Digital Twin: Industrial Robot Kinematic Model Integration to the Virtual Reality Environment
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Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Tallinn, Estonia
Submission date: 2020-01-31
Acceptance date: 2020-03-24
Online publication date: 2020-06-24
Publication date: 2020-06-24
Journal of Machine Engineering 2020;20(2):53-64
Digital Twin (DT) concept nowadays is shown via the simulations of the manufacturing systems and included those production processes and parametric 3D models of the product. It is the primary method for planning, analysing and optimising the factory layout and processes. Moreover, work on management via the simulation in real-time is already done using Virtual Reality (VR) tools from a safe and remote environment. However, there is a list of limitation of such kind of digital systems, as connectivity speed and precision of the digital environment. The primary goal of this study is to access second listed limitation and on the example of the fully synchronised physical with its digital replica industrial robot, increase the level of precision of the developed DT environment. The proposed approach introduces transfer of the mathematical model to the virtual environment, thus creating a precise and scaled visual model of the Industrial Robot.
This research was supported by project AR16077 Smart Industry Centre (SmartIC) No. 2014-2020.4.01.16-0183, supported by the EU Regional Development Fund. The authors are grateful to the student of the Tallinn University of Technology – Yevhen Bondarenko, for his help in the experiments with Virtual Reality implementations and laboratory digitalisation.
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