Application of Artificial Reality in Manufacturing Industry
Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1, Minamiosawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-03 Japan
The role of human beings to the computer integrated manufacturing system is to be re-evaluated from the point of view of flexible and agile manufacturing. This paper deals with this issue from the stand point of the smooth communication between human beings and computers with models and images of products and factories in it, and discusses the effectiveness of 3-dimensional models and images with artificial reality for industrial product design and production. It also develops the possibility of the virtual factory with artificial reality and classifies the virtual factory from the view of the concerning styles of human beings to the factory system. This paper unifies human beings and sense-of-presence devices to H, computer and communication to C, and real (physical) objects and world to R, and discusses the four combining types of the virtual factory.