Unlocking the Full Potential of Manufacturing Capabilities Through Digital Twins on AWS
In this post, we will explore the collaboration between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Matterport to create a digital twin proof of concept (POC) for Belden Inc. at one of its major manufacturing facilities in Richmond, Indiana. The purpose of this digital twin POC was to gain insights and optimize operations in employee training, asset performance monitoring, and remote asset inspection at one of its assembly lines.
The onsite capture process required no more than an hour to capture a significant portion of the plant operation. Using the industry-leading Matterport 3D Pro3 capture camera system, we captured high-resolution imagery with high-fidelity measurement information to digitally recreate the entire plant environment.
The use of MQTT protocol to natively connect and send equipment data to AWS IoT Core further streamlined the process. MQTT, an efficient and lightweight messaging protocol designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, ensured seamless communication with minimal latency. This integration allowed for quick access to critical equipment data, facilitating informed decision making and enabling proactive maintenance measures.
Throughout the plant, sensors were strategically deployed to collect essential operational data that was previously missing. These sensors were responsible for monitoring various aspects of machine performance, availability, and health status, including indicators such as vibration, temperature, current, and power. Subsequently, the gathered operational data was transmitted through Belden’s zero-trust operational technology network to Belden Horizon Data Operations (BHDO).
Monitor factory operations using digital twins from AWS and Matterport
AWS IoT TwinMaker is a solution from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that makes it easy for industrial companies to create digital twins of real-world systems, such as buildings, factories, industrial equipment, and production lines. Matterport is the leading spatial data company focused on digitizing and indexing the built world. The Matterport 3D data platform enables anyone to turn a space into an accurate and immersive digital twin, which is used to design, build, operate, promote, and understand any space.
With AWS IoT TwinMaker and Matterport integration, developers leverage this technology to combine the data from the manufacturing floor with the 3D models of the factory. This helps to create a fully integrated digital twin of the factory or remote facility. All of this is done in a short period of time and at a low cost, giving the customers the spatial data insights they need to monitor and manage their operations more efficiently than ever before.