The challenge of education related to large technical systems is to provide enough hands-on experience. Virtual models and visualizations make it easier to explain the behavior of those systems. For that we have developed a Virtual FMS, that is a digital twin of the physical education environment, FMS Training Center located in the Fastems Factory floor.
The efficiency in learning can be improved by utilizing a mixed reality environments. The aim of the learning environment is to allow the students to achieve the intended learning outcomes mostly with learning by doing.
The education environment is an example of a typical FMS existing in several Finnish companies. The actual setups in companies varies in terms of needed resources, but the principles of the environments are similar.
The environment has been scaled larger compared to actual physical environment to allow the introduction of a more complex manufacturing system and how the management software has been implemented to control the environment.
More information at Virtual FMS website: https://research.tuni.fi/virtualfms/