The project was also supported by students: A workshop organised by LogistikLotsen was held for regional logistics companies and young students studying a variety of subjects at different universities who are interested in the digitalisation of logistics. In another project, an app for use at trade fair stands, PTS is using augmented reality to raise its profile. The app enables the full-size logo of the PTS Logistics Group – a wooden Trojan horse – to be constantly superimposed on the real world using a standard smartphone or tablet.
SALT AND PEPPER, a digitalisation and technology service provider, focuses on the manufacturing sector, offering custom software solutions as well as its own products. Its VR solutions include Boxplan, an assembly planning tool with which companies can create a virtual, explorable drawing of their production facility, and Forestage, which enables CAD models to be quickly integrated into virtual environments.
“At our development site in Osnabrück, we have set up several rooms in which VR applications can be tested and companies can familiarise themselves with virtual reality,” explains Anna Schulze-Smidt, Head of Marketing and Communications at SALT AND PEPPER. “We only use agile methods, such as SCRUM, when developing our software solutions and products, as they enable us to quickly achieve tangible results for our customers.”
This Bremen-based company is the global market leader for wearables and AR. Its xPick software is used in warehouses where employees pick goods, i.e. collect the items from racks that are needed for orders. Instead of the employee having to spend time searching for the right compartment and scanning in products manually, the AR glasses indicate the correct storage location and use a scanner worn on the back of the hand to register in the system that an item has been picked.
“The advantages are plain to see: Workers have both hands free to do the actual task, the error rate is reduced thanks to precise graphical instructions and every process step is documented digitally and can be traced at any time,” explains Leonid Poliakov, Head of Marketing.
Ubimax products are deployed worldwide, and not only for order picking. The glasses are also used for inspections, assembly support, quality assurance and remote maintenance. They are often used in conjunction with smartwatches and other wearables, such as hand scanners.