Supermarket Perimeter - December 2023 - 12

INSIDER
AUGMENTED
A C R E A L I T Y:
ASE STUDY
Food packaging machine maker shows how
cutting-edge technology helps front-line workers
By Andy Nelson
I
n September, packaging machine specialist Harpak-ULMA was
honored for its use of Augmented Reality (AR) by PMMI at the
association's Pack Expo show in Las Vegas.
Harpak set the stage for its use of AR in 2018, when it launched
a multi-year, multi-phase technology plan, said Matt Bauer, the
company's product manager of smart, connected machines.
The first phase was to re-platform Harpak's packaging machines
using Rockwell Automation controls to establish a foundation of
smart connected capabilities. Smart connected machines, Bauer said,
allow companies to capture and expose key machine operating data
fundamental to any AR experience.
Once phase one was completed, Harpak could start developing AR
capabilities and experiences.
" Based on our existing partner relationship with Rockwell
Automation, leveraging their intimate relationship with PTC was an
obvious choice, particularly considering PTC's related AR products -
Chalk, Vuforia, Thingworx - are all considered market leaders. "
All three products are utilized by Harpak for building and delivering
the company' AR experiences, he said:
* Chalk delivers remote guidance. Bauer compared it to " a Facetime
app on steroids. " It allows for on-screen augmentation, such as
circling a particular valve during a conversation.
* Vuforia is a comprehensive platform of AR tools that allows users to
represent data in augmented reality, depending on their use case. It
provides the capability to digitally " overlay " animation and visually
guided work instructions in the physical context of the user's field
of view.
* Thingworx is the orchestration layer for Vuforia, bringing together
IIoT data, 3D models and the actual AR content together into a
platform where different users can access data specific to their
use cases.
Working together, Bauer said, Thingworx and Vuforia are key
software components that access and display exposed machine data
in the context of any particular experience - whether it's training,
troubleshooting, or maintenance related.
The final two phases of Harpak's AR plan are the introduction of
Digital Twins, which will also leverage PTC software; and predictive
analytics, which utilize massive amount of machine data combined
with ML/AI to predict unplanned downtime events.
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