Project Title: Smart Work Environment and Application of Augmented Reality Overlay for Manufacturing

RaytheonTeam 16011 Members:
Alexandra Kay Beresford, engineering management (team lead)
Nicole Chellman, industrial engineering
Jonah Matanky, mechanical engineering
Bryce Roybal, engineering management
Seth Werly, electrical and computer engineering
Nicholas Yonke, biomedical engineering (with mechanical engineering minor)

Sponsor: Raytheon Missile Systems

Prototype in the Vanguard of Smart Factories

Team 16011 meets in the UA Science and Engineering Library. From left to right, Bryce Roybal, Seth Werly, Nicholas Yonke, Alexandra Beresford, and Nicole Chellman.With its augmented reality model, Team 16011 is plotting a movement – the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, to be precise.

The first Industrial Revolution took off with steam power to mechanize work done by humans, animals, and natural forces like wind and moving water. Then came the second, with electricity, assembly lines and mass production. The third saw widespread use of computers and robots beginning to replace assembly line workers. Next up: Industry 4.0 for smart factories, centered on automation and data exchange.

In smart factories, explained team member Nicole Chellman, computers and sensors are integrated with production equipment for communicating remotely, sharing real-time data and making adjustments on the fly.

“Everything communicates with each other,” she said.

Team 16011 is investigating ways to increase manufacturing efficiency using Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality. The students’ augmented reality model, with hologram-like images, allows factory workers and engineers to view guided instructions for assembling and manufacturing small satellites.

“Augmented reality works with virtual components in the real world,” noted team member Seth Werly.

The team also produced a trade study that analyzes certain factors of smart factory technology, including equipment cost and training time.

For their Critical Design Review, students created an animated 3-D model that shows workers how to assemble a 10-by-10-by-10-centimeter weather satellite, or CubeSat.

An animated demo is much easier to understand than written instructions and flat diagrams, said teammate Bryce Roybal.

In the final demonstration during Design Day 2017 on May 1, students wearing HoloLenses will fill the roles of machine operator and engineer reviewing real-time data to identify and fix deficiencies in manufacturing processes.