What does Theorem XR bring to factory design/layout?

Below we show how a factory layout can be reviewed in the board room on a table-top in Mixed Reality (Microsoft HoloLens) and how the user can interact with the 3D data in full-scale in Virtual Reality (HTC Vive Pro).



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Why have we done this?

Recent trends in the manufacturing industry suggest that existing layout configurations do not meet the needs of multi-product enterprises and that there is a need for a new generation of factory layouts that are flexible, modular, and easy to reconfigure.

With increased flexibility, modularity, and reconfigurability, factories could avoid redesigning their layouts each time their production requirements changed. Modern manufacturers value layouts that retain their usefulness over many product mixes and can easily be reconfigured. Equally important are layouts that permit shorter lead times, lower inventories, and a greater degree of product customization.

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Why should I use Theorem XR for my factory layout?

Creating new layouts can be expensive and disruptive, especially when factories must shut down. When planning and making changes, it is therefore essential to get it right the first time.

Production engineers need to evaluate conventional layouts (such as product, process, and cellular or overlapping cellular layouts), versus functional layouts (all resources of the same type in one location), versus alternative concepts (such as distributed layouts with ‘virtual’ temporary cells) when considering flexible manufacturing scenarios.


Getting data into your devices

If you’re already experimenting or using XR as part of your Factory Layout design process, but are struggling to get data in to the devices or in to the correct format, we can show you just how easy it can be to work with existing assets, and remove the barriers associated with the timely need to manipulate and rework data for use at full scale and in context within the latest XR devices.

This video will give you a quick idea…

How Theorem Solutions can help you

Our Factory Layout Experience can be seamlessly integrated into existing business processes, using proven and robust XR technologies. Scenes can be preloaded with existing CAD or scanned factory data. Existing or new library components can be imported and repositioned using ‘grab and move’ capabilities and simple snap-to functionality for easy and accurate positioning.

Alternative scenarios can be rapidly explored to optimize layout (maximizing productivity and efficiency), understand potential clashes, evaluate ergonomic issues or access problems, and prepare infrastructure options. Promising outcomes can be saved for future review or cascade, or they can be exported to update source CAD data. Similarly, staff can learn and rehearse operation and handling of virtual lines, accelerating readiness and quality improvement.

As demonstrated in the video above, Theorem’s Factory Layout is available for both Mixed and Virtual Reality devices.

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Virtual Reality


Virtual Reality (VR) places the user into an entirely simulated (computer generated) environment, by standing in a CAVE or using a headset (for example HTC Vive). It entirely occludes the user’s natural surroundings.


Augmented Reality


Augmented Reality (AR) presents a view of the natural world overlaid with a layer of digital content. This can be viewed through the screen of a smartphone or tablet (for example Apple’s ARKit), or limited information presented using a head mounted device (for example Google Glass or Vuzix Blade).


Mixed Reality


Mixed Reality (MR) places a holographic projection of digital data into, and in some cases responsive to the physical world (for example Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap). An MR head mounted ‘visor’ is clear, providing a comfortable view of the natural world (rather than viewing through a device screen).

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