Ford is piloting a software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants. The IntoSite application in the Tecnomatix portfolio is a cloud-based web application developed using the Google Earth infrastructure.
IntoSite holds a 3D version of assembly plants and allows users to navigate virtually through the plants – down to the workstations – and was developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit.
At any virtual location, engineers or other team members can add pins – just as they would in Google Maps – and upload content such as videos, documents and images to these pins, creating a private virtual space for users to save and share materials.
The IntoSite pilot program is initially being studied at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
[Image courtesy: Siemens]