Visualisation of the digital twin data in manufacturing by using augmented reality

Zexuan Zhu, Chao Liu, Xun Xu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the wave of Industry 4.0, Digital Twin is attracting more and more attention world-wide. The term might have been coined some time ago, today the concept is increasingly being used in the field of smart manufacturing. Digital Twin provides advantages in different fields of manufacturing, such as production and design, remote diagnostics and service. Digital Twin relies on the continuously accumulated data and real-time presentation of the collected data to simultaneously update and modify with its physical counterpart. However, presenting a huge amount of collected data and information in a Digital Twin in an intuitive manner remains a challenge. Currently, augmented reality (AR) has been widely implemented in the manufacturing environment, such as product design, data management, assembly instructions, and equipment maintenance. By integrating graphics, audios and real-world objects, AR allows the users to visualise and interact with Digital Twin data at a new level. It gives the opportunity to provide intuitive and continual visualisation of the Digital Twin data. In this paper, an AR application that uses Microsoft HoloLens to visualise the Digital Twin data of a CNC milling machine in a real manufacturing environment is presented. The developed application allows the operator to monitor and control the machine tool at the same time, but also enables to interact and manage the Digital Twin data simultaneously, which provides an intuitive and consistent human machine interface to improve the efficiency during the machining process. The proposed application paves the way for further development of intelligent control process through AR devices in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-903
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Early online date24 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event52nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2019 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

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  • Augmented reality
  • Big data visulisations
  • Digital twin
  • Smart manufacturing


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