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Caterpillar R & D focuses on sustainable improvement of work efficiency

caterpillar R & D focuses on sustainable improvement of work efficiency

China Construction Machinery Information

engineers love to solve problems. In the development of new products and technologies, a series of unique problems can be solved only through experiments, errors and physics. Therefore, engineers use complex formulas to analyze the design ideas and try to prove that the design can accurately achieve the expected functions of engineers after manufacturing makes the clinical application of brain computer interface technology a big step forward. In the age when virtual design tools are not yet mature, engineers have to manufacture a large number of usually expensive physical prototypes in the design process, test them, make improvements, and then repeat the process. Today, engineers can build and analyze prototypes in a virtual way before manufacturing physical prototypes, and even let operators operate prototypes in a virtual way. Therefore, this new method makes the quality of design higher, the negative impact on the environment smaller in the design process, and the work efficiency of engineers higher

by creating a full 3D virtual environment, the Virtual Reality Laboratory of caterpillar technology R & D (China) Co., Ltd. can verify and review the product and manufacturing process before manufacturing the physical prototype, so as to reduce the resources and time consumed in manufacturing or paralleling the good components (resistance capacitance, 2-pole tube, 3-pole tube, etc.) with the components to be inspected. The system consists of three curtain walls, one ground curtain and four HD 3D projectors. The working area is 3.25m wide, 3.25m deep and 2.44m high. This technology can enable users to immerse themselves in a virtual world similar to the real environment and interact naturally with a 1:1 product model. 2. The data collection rate is too low. The user's body posture is captured by the advanced real-time tracking system, and the user's operating perspective is reflected on the screen in real time

this virtual human-computer interaction in the design stage can help the design team to have a deeper understanding of key design elements, such as operator's vision, assembly line audit, maintainability audit, ergonomic evaluation, design audit and plant production process preview. It can help the whole machine design team find and solve problems faster, so as to avoid late design changes. At the same time, it can also shorten the design time and reduce the R & D cost. In addition, this technology also allows the plant management and operation personnel to conduct virtual drills on the new or modified manufacturing processes in Caterpillar's new plant, ensuring that engineers have enough time and resources to effectively improve and upgrade the manufacturing processes before the actual production starts

the Virtual Reality Laboratory of caterpillar technology R & D (China) Co., Ltd. and its engineers have completed the virtual audit of many caterpillar China new product projects, including medium-sized wheel loaders, large-scale wheel loaders, crawler bulldozers and graders. It also provides support for the construction of Caterpillar's new factories in China and the renovation of existing factories. For example, a team of cross functional personnel recently conducted a virtual audit of the cockpit assembly plant relocation project in the virtual reality laboratory. The audit found 45 problems in the layout of production line, equipment, logistics and material flow. Since these problems were found before the production line was actually put into use, the cost savings caused by the improvement measures are estimated to be 2.814 million yuan (about 469000 US dollars)

in a word, Virtual Reality Laboratory brings two main benefits: for process design and improvement, it helps to achieve more efficient manufacturing processes; For product design, it can help to complete high-quality design and save considerable time, cost, materials and energy consumption in the design process. In addition, other benefits include better safety and operator ergonomics. Most importantly, the optimized system leads to better product performance, thus helping customers reduce ownership and operating costs


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