The SSR (Shield Stabilizer Regulator) is an innovative product that represent an effective and robust equipment able to guarantee the proper electrical supply operations to machineries, plants, industrial and residential uses in conditions of Power Grid fluctuations.
Therefore SSR adopts also innovative technologies to guarantee interconnectivity, interoperability, remote supervision, predictive maintenance, data farming and data analytics as well as training. From this point of view it is ongoing a joint research project with Simulation Team, University of Genoa, devoted to investigate and develop solutions based on advanced techniques such as Simulation (M&S), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to multiple the effectiveness and efficiency of SSR equipment.
Indeed it is very interesting to develop new solution able to combine together Simulation, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) for the Service and Management of SSR on geographical distributed site.
For instance it becomes possible to train local people to install and provide basic service even before the SSR are deployed on site; in similar way, in central Headquarters it becomes possible to control and supervise SSRs system operations and support preventive maintenance and troubleshooting remotely in a large number of case.
Indeed the combination of VR and AR is often defined as Hybrid or Mixed Reality and represents an effective support to develop new useful functionalities and services to final users and SSR Operators:
- • Virtual testing
- • Support to Installation
- • Troubleshooting on the Field
- • Remote Supervision and Service
- • Data Collection and System Monitoring
- • Data Analytics and Situation Awareness
- • Preventive Maintenance
- • Education and Training
- • Process and Plant Simulation
- • Virtual Prototyping
- • Development of Integrated Solutions and Architectures integrating SSR with other Systems for specific cases (e.g. UPS)
From this point of view, this Joint Venture with Simulation Team represents a perfect applied case of the concepts proposed by Industry 4.0, the, so called, “4th industrial Revolution” born in Germany and evolving all around the advanced industries of the world; from this point of view it makes sense to remind some of the basic concepts used in this initiative that are supporting this approach:
• Industry 4.0: this is the new Industrial Automation pardigm based on interconnectivity and modern technologies.. In particular, Industry 4.0 focuses on Industrial Application and aims to develop Smart Manufacturing and Smart Industries where different Cyberphysical systems are integrated among themselves and made usable with their data and features to users, intuitively.
The basic idea behind Industry 4.0 is to combine concepts such as Cyberphisical Systems, Cloud Computing, Modelling and Simulation, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual and Augmented Reality, Intelligent Agents and Artificial Intelligence to create a common framework, accessible through the web in an easy and effective way to control and improve industrial systems and processes.
• Modelling & Simulation (M&S): Modeling and Simulation allows to recreate on Computers the reality and to use them to reproduce virtually real industrial equipment, machines and plants; in this way it becomes possible to conduct tests and experimentations within the synthetic environment even before the real equipment is installed; obviously this approach support control, training and re-engineering and represent the core of new virtual environments.
• Virtual Reality: this technology represent the combined use of ICT solutions to create an immersive environment where the user could is enable to interact dynamically and operate simulated equipment and machines.
Currently the Virtual Reality Solutions are quite flexible and could operate on different platforms and Input/Output Device including Smart Phones, Tables, Laptops, Hololens, Head Mounted Display, Data Gloves, CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment), force feedback devices
• Augmented Reality: this technology enables the direct and indirect overlapping among elements of the physical real world with virtual objects; it becomes possible to enrich the reality with additional information provided by the computer through the use of simulators, data analytics and virtual models. In this way information from Data Farms, Sensors, Models, Sounds, 3D Elements, Coordinates and Images could be combined and presented intuitively to the users for multiple purposes from education to supervision and service.
Currently Simulation Team is developing a Virtual Framework operating from Smart Phones, Tables and SPIDER to experience virtually the SSR; the SPIDER (Simulation Practical Immersive Dynamic Environment for Reengineering) is an innovative mobile solution allowing to experiment different configuration and installation of real industrial equipment within an immersive interactive and interoperable virtual environment.