Developing extended reality systems for manufacturing industry
Doctoral thesis, 2021
The goals of this thesis are to contribute to knowledge about integrating XR technology into manufacturing and helping the manufacturing industry benefit from the latest advancements in XR technologies. Thus, this thesis aims to bridge the knowledge gap and facilitate the process of integrating the latest XR technologies into manufacturing.
In addressing the above purpose and aims, this research effort adopted a pragmatic approach to eleven empirical studies (based on real-world manufacturing problems within five companies) and two testbeds. Eleven XR systems, ranging from AR to VR, were developed and tested for applications covering all four phases of production: design, learning, operational and disruptive. Accordingly, this thesis has identified critical factors and reported the effects of integrating XR technologies into a manufacturing context. Furthermore, the framework dealing with the necessary steps to integrate XR technology into manufacturing activities was developed, explained and validated through internal as well as external cases. This has proved effective in guiding the process of integrating XR into manufacturing and assuring the quality of that integration.
Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems
The Comparison Study of Different Operator Support Tools for Assembly Task in the Era of Global Production
Procedia Manufacturing,; Vol. 11(2017)p. 1271-1278
Development of virtual reality support to factory layout planning
International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing,; (2019)
A Framework for Extended Reality System Development in Manufacturing
IEEE Access,; Vol. 9(2021)p. 24796-24813
Interaction design for multi-user virtual reality systems: An automotive case study
Procedia CIRP,; Vol. 93(2020)p. 1259-1264
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The goals of this thesis are to contribute to knowledge about integrating XR technology into manufacturing and helping the manufacturing industry benefit from the latest advancements in XR technologies. Thus, this thesis aims to bridge the knowledge gap and facilitate the process of integrating
the latest XR technologies into manufacturing.
This thesis highlighted the advantages of XR solutions compared with conventional approaches in terms of the flexibility, realistic visualisation and nature interaction. This may save time, help with design cost issues and facilitate involvement and communication across all stakeholders. Moreover, this thesis
proposed the general framework of user-centred extended reality system development. This provides clear guidelines on the steps and methods needed for integrating XR systems into manufacturing. The framework was validated via internal and external cases and was shown to be effective in guiding the XR integration process in manufacturing and in ensuring the quality of integration.
Manufacturing companies that plan to adopt XR technologies as part of their Industry 4.0 vision may benefit from the knowledge generated in this thesis. Such knowledge might help kick-start the integration of XR whilst avoiding common mistakes. This thesis also pointed out future research directions for the XR technology integration within the manufacturing industry.
Stena Industry Innovation Lab at Chalmers - SII-Lab
Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture - Stena Foundation, 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-30.
Demonstrating and testing smart digitalisation for sustainable human-centred automation in production
VINNOVA, 2017-05-15 -- 2020-03-09.
SUstainability, sMart Maintenance and factory design Testbed (SUMMIT)
VINNOVA, 2017-11-01 -- 2021-04-30.
Innovative continuous upgrades of high investment product-services (USE-IT-WISELY)
European Commission (EC), 2013-09-01 -- 2016-11-30.
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Areas of Advance
Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie: 4877
Chalmers University of Technology
Virtual Development Lab (VDL), Hörsalsvägen 7A, Gothenburg
Opponent: Associate Professor Peter Törlind, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden