With Mirors the idea was to create a transversal tool that would allow us to access and manipulate data that used to be compartmented, while improving the decision-making process
One of the core components emerging more recently is mixed reality (MR), which operates in the realms of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
Mixed reality offers a data visualization solution for operators, with the help of headsets and glasses that display either only digital content, for a full immersive experience, or visual cues and instructions into the user’s environment — in real time and in the field. Workers can interact with virtual objects using hand gestures, simplifying day-to-day operations and procedures to allow tasks to be carried out more quickly and effectively.
Mixed Reality technology is a key differentiator to help improve collaboration inside a company, as well as with remote external experts: inspection and maintenance operators can consult with an expert to receive guidance and feedback in real time, or leave virtual cues for colleagues, in a centralized system that all workers have access to. MR technology also has useful applications in training new workers.
Just like digital twins, which designate connected virtual replicas of physical devices, mixed reality is offering news ways for industries to reduce costs and downtime as well as optimize maintenance, by bringing the physical and the virtual worlds closer together.
For ENGIE, ensuring strong operational performance to produce, distribute and sell energy is central to our work, from the technicians responsible for maintenance and monitoring to the proper functioning of all energy assets. With this objective in mind, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, one of the Group’s three R&D centers, has collaborated for three years with Synergiz — a company based in Saint-Malo and a Gold Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner (MRPP) — to develop a range of tools, services and software solutions based on Mixed Reality that are unique on the French market.
One notable innovation from the ENGIE Lab CRIGEN and Synergiz partnership is an all-in-one diagnosis travel kit, which combines mixed reality and 3D multi-physics simulation (also known as Computational Fluid Dynamics) to visualize and analyze data from industrial equipment in a new and innovative way.
“The idea was to create a transversal tool that would allow us to access and manipulate data that used to be compartmented, while improving the decision-making process (...) This is a daily tool, accessible to all, which makes the cooperation between several collaborators possible,” says Guy-Alexandre GRANDIN, Smart Factory – R&D Program Leader chez at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN.
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