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Augmented, virtual reality in process automation: A mini series

Explore the benefits, challenges and maintenance required for augmented and virtual realities

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Look before you leap. Think before you act. These and other pieces of good advice are all about what you can see before you decide what to do.Lately, there are more input types and data sources coming into everyone's eyeballs that can help human activities, including process control and automation. However, the problem is sorting through new formats like augmented reality (AR) and others, choosing the most suitable, organizing what they're trying to say, and using them to achieve better outcomes.In the articles that follow, we explore the benefits, challenges and maintenance required for these technologies.  Benefits of AR, VR in process automation Safety, training,…

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Find the latest trends, technology and implementations of control systems, including PLCs, PCs and PACs, detailed in this new eBook from the editors of Control. Topics covered include: function block fundamentals, legacy systems, edge computing and more. Download it here.

 

Download the August Digital EditionOur latest issue: August 2019

Lately, there are more input types and data sources coming into everyone's eyeballs that can help human activities, including process control and automation. What are the benefits of technologies like AR and VR? Also read about level measurement and process analyzers. Read the issue.

 

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When to use positioners in flow control

A positioner on an actuator that’s too slow for the process can be worse than none.

Q: I stumbled on www.ControlGlobal.com while searching for information about PID control of flow. This question may have been answered, but the couple of threads I found didn't seem helpful specifically for my problem. I'm controlling gas flow with a flow sensor and an electrically actuated (servo)…

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  • Resource guide: Augmented and virtual reality

    Getting started with AR paperThis seven-page whitepaper, "Getting started with industrial augmented reality solutions" by PTC, covers details the six critical steps that will guide project owners through getting started with industrial AR. It show how to identify the most compelling business case;…

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  • Augmented, virtual reality in process automation: A mini series

    By Jim Montague

    Look before you leap. Think before you act. These and other pieces of good advice are all about what you can see before you decide what to do.Lately, there are more input types and data sources coming into everyone's eyeballs that can help human activities, including process control and automation.

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  • How to make AR a reality

    By Jim Montague

    There are several essential steps needed to implement augmented, virtual or mixed reality solutions. Individual applications may need others, but here are the basic requirements:Identify the problem or use case that AR can help solve; View online videos or other presentations of the various AR, VR…

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  • AR, VR, MR: What’s the difference?

    By Jim Montague

    Plenty of new, old, familiar and semi-understood terms get tossed around in discussions about augmented and related realities. To get observers, developers and potential users on the same page, here are some consensus definitions of the most common terms:Augmented reality (AR) usually consists of…

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  • Where and how does AR, VR fit into process automation operations?

    By Jim Montague

    One area where augmented reality (AR) has gotten its first process industry foothold is in training and maintenance because they're usually non-critical situations where process personnel can try AR and get familiar with it without risking production hitches or possible safety issues."Because it's…

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  • Finding the value of AR, VR in process automation

    By Jim Montague

    To avoid the flash-in-the-pan fate of previous 3D simulations and human-machine interfaces (HMIs), developers of today's augmented reality (AR) solutions emphasize that users must identify situations where it can generate value to justify implementing it."It's cool to have videogame-style graphics…

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