KHS offers 3D software that gives clients a virtual overview of how a potential packaging line or individual machine will fit into their production environment; 3D representation helps customers see any disruptive geometries during early offer phase

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DORTMUND, Germany , August 31, 2022 (press release) –

Additional security for the investment: Thanks to 3D software, the KHS Group offers a virtual overview of the newly acquired technologies as early as the offer phase.

  • System provider relies entirely on three-dimensional planning
  • Identify possible obstacles in the production environment early on
  • New digital solution accelerates three-dimensional planning process

Additional security for the investment: Thanks to 3D software, the KHS Group is already offering a virtual overview of the newly acquired technologies in the quotation phase. In this way, the system provider shows its customers early on and in detail how the potential line or individual machine fits into the production environment, taking into account the on-site conditions. With the complete conversion to the three-dimensional planning process, KHS is successively expanding its portfolio of "reliable services".

“Our three-dimensional representation helps customers to be able to view any disruptive geometries during the early offer phase. This increases planning security. Because possible spatial conflicts in the production hall are identified and corrected right from the start,” says Patrick Bürger, Director of Plant Design at KHS. In this way, unnecessary planning loops and thus additional costs are avoided at an early stage. “We show the customer how the machine or line fits into the existing environment. If desired, we involve the operators in the planning in advance and show them how they can later move between the systems. Your feedback is extremely valuable for us to implement the optimal layout,” says Bürger.

Three-dimensional planning enables height representation

New software is used which, thanks to its simple application, speeds up the entire 3D planning process. At the same time, the solution shows the corresponding machines and transport elements in more detail than conventional 2D variants. This means that production environments over several floors or in particularly cramped spatial conditions can be visualized simply and clearly. 3D system planning can be implemented for all machines in the KHS portfolio - regardless of the container or beverage segment.

To further increase planning security, KHS offers laser scans, which are easy to integrate thanks to the new software. For this purpose, a 360-degree camera on a tripod captures the corresponding production environment in a photo-realistic and almost complete manner. “These individual images are superimposed. This creates a so-called point cloud that takes every geometry into account. Interference and disturbing elements are reliably detected,” explains Bürger. This is particularly advantageous when integrating new systems into parts of buildings with existing lines, since possible collisions with existing equipment are avoided.

3D models for further processes

The use of 3D models is also helpful for other processes. According to Bürger, customers are increasingly asking for rendered images for plant visualization in order to be able to display and process live data from their MES systems on a production monitor. “In this way, it is possible to track in real time what is happening where in the line and how high the current output is, for example. We can optionally provide these images,” says Bürger. At the same time, the 3D data can be used for what is known as Building Information Modeling (BIM). It describes a working method of networked planning in which all trades - from the building data to piping and ventilation systems to the energy supply and finally the bottling line - can be combined and displayed in a system planning model. “We have relevant experience in BIM projects. The response, for example with regard to the data quality, was consistently positive. Our optional support includes not only the provision of this data in various exchange formats, but also participation in regular BIM coordination meetings," says Bürger.

Another option for early 3D planning is the use of mobile VR glasses. According to Bürger, this is an advantage, particularly in tight spaces, as it shows where and how operators can move between the machines: “The VR simulation helps to make complex content even easier to access and to visualize it clearly. By the end of the year we are looking for prototype customers with whom we can test this type of visualization in specific planning offers and present its benefits 'on living objects'."

In Bürger's opinion, 3D system planning from KHS is currently setting standards on the market: "We are moving into the future together with our customers. The feedback so far has been consistently positive.”

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