The role of ATS Bus within the project was to combine and exchange data between the MES system and the Augmented Reality display server. ATS Bus was used as it is technology independent which provides the flexibility in the system to extend out to different AR and VR systems. It also enables MES applications to be swapped out with minimal disruption if needed.
Every system connects to ATS Bus which securely transfers data and carries out all data translation requirements. It also provides edge computing capabilities by carrying out data-driven tasks close to the production line without needing to send data to the Business layer and back.
ATS Bus transmits and translates work orders from the MES to the AdV (Advanced Visualisation Device) server on the shop floor. The Adv handles the rendering and control of the work instructions for the Augmented Reality Device. When the operator marks a step as complete the data is automatically published onto ATS Bus which sends the data back to the MES system to complete the transaction.