Those visiting the Intralox stand could be forgiven for believing the company had brought a video game display to Tire Technology Expo 2018. Next to the physical demonstration of Intralox’s tire conveyor systems, a VR setup was demonstrating the company’s latest developments in virtual reality modelling for both conveyor belt design and maintenance.
On hand to assist visitors, application engineer Reid McCall guided attendees through how maintenance procedures could impact belt performance – allowing guests to remove virtual roller sections and see the knock-on effects. Though it demonstrated a fairly simple example, “we’re able to put triggers in and do all kinds of things with this,” McCall explained. “You can imagine a control panel, electrical switches. You can get that level of basic training.”In addition, McCall also showed how Intralox’s conveyor solutions could be modelled by the company to compare and contrast different setups and technologies, but with the addition of the VR equipment to provide a new level of immersion for customers.
“We have most of our product line-up encoded into this catalogue, so what we’re able to do is find an example conveyor and run a physics simulation – boxes tumble, tires roll, and so on, and you can see any jams. What we’ve done is plug the VR technology into this – you can go and walk around what we’ve laid down.”
21 February 2018