Extending Interactive Electronic Maintenance Manual with Web3D Technologies
International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology
Rapid developments in Information and Communication Technology have revealed some opportunities for supporting a complete product lifecycle of the fabrication facilities, particularly for maintenance purposes. The complexity of mechanical procedures, as well as their perceptions, has challenged engineers to create more effective and interactive maintenance manual. Therefore, this paper proposes an advanced electronic maintenance manual with the interactive 3D visualization by using the latest
... b3D technologies. The advantage of this method is the visual and three-dimensional explanations delivered in the maintenance manuals. This method will extend the traditional work instructions into an interactive electronic maintenance manual. The standard module which involves Cortona3D software is processed by preparation of 3D CAD data format from fabrication facilities. Then this process continues with the addition 3D animation with related texts through the maintenance operations and converting the modified 3D data into VRML format which enables accessible through the Web. The result is an interactive and on-demand electronic maintenance manual which allows users to communicate maintenance problems. The assessment concludes that the 3D maintenance manual will improve an intuitive interface and information retention, encourage visual knowledge and minimize ambiguity.