InsideOut is a combination of real machine data and animated virtual machine models. Real-time data is transmitted from the PLC to the virtual model, causing it to move. This enables you to visualize values and processes, as well as retrieve and view historical data about components.
In this age of artificial intelligence and big data, information is becoming ever-more important and offers companies enormous potential. It can be used to detect errors at an early stage with predictive maintenance, or to enhance the overall effectiveness of networked systems and machines through data-driven improvements.
At present, however, very few companies read out machine data. Even if they do so, the data usually ends up in an Excel file or on the servers in the basement. Data is not displayed on the corresponding components the way it is needed. As a result, it is often impossible to interpret the data correctly. Inexperienced or new employees have to overcome great hurdles in order to access the data at all, or to understand it.
InsideOut takes care of this and links machine data to the relevant machine parts in a context-related way. It links a 3D model to the machine's control data. The connector developed by Fraunhofer IPA is used as middleware between the control system and the 3D model. InsideOut offers the same features as a webcam livestream but is also capable of interacting with the machine itself. For example, InsideOut can store information (e.g. PDF instructions, text, etc.), display current component values (e.g. values of axis X, temperature of sensor Y, etc.) and monitor the course of these values at set intervals that can be defined and altered by the user as required.The program does not depend on a specific platform and can be operated via a smartphone if on the move, as well as via an office computer. An internal Ethernet or radio link is used for the connection.
Depending on the user and his interests and rights, information can be filtered or highlighted. Different user requirements call for different views and content. A common model can be created with the program, which provides all users with the same general information and thus the same basis for discussion. Error messages are displayed to a maintenance technician, productivity indicators to a managing director, and operating instructions for components displayed to a mechanical engineer. This minimizes misunderstandings and improves communication.