Digital Engineering

Up on the boat

Up on the boat

If you are lucky enough to own a sailing boat or yacht, you will usually also need a dinghy to take passengers from the anchorage to land and back again without getting their feet wet. This requires a lift system, a platform or a garage to lower the dinghy into the water. This is precisely the market that H+B technics from Münster focuses on with its individual lift systems. And has been relying on motion plastics from plastics specialist Igus for years. Now H+B technics is also presenting its products in the virtual world - using the industrial Metaverse from Igus.

Lying at anchor in a beautiful bay, going snorkeling or doing a few laps on a jet ski: This is how many boat and yacht owners imagine a successful vacation. To safely launch or store dinghies or jet skis in the water, you need a reliable lift system or stern garage. This is exactly what H+B technics offers with its customizable systems for the boat and yacht industry.

"In order to be able to present the products to customers and interested trade fair visitors even more easily and flexibly, the company has now had some models recreated in our Iguverse," explains Marco Thull, Senior Marketing Activist at Igus. "As a digital collaboration platform in virtual reality (VR), it offers completely new possibilities for product presentation and development." With the help of VR glasses, the interested party enters a modern, maritime showroom as an avatar. In the middle of it all are digital twins of ship models with products from H+B technics.

For example, a Pearl 72 with a hydraulically lowerable bathing platform and stern garage as well as a seat integrated into the garage hatch. If you approach the ship as an avatar, the rear garage can be opened and closed with a simple click. The function of the side balcony on a Windy SR60 can also be demonstrated in this way. One click and the deck folds down at the sides, increasing the movement area on the boat.

Users can also marvel at the linear lift system for catamarans. Here, H+B technics also relies on motion plastics from Igus. The compact E4.28 and E4.21 energy chains from the proven E4 series are installed in the hydraulic cylinders of the linear lifts. They are ideally suited for installation in confined spaces and also offer a high level of stability. Thanks to the high-performance plastics used, the e-chains are not only lubrication-free and particularly durable, but also resistant to corrosion and therefore seawater.

Present products anytime and anywhere

The advantages of presenting products in the Metaverse are obvious for H+B technics: "With the iguverse, we can demonstrate our products quickly and, above all, much more flexibly," emphasizes Jan Olfenbüttel, Head of Marketing at H+B technics. "Many of our solutions cannot be shown as a real product on a trade fair stand, for example, but only as a trade fair model. In the Iguverse, we can present them much better and bring them to life up close."

H+B technics presented the 3D models in the Iguverse for the first time last November at METS Trade 2023, Europe's leading trade fair for marine equipment and technology in Amsterdam. And visitors responded very well to the offer. The company has therefore decided to present the iguverse at boot in Düsseldorf from January 20 to 28 (Hall 7A, Stand E16) instead of investing in a new trade fair model.

"A new 3D model can easily be integrated into VR for every trade fair. This allows us to show a lot more even at small trade fairs without a large stand area," says Jan Olfenbüttel. "At first I was skeptical about the idea, but I was proved wrong. We are very satisfied with the service from Igus and the collaboration was even easier and more flexible thanks to VR. Changes to the models could be implemented quickly and easily.

And once you've got to grips with the Iguverse, it's intuitive to use." In the future, the digital collaboration platform from igus will not only revolutionize product presentation, but also engineering. "We want to enable customers from all over the world to develop entire machines and systems in VR together with engineers and project managers - even faster, more efficiently and more sustainably than is currently possible," concludes Marco Thull.