Siemens trains electricians with virtual reality and Apple Vision Pro


For Siemens, Bilt has developed 3D instructions for the assembly and installation of starters and distribution cabinets, instructions available via Apple Vision Pro. (Photo: DR)

Siemens is betting on 3D assembly instructions for Apple’s Vision Pro glasses to speed up the training of electricians.

AdvertisingTo simplify the training of electricians in the assembly and installation of its Nema starters, developed for the control and protection of motors in industrial processes, as well as its P5 energy distribution cabinets, the industrial company Siemens is turning to virtual reality.

To do this, the manufacturer turned to the Swiss company Bilt, which adapted the two sets of instructions for Spatial Computing (spatial data processing) of Vision Pro, Apple’s virtual reality headset.

Starting from a photorealistic digital twin

Initially, Apple glasses and customized 3D guides will be used in the basic and further training of electricians. Professionals thus become familiar with new subjects, quickly and safely.

The instructions show electricians using a virtual version of a component (left), where and how to place it (right). (Photo: Bilt)

To design these applications, Bilt created photorealistic digital twins of Siemens components. Users can move these 3D images with gestures, rotate them, zoom in and out. Another option is control through eye movements and voice commands, for example when an electrician needs both hands free. The applications also indicate in 3D overlay in which order and position the components in starters and distribution cabinets must be placed.

For the development of the 3D instructions and the application for Vision Pro, Bilt collaborated with the Californian company 4D Pipeline. Versions of the Bilt 3D app are also available for Android and iOS tablets.

Train faster and more reliably

“This is a great example of how we are using digitization to help train the next generation of electricians,” says Andreas Matth, general manager Electrical Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. The ability to work with the digital representation of an electrical device in a physical space transforms the training experience and provides an innovative, safer and less expensive method of learning.

Peter Krte, Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer at Siemens AG: Siemens’ goal is to close the competence gap and strengthen the next generation of electricians.

AdvertisingIn collaboration with Bilt, Siemens wants to make other virtual reality training guides available, for example for the Inhab product line (intelligent energy management in homes). Versions for energy distribution cabinets specific to electric vehicle charging stations are also planned.

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