The ambitious H2020 HR-Recycler project answers the need to create a new human-robot collaborative environment, where WEEE can be disassembled in a safe manner. To achieve an efficient collaboration in this field 12 European partners have joint forces and are working on various elements required create the hybrid human-robot recycling plant for electrical and electronic equipment of the future.
Within HR-Recycler CS GROUP – France (formerly DIGINEXT) focuses on the development of an effective virtual training system for the WEEE recycling industry. The dedicated tool (Procedure Editor) enables the creation of WEEE disassembly training experiences, based on predefined procedures (see image below), as described in a previous blog post.
Once the procedures created, they can either be implemented on the relevant object or exported in a format useable for VR training of robots and human workers. Taking this into consideration, CS GROUP has therefore implemented an S1000D export, described in more details below.
|S1000D is an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. It is an XML specification for preparing, managing, and publishing technical information for a product.
S1000D is not a one-size-fits-all solution – it is a many-sizes-fit-many solution; through a combination of business rules, selectable elements and customizable values the standard is tailored to meet the project requirements.
This type of export can be performed by anyone and results, within HR-Recycler, in two different files, as illustrated in the figure below. The content of each file is as follows:
- File 1: S1000D xml – containing the required persons, required parts and the procedure.
- File 2: 3D data xml – containing 3D file URLs, submodel URLs for each part and animation data
Below are included a few specific examples on the level of information provided for each element.
The first image shows the list of people, required to perform a certain procedure along with their person category code. Consequently, the extracted file provides clear information on the type of personnel and competences required to perform a certain task.
Furthermore, in the S1000D Export file it is possible to see the sequence of steps to be performed in order to complete a specific procedure. For example, it shows the:
- type of personnel/operator required to perform a procedure (highlighted in blue),
- the action to be performed, e.g. “unscrew” (highlighted in red)
- the reference of the tool and the associated video sequence (highlighted in green)
For training purposes, it is useful to be able to visualise the different steps of the procedures, that might be complex. The figure below shows the list of animations to be played for each step of the procedure.
This approach has made it possible to easily share information on procedures with relevant partners and enable the VR training of robots and human workers.