Cumbrian engineering firm invests in virtual reality solution

A Cumbrian engineering firm, supported by Made Smarter, is using immersive technologies to drive global growth and innovation, and create new highly skilled jobs.

Forth Engineering, based in Flimby, specialises in the manufacture of bespoke robotics that can be used in harsh environments for nuclear, oil and gas, marine, and renewables sectors.

With the support of Made Smarter’s North West adoption programme, Forth is investing in a hardware and software solution that will allow its client to step into a virtual room and interrogate a 3D model of their asset from anywhere in the world.

They are adapting office space to create a mixed reality studio and will use a leading Extended Reality (XR) headset and mixed reality smart glasses to enable customer demonstrations.

The use of digitalisation, immersion, and presentation technologies will allow Forth to deliver innovative and novel solutions to complex problems globally, opening up new markets and increasing services offered to customers. 

The team of 38 staff believe the value-added service will give it a competitive advantage while in the process creating five new jobs.

Managing director Mark Telford said this service will raise its profile in the global, harsh environment market and support its growth strategy to double turnover by £2m each year and help to upskill the team, secure jobs and increase job satisfaction.

Mr Telford explained: “Our engineering solutions are giving customers new and accurate insights into the state of their assets, without risking their workforce, and ultimately saving them a considerable amount of money.

“Made Smarter has enabled fuller and faster adoption of the new technologies and training, accelerating implementation by years.”

The solution converts 3D data of assets into a model using 3D visualisation software. This will allow the asset to be viewed within virtual/mixed reality environments in a true to life scale.

Forth will then use a leading Extended Reality (XR) headset to project a clear and precise visual representation of the asset into a room at their facility. Meanwhile, mixed reality smart glasses are sent to the customer to access a virtual face to face meeting or inspection scenario from the safety and comfort of their own office.

The smart glasses will create a hologram of the customer in the studio where they can interact and interrogate the asset, which can be animated and exploded into parts.

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