As already presented in our blog post that was dedicated to the methodologies for assembling a tractor chassis using smart glasses, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe has been involved as a third party to run experiments in the context of the BEinCPPS project, co-funded by EC under Horizon 2020 programme
The main objective of our laboratory was to integrate Konica Minolta Wearable Communicator as a cyber physical system within a manufacturing process and to explore BEinCPPS methodologies using our smart glasses. The first round of experiments were successfully performed in June 2017 in the manufacturing factory of major tractor producer John Deere in Mannheim, Germany, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (the largest research organization in Germany), and the Swiss division of IT solutions provider Fincons Group.
In late August, we successfully performed the second round of experiments, during which we tested our Step-by-Step Guidance application that has been developed by Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe and customized for John Deere’s use-case. The experiments have been performed again in the manufacturing factory of John Deere and after the initial set-up and fine tuning of the final prototype, several employees from John Deere were able to successfully take part in the tests.
The positive experience and feedback from the employees that were working whilst wearing the smart glasses confirmed the good usability of the solution as well as the reliability of the BeinCPPS platform applied to the context of a manufacturing process. We collected many feedbacks from the workers, and their comments will be used for further development of our solutions. This positive outcome provides us with a good basis for considering new applications of smart glasses technologies in manufacturing.