Results

The screenshots below provide an overview of the digital models that were created using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience products (CATIA and DELMIA mainly), including the conference site BCC, the engine that we used as a work item, and, of course, the Nexo nutrunner. On the lower right-hand corner of the conference site model, you can see 3 smaller circles (red, green). These represent the position of the Nexo. Using Cisco indoor localization technology, we are able to track the movement of the Nexo in the 3D model.

3D models of the test environment

Test environment – 3D models

The next thing we wanted to demonstrate was the ability to use high-precision localization technology for tracking tool positions relative to the work item. For the demo, we also wanted to show the movement of the person operating the tool. We achieved this by combining technology from Haption and Xsens. In the image below, you can see an operator wearing a number of Xsens sensors. This operator is also depicted in the 3D model, which was enabled by the Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform and updated using Haption technology. Each movement carried out by the physical operator is mirrored by an identical movement by the avatar in the 3D model. The system also provides a virtual training facility that allows the pre-recording of certain movements. The system follows the movement of the operator and then sends an error message if the pre-defined sequence of movements is not followed correctly.

Real operator and avatar

Physical operator and virtual avatar

Once they have successfully completed basic tightening training, the operator performs the actual tightening move itself. In the following graphs, we can see the corresponding tightening performance data from the portal. This data is transferred via Wi-Fi from the Nexo to the backend in real time.

Tightening Performance

Tightening performance

The following extract from the dashboard shows four selected KPIs for Operational Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and tool fleet performance.

Dashboard

Dashboard

And finally, the screenshots below provide an overview of the the tool fleet as well as the status of the individual tools.

Tool Fleet overview and details

Tool fleet overview and details

Of course, none of this would have been possible without a great team. As discussed many times (see “Clash of Two Worlds”, for example), one of the main challenges of an IoT project is the need for a multi-disciplinary approach – this project was no exception. In the picture below, you can see experts from many disciplines who worked together to make this project happen: N. Ramanathan (“NR”) and C. Rajeswaran from Tech Mahindra, C. Thiemich, F. Puhlmann, and D. Slama from Bosch SI, J. Veaux-Logeat and G. Shenoy from Dassault, D. Vasilev (“Mitko”) from Cisco, A. Geneslay, and Q. Parent from Haption.

The Team

The team

The final demo was successfully showcased at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015 in Berlin, with Bosch Group Chairman Dr. Volkmar Denner.

Track and Trace Demo at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015

Track & Trace demo at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015