Shaft alignment in heavy industry means placing or arranging in a straight line, two or more shafts. This task is important because any misalignment can cause stress between the shafts and premature breakdown of the equipment.
The workflow of the current FixturLaser XA Pro forces the user through a lot of steps to achieve the goal, and many steps means many screens that make the process less efficient.
To get the shafts aligned, adjustments must be done vertically and horizontally (seen from the front and from the top). Also, the misalignment can be an offset and/ or angular.
During synthesis I realised that the current device uses the same representation for all of this cases.
I decided to work on how to represent and visualize alignment and misalignment, and more specifically, how can dynamic animations guide the user through these part of the process.
The design process focused on simplify navigation, have consistent graphics, give feedback and show progress, all within the mental model of the user.
This movie gives a quick walk through the interface for shaft alignment in heavy industry.
5 weeks project
Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden 2010
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FixturLaser RT: REAL TIME ALIGNMENT INTERFACE IN HEAVY INDUSTRY
Get a pdf of the report here.