Virtual reality is a technology everyone is gradually becoming familiar with. With augmented reality, we go one step further. Viu More, a spin-off within the consultancy company Impala links virtual objects to the real world. As a result, the efficiency of training courses and coaching can be increased.
As a consultancy company, Impala provides expertise in organization and management. The company from Duffel organizes training courses where the aim is to improve the quality of production systems. It is about so called operational excellence. Improved availability of assets and a faster throughput within production processes can improve the profitability of companies.
Within Impala Viu More recently has been founded, a spin-off that uses augmented and virtual reality. These applications from the digital world are used in operational activities such as maintenance, production, quality, ….
The two founders Dirk Roelens and Benny Lauwers are very enthusiastic about this new technology and want to introduce them in the industry. “Augmented and virtual reality have been known to insiders for several years” says Dirk Roelens. “More and more these technologies are gaining, but rather in the form of games and marketing applications. In the industry, the technology is less known, “adds Benny Lauwers.
“With augmented reality, virtual objects are added to the real world. This projection can then be seen using so-called smart devices, such as a tablet, smartphone or smart-glass, “explains Lauwers. “The idea arose during a brainstorming around the concept of ‘Factory of the Future’ and the ‘industrial revolution 4.0′” continues Roelens. “The basic question we asked was” how can we adapt and expand our current services around the ‘continuous striving for operational excellence’ to help our customers improve their operational results? ”
The result is Viu More. Viu More today offers interactive training applications. These can be generic, but also specifically tailored to the customer. Through the use of augmented and virtual reality, learning times and errors can be drastically reduced and the efficiency of the training sessions can be increased. A typical application is the way in which a pump is overhauled: step by step is shown which is the next action, by indicating on the specific part – virtual – what needs to be done: unscrewing, removing, locking, …. “But many other applications can be developed within maintenance, production, construction, quality, etc.,” says Roelens. “If the work environment allows it, on-site user manuals can also be created, with or without the support of a remote expert,” adds Lauwers.