Augmented Reality Platform for Smart Manufacturing of Wind Turbines

Project Lead: Spiral Science and Technology Inc.
Partners: LM Wind Power, GE Renewable Energy

Member % Cost Share: 50%
CESMII % Cost Share: 50%
Duration: 10 Months

Problem Statement

Complex paper-based work instructions and inefficient quality control process in  manufacturing of the wind turbines.

Project Goal

Develop reusable SM Profile for the composite 62.2m blade (on-shore windmill) and an Augmented Reality (AR) platform for serving the visual work instructions  capturing the insights from the SMIP as well as surface defects prediction model.

Technical Approach

Develop AR system including interface and back end. Create SM Profile and set-up the real-time data exchange. Collect quality data and build data model for automated  defect prediction. Validate and scale the system.

Deliverables/Outcomes/SM Marketplace

  • Delivered Machine Learning models
  • Validated operation of Inspection System at industrial partner site
  • Augmented Reality App Interface
  • Augmented Reality Web Portal
  • Digital In-Process Inspection Application for composite manufacturing
  • Augmented Reality Corrosion Control System

Potential Impact

  • Faster achievement of the climate goals
  • Extra $40m in revenue for a single manufacturer
  • 9,088,500 kg of CO2-e reduced per one headset installed
  • 1,615,481 MMT CO2-e reduction per year assuming optimistic adoption


Modules for provision of AR-based work instructions and quality control will become available to other members on CESMII’s SMIP. AR case study for other industries.

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