Nowadays, along with many other sectors, the industry is undergoing rapid change and growth. With the emergence of changing needs and demands and the appearance of modular production, the development of well-established methods also becomes inevitable, since we do not put enough emphasis on making the work easier for stuff in the factories. We favor the production managed by central systems, but it can reduce the efficiency of a workforce in a large factory. However, increasing computerization of the industry can help us to create a system where information can be accessed anywhere, not just in a central location.
Sensors in the manufacturing process generate a large amount of data that are usually available in a central location, but this limits the amount and quality of the information that can be extracted. SCADA systems with mobile clients could be the solution to this problem, but they display the entire system image, which makes convenient navigation difficult. There is a further problem with these clients, the use of hands is needed to access the information, which may hinder work. The aforementioned problems make quick and effective decisions-making difficult for the production supervisory staff. A challenging task is to provide the right information at the right place and the right time for the support staff in a way that affects the work as little as possible.
The use of Augmented Reality technology could be an indispensable component to solve the challenges mentioned before. To validate our assumptions, a Microsoft HoloLens based monitoring prototype was developed, in line with the aforementioned needs, to offer a general solution to the supervision of industrial devices on the shop floor.