly from dedicated software.
The technology linked to Virtual Reality finds space in many other areas.
Virtual Reality guarantees:
greater speed, security and confidence in the completion of real operations
Time-savingin the training of operators and engineers
better quality and less re-processingof the final product
VR allows excellent training on operators even when the system is not available. This process increases the familiarity of operators with systems in a risk-free environment.
Experts driven in the virtual environment, once in the real world and thanks to the familiarity developed, are able to perform inspections, maneuvers in safety or ordinary maintenance.
VR is effective in contexts where there is a particularly high turnover.
Maintenance and inspection
Manual inspections could leave out important steps, but thanks to VR it is possible to take into account every detail in maintenance and predict failures in advance.
Through VR it is possible to design and test the best configurationof production lines, map the internal mobility of flows, study the feasibilityand ergonomics of equipment without the need to build a physical model.
Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most innovative digital applications thanks to which it is possible to superimpose the reality perceived by the senses with virtual digital information.
Augmented Reality (AR) is the digital service through which it is possible to overlay real production plants and lines with information and digital elements that help and support the operator in managing the systems. Thanks to special viewers, it is possible to access a wide range of information in real time, such as specific technical documentation, drawings and performance data.
The AR also allows you to:
Connect virtually with the mechanical and electrical design departments
Connect with the IMA control room via video call
Obtain remote coaching and virtual training on implants
The interactive two-dimensional quick choice menu allows the real-time consultation of documents, sorted and classified according to categories. The files, once selected, can be moved with the hands, positioned in the surrounding spaces and interactively managed.
In the case of format changeover, troubleshooting or routine maintenance, the operator is guided step by step in the execution of all the pre-established phases, without the possibility of diverting the path or skipping steps. Thanks to the dedicated app it is possible to share videos and photos in real time with the IMA control room, in a constant connection.
Through the sharing of digital spaces analyze production data and increase plant performance becomes possible.
The Industry 4.0 model cannot ignore data and the value they can generate. Networking big data, organizing them and interpreting them with the aim of improving process control is the real turning point for predictive maintenance of plants and analysis of product quality.
Data sharing with machine manufacturers can significantly improve plant performance, thanks to the possible implementations that manufacturers are able to make.
IMA has created several projects related to the interconnectivity of the plants to obtain data aimed at predictive analysis and achieve consistently high performance.
We wish to offer our partners the possibility of hosting production data in special Digital Rooms, digital spaces within production facilities or on Cloud platforms, where it becomes possible to proceed with shared analyzes to make improvements to the plants.
A pilot project involved the The and Herbs division, paving the way for new and interesting discoveries.
Digitization changes the way we serve our customers. Digital tools support our technicians on duty in their daily work, starting from problem management to get to the different tasks to be performed.
We have created the Connected Field Force APP to make our services and customer support more and more efficient in the management of machines and equipment.
Thanks to the Connected Field Force App it is possible for field technicians to integrate traditional manual skills with the use of the latest generation digital applications.
Technicians use the APP to track maintenance interventions, interact with the machine, access equipment documentation (also in 3D) or spare parts, obtain instructions for repairing mechanical parts or proceed with a format change. The application also allows the closure of the request for technical assistance before leaving the customer’s site.
The Connected Field Force App guarantees:
Increased productivity, efficiency and competence of operators
A mobile support for access to digital documentation