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Collaboration brings immersive encounters to drives users

18 June, 2021

Siemens has joined forces with the German visual computing specialist Threedy to develop a technology that combines IIoT and 3D data to help drives users to understand their systems better and resolve faults more efficiently.

Threedy – a spin-off from the Fraunhofer IGD institute for computer graphics – specialises in turning industrial 3D data into immersive experiences. Its instant3Dhub visual computing platform allows users to access and interact with industrial 3D data instantly on a choice of platforms.

Siemens in integrating instant3Dhub with its Sidrive IQ digital platform for drive systems to offer immersive user experiences for applications ranging from collaborating on product design to providing service support. It will combine IIoT and visual computing for design collaboration and troubleshooting purposes.

The integration of Threedy’s visualisation service will give users of medium and large drives access to visual digital twin information that has previously been restricted largely to engineering departments. They will be able to access CAD data via the Web, as well as AR (augmented reality) or VR (virtual reality) technologies.

The enhanced Sidrive is intended to tackle industrial needs such as customised, yet dynamic, 3D data composition, and automated transcoding and scalable visualisation, while retaining the original metadata used in product lifecycles from product design to operations and service support.

“3D and XR applications, especially collaborative ones, offer their maximum value when the 3D visualisations are integrated with live business data in a highly dynamic manner,” explains Threedy CEO, Christian Stein. “The co-operation with Siemens – and particularly the integration of instant3Dhub into Sidrive IQ – offers exactly this, as part of a state-of-the-art IIoT solution.”

Adding Threedy’s visual computing capabilities to Siemens Sidrive platform will offer users immersive experiences

Sebastian Winkler von Mohrenfels, Siemens’ head of digital business for large drives applications, reports that the company is gradually adding functions to Sidrive IQ “and with this also to our drive systems, solutions and services. Combining immersive experiences with IIoT-capabilities is a critical differentiator for the human-machine interaction because, to a large extent, it is people who eventually interact and act with AI-based insights and digital content in daily business operations. The co-operation with Threedy further completes the ambition to serve a holistic and user-centric experience.”

SiDrive IQ provides IoT functions and services for smart fleet management of drive systems. It helps to manage the reliability, performance and serviceability of these systems throughout their lifecycles. Drive systems are no longer limited by their physical boundaries, but are extended using automated capabilities of AI, digital content and virtual collaboration, anywhere and anytime. According to Siemens, this can reduce exposure to operational risk, extend asset lifetimes extension, and eventually affect financial performance.

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