Recap from our Expo at Impact Festival 2021
Mid-September 2021 we were at Impact Festival in Offenbach am Main, a high profiled get-together on sustainability and everything else related to transforming industries towards a greener economy.
And, we had a blast.
While developing Twyn, our software-platform for AR-enhanced quality inspections, we had not anticipated the impact it would have on the carbon footprint of its pilot users.
Keep reading to learn in which ways Twyn contributes to an improved sustainability in the quality inspection process. And get some impression from the event in the image gallery below.
Not all parts are made equal – some are manufactured with errors, others might get damaged in transport or are faulty in another way. This far too often leads to countless parts that don’t make it through the quality inspection. At worse, they’re being shipped back and forth from supplier to manufacturer, or they are simply scrapped, wasting both time and resources.
This is where Twyn comes in: Twyn allows for an inspection in-before delivery and even in-before production. Using augmented reality overlays, Twyn compares the CAD-data to the already manufactured part and highlights deviations. This streamlines the inspection process, as parts don’t need to be brought to testing facilities to be inspected.
With Twyn, even small suppliers may check for quality faster and more often, substantially reducing time and transport costs. Furthermore, Twyn can inspect parts before they get produced with its virtual fitting feature, by virtually holding the planned part against an already manufactured one, determining its compatibility.
Getting to know manufacturing better, we were impressed (reading: shocked) how much QA still relies on pen and paper methods. At Visometry, we aren’t big fans of unnecessary paperwork and waste of paper. Yet, digitizing processes isn’t only a choice of going greener, but a not to be underestimated factor to gain time. That’s why engineers can also document their findings directly using Twyn, meaning that through a consistent digital documentation, for one the feedback-loop between production and manufacturing is scaled down but also paper-based documentation becomes obsolete.
It’s great to hear from many of our pilot customers, how Twyn had impact on greenhouse emission, directly and indirectly. Improving quality by factors around 3-5 times meant far less scrap and less production efforts for tooling related to scrap.
What’s more, with fewer parts causing problems at later points in production, Twyn helped cut down unnecessary shipments and paper usage, which helped our pilot users decrease their carbon footprint. We’re lacking detailed figures at this point, but we’re happy to share more insights, once we got them.
Twyn is still in its pilot phase, but we are currently supporting and building up further pilot customers. If you are interested in learning more about Twyn, you can find out more on Twyn’s product page.
Finally, we’d like to give a big shoutout to the festival organizers and our friends at EIT Manufacturing for organizing the match making and the session at the innovation stage. We’ve been happy to contribute.