Bosch Packaging Technology's ( new virtual reality planning tool "Virtual Layout" converts a two-dimensional sketch into a three-dimensional image of the planned packaging system in a short time.

At this year's PACK EXPO International in Chicago, USA from October 14 to 17, the company will present the new virtual reality planning tool at booth S-3514. The system is displayed on the customer's hall plan on a 1:1 scale. In addition, the VR glasses and associated controllers facilitate a virtual walk-through. 

"Virtual Layout helps our customers see their system in a very early planning phase. The virtual walk-through gives a very good overview," said Pascal Witprächtiger, head of the project group Industry 4.0 at Bosch Packaging Technology.

The user can move through the system virtually and can view all the machines in their original size with help of the VR controllers. This immersive 360-degree experience gives the customer a realistic impression of the system when standing in the production hall. The dimensions of the equipment as well as its ergonomics and accessibility are quickly recognizable and easy to understand.

A 360-degree flight video of the planned packaging system is created, which the customer can take home. 

 Bosch offers a few other VR and AR applications, including VR operator training. The educational modules cover a range of subjects, such as the removal of machine parts, with highly detailed functions, e.g. being able to zoom in or out, or move around the machine.

Attendees at PACK EXPO International in Chicago can try out the Bosch Virtual Layout and explore Bosch packaging systems virtually.