Coupling of interactive manufacturing operations simulation and immersive virtual reality
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This paper presents a novel general-purpose simulation analysis application that combines concurrent operations simulation with the advanced data interrogation and user interaction capabilities of immersive virtual reality systems. The application allows for interactive modification of the simulation parameters, while providing the users with the available simulation information by effectively placing the operator in the midst of the environment being simulated. The major contribution of this research is the total integration of the immersive virtual reality environment with the simulation, allowing users in the environment to interactively change the inputs to the simulation as it is running. Implementation and functionality details of the developed application are presented. The experience of using the application to analyze a manufacturing operation in a collaborative scenario is also discussed.
This is a manuscript from Virtual Reality 16 (2010): 15, doi:10.1007/s10055-010-0165-7. Posted with permission. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10055-010-0165-7.