Welcome to the virtual world!
Once again at this year’s FachPack, Kardex Remstar presented its wide range of automated storage and retrieval solutions for companies. Virtual presentation techniques were used for the first time, giving visitors completely new insights into the world of intralogistics. Besides the conventional trade fair presence, three additional virtual reality smart glasses were used alongside augmented reality techniques, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the company’s virtual reality.
With the help of VR smart glasses, prospective customers embarked on an animated 360° flight through the product world of Kardex Remstar. Users were able to steer the direction of the flight and display individual features of the storage and retrieval systems in detail by moving their head or navigating with their finger.
The image displayed via the glasses was simultaneously shown on a large screen so that people standing around could also take part in the experience. Besides the storage unit presentation, visitors were also able to use the glasses to find out more about sort2ship, an innovative order picking solution produced by Kardex Remstar for AHP Merkle GmbH. As such, with the help of semi-realistic images, a simulation was produced on the stand that gave the viewer the impression of being right at the heart of the action. Alexandra Jung, media and content manager at Kardex Remstar, was satisfied with the results of the new form of presentation: “With these glasses, we are giving stand visitors the opportunity to experience our systems in a completely new way.”
In addition to VR glasses, augmented reality played an important role on the stand. The focus of the AR presentation was on the Kardex Remstar LR 35 Vertical Buffer Module. This new development from Kardex Remstar helps to speed up the picking of small parts in warehouses with high throughput levels. With the help of an app installed on one of eight available iPad Air and three iPad Pro tablets, prospective customers were able to scan an image of the LR 35 to display a three-dimensional view of it.
With their fingertips, users were able to rotate the view of the unit in any way they chose and zoom in on the details. By further tapping on the screen the system’s panels disappeared, giving the viewer a detailed insight into the storage processes inside the unit.
This graphic form of virtual reality opens up completely new ways for the manufacturer to present its products. “Space at trade fairs is limited. Then there is the complex work involved in setting up our large-scale systems. With the help of augmented reality we can present the advantages of our systems in various ways and in a very small space,” says Alexandra Jung.
One special feature of the app (which is available for iOS and Android): The user can access the augmented reality presentation of the Vertical Buffer Module wherever they happen to be. All they need is a printout of the scan pattern. Then they just have to point the camera of their smartphone or tablet at it and the three-dimensional model of the machine appears. The plan is to present more of the manufacturer’s systems in this way in future.
The advantages of presenting Kardex Remstar’s storage and retrieval systems using VR glasses and AR technology are obvious: The large storage units can be showcased in detail without the need for much space. In addition, features such as 360-degree views or virtual operation of the systems can be integrated into the presentation, giving the user a detailed insight into the system’s processes. In a later step, it would be possible to incorporate individual adjustments in the model to scale, in line with customer specifications. This makes it much easier to describe, explain, and understand how the system works, turning visualization by means of AR and VR techniques into an experience on a completely new level for both customer and supplier.
The integration of VR and AR at FachPack was just the start for Kardex Remstar. One can only wonder at what the intralogistics supplier will come up with at future trade fairs.