How VR technology provides decision making support in the food industry

As a specialist in the field of production planning for the food industry, Lissner Engineers + Architects uses VR technology to simplify, accelerate and reduce concept design and fine-tuning.

3D glasses offer a visual experience that walks clients through complex production planning processes before they are even created. This new service provides important decision-making support.

Lissner Engineers + Architects uses VR technology

Lissner Engineers + Architects is ushering in a new era with the innovative use of VR technology

Professional planners with more than 30 years of experience

Lissner Engineers + Architects is ushering in a new era with the innovative use of VR technology. The family-owned company, now with the second generation at its helm, is headed by industrial engineers Dennis and Tobias Lissner. It has been designing newbuilds, modifications and expansion of production facilities in line with the most advanced standards for over 30 years. One of the unique strengths of the company is the implementation of construction work during operation. Dennis Lissner emphasises: “We don’t see ourselves as a classic firm of architects. As a specialist in production planning and in particular for the meat industry, we plan optimal operational processes. We ensure smooth workflows of product and staff by designing the shortest possible paths and avoiding points of intersection. Only when planning for the production area is completed, can the planning of technical equipment and construction be continued. The new VR technology provides a very effective support for this process.”

Virtual reality brings planning concepts to life

The VR planning tool, presented for the first time by Lissner Engineers + Architects at IFFA 2019, enables the three-dimensional representation of complex 2D plans and thus makes them easier to follow. With the help of 3D glasses, customers can immerse themselves in the virtual world of construction planning. They can visually experience the locations and dimensions of machines and systems in their intended position and take a virtual walk through the facility before construction begins.

Run-through of process workflows

The comprehensive digital model reproduces large and complex machines in their intended locations and to scale. This enables a realistic, spatial view of machine installation, layout and dimensions, and provides a run-through of process workflows. By using the VR planning tool, Lissner Engineers + Architects’ solutions for production systems in the food industry are perfectly adapted to each location in order to maximise productivity.

At the same time, system limitations can be determined. Tobias Lissner explains: “VR technology offers realistic implementation of our concepts and gives our customers the feeling of being in the middle of the planned production environment. Our 3D tool makes complex relationships and interfaces understandable and can pinpoint planning risks right from the outset – this makes it much easier for our customers to make important decisions.”

The new 3D planning tool therefore simplifies and speeds up processes at Lissner Engineers + Architects. Customers benefit from an added increase in planning security, which in turn helps reduce costs.