How to create AR solutions from your existing Siemens Teamcenter data

How to create AR solutions from your existing Siemens Teamcenter data

If you are working with Siemens Teamcenter you will know that it is a product lifecycle management (PLM) system that connects people and processes across departments by integrating all product knowledge into a single source of information. What you probably don’t know, is that there is simple way to utilize this information that enhances training, operations and maintenance procedures significantly across your business.

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Connecting Siemens Teamcenter to REFLEKT ONE, the first scalable Augmented Reality (AR) platform, allows you to visualize your existing design and technical documentation data and bring it into a format that enables technicians perform service and maintenance tasks more efficiently, with less errors and higher first-time fix rates than before.

REFLEKT ONE empowers companies to independently create their own AR applications without any programming expertise. The content creation platform makes it easy for anyone in your company to create interactive 2D and 3D visualizations for live viewing on real objects. All that’s needed to do this is, you guessed it: Data!

This is where Siemens Teamcenter comes in. The product knowledge, design and technical documentation data from your PLM can be fed into the REFLEKT ONE platform where it forms the basis of your step-by-step instructions as well as your visualizations of product components and diagnostic data.

You might ask yourself: How exactly do I link the two? It’s a simple three-phase process.

Three phase process linking Siemens Teamcenter and REFLEKT ONE

1. Authoring

The authoring phase is where you create the content. REFLEKT ONE Author works in conjunction with Cortona3D RapidManual, an ‘out of the box’ toolkit that creates 3D interactive manuals. Simply import the existing information from technical documentation and 3D CAD data into REFLEKT ONE Author where you can use it with Cortona3D RapidManual to create different types of content. Depending on what best suits your scenario you can choose between these three types:

  1. Information Screen (2D text in the form of documents, pictures, videos)
  2. Point of Interest (3D model that links to the real object while also displaying 2D information mentioned in point a)
  3. Animated Procedures (Step-by step instructions combined with text).

After choosing your content type, the document editor in REFLEKT ONE Author allows you to drag & drop or type in the relevant information and directly link it to the desired item in your 3D model of the object.

screenshot Siemens Teamcenter and REFLEKT ONE Author-1

2. Publishing

This is the point where all created information comes together and is prepared for publication. Before the information is merged, however, you need to choose between marker-based and model-based tracking as your tracking configuration. This ensures the application knows how to display the created content in the real scenario. After that the REFLEKT ONE Publication Engine receives all 3D data, technical  documentation and tracking information from Siemens Teamcenter and prepares it for the final phase.

3. Viewer

At this stage the information is visualized. To do so, simply open the REFLEKT ONE Viewer and refresh the app so any new content is displayed. Download the new scenario and open it. Your new AR content can now be accessed and viewed across Android, IOS and Windows devices or on the Microsoft Hololens.

Traditional manual vs AR workspace

This is it. No rocket science but a simple process which can be followed through by anyone because programming skills are not required. It’s all about merging already available product information and transforming it into AR content that empowers your company to significantly improve workflows across the product lifecycle.

Linking Siemens Teamcenter to REFLEKT ONE not only makes the initial AR content creation a smooth and easy process but also enables you long-term to adapt quickly when changes occur. Changed information in your PLM directly feeds through to your AR content. This prevents delays and eliminates errors that occur when information is changed manually while making your company processes more agile.

For expert insights on the evolution of technical publications and the role of Augmented Reality, make sure you check out the article Augmented Reality Documentation - Technical Publications 4.0 by Trish Laedtke, Product Manager for Siemens PLM Software at Siemens.


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