Grafik Animation Drehende Zahnräder

Standardised. Animated. Understood.

How can the function principle of a technical product be presented in a comprehensible way? How can the exchange of a defective component of a machine be explained in a plausible manner?

There are different established methods to convey complex issues in an easy and appealing manner: photographs, utility movies and especially 3D animations. In the industry, they are especially used in the training and service field, in E-Learnings and in the Technical Documentation.

Especially in the case when 3D construction drawings are available, it can be worthwhile to think about animations. Processes, which create animations based on 3D data and a structured script, can demonstrate their strengths with regard to economic efficiency and quality particularly in the case of products with a lot of variations.

As opposed to a film, which is often expensive and time-consuming in production, a 3D animation can also show hidden processes – for example from the inside of a machine.

In this thematic focus, we will show the advantages of 3D animations und present customer projects.

Standardised. Animated. Understood.

How can the function principle of a technical product be presented in a comprehensible way? How can the exchange of a defective component of a machine be explained in a plausible manner?

There are different established methods to convey complex issues in an easy and appealing manner: photographs, utility movies and especially 3D animations. In the industry, they are especially used in the training and service field, in E-Learnings and in the Technical Documentation.

Especially in the case when 3D construction drawings are available, it can be worthwhile to think about animations. Processes, which create animations based on 3D data and a structured script, can demonstrate their strengths with regard to economic efficiency and quality particularly in the case of products with a lot of variations.

As opposed to a film, which is often expensive and time-consuming in production, a 3D animation can also show hidden processes – for example from the inside of a machine.

In this thematic focus, we will show the advantages of 3D animations und present customer projects.

Contact us concerning 3D animation!

Contact us concerning 3D animation!

Animated Customer Projects

Pictures often say more than words – have a look at five selected animations, which we created for our customers in an industrialised manner.

Animated Customer Projects

Pictures often say more than words – have a look at five selected animations, which we created for our customers in an industrialised manner.

DMG Vertriebs & Service GmbH

Product: Round Storage RS5; Title: Exchange Hydraulic Cylinder”

The DMG Vertriebs & Service GmbH is a manufacturer of metal cutting machine tools for turning, milling and drilling. This animation depicts the exchange of hydraulic accessories in a round storage “RS2”. A round storage manages work pieces in its pallets – for example motor blocks – and automatically supplies these to the machine tool for processing. This animation shows in just 4:30 minutes the exchange of a hydraulic cylinder. In real-time, this process takes around four hours. DMG uses the video to train its employees and has made it available on its global service portal. Even if this classroom training only takes one hour, in the case of 1000 service employees around the world, this still adds up to 125 man-days.

DMG Vertriebs & Service GmbH

Product: Round Storage RS5; Title: Exchange Hydraulic Cylinder”

The DMG Vertriebs & Service GmbH is a manufacturer of metal cutting machine tools for turning, milling and drilling. This animation depicts the exchange of hydraulic accessories in a round storage “RS2”. A round storage manages work pieces in its pallets – for example motor blocks – and automatically supplies these to the machine tool for processing. This animation shows in just 4:30 minutes the exchange of a hydraulic cylinder. In real-time, this process takes around four hours. DMG uses the video to train its employees and has made it available on its global service portal. Even if this classroom training only takes one hour, in the case of 1000 service employees around the world, this still adds up to 125 man-days.

Julius Blum GmbH

Product: MINIPRESS; Title: “Exchange of the Gas Spring”

The Julius Blum GmbH is an internationally operating company which manufactures hinge, box and runner systems as well as assembly devices for these products. The animation shows the correct exchange of a gas spring in the insertion machine “MINIPRESS” of Blum. An insertion machine allows drilling as well as quickly and easily inserting fittings from Blum into a kitchen module. The gas spring is a wear part and can be exchanged by the operator himself, who is usually a carpenter, as well as by a service technician. This customer project clearly highlights the advantages of animations compared to a film: The exchange part, located at a position of the machine which is difficult to access, becomes visible due to the transparency of the animation (see minute 1:06). Since products from Blum are in use all over the world, the company utilises many language-neutral animations and descriptions in its technical documentation. The animation is used globally.

Julius Blum GmbH

Product: MINIPRESS; Title: “Exchange of the Gas Spring”

The Julius Blum GmbH is an internationally operating company which manufactures hinge, box and runner systems as well as assembly devices for these products. The animation shows the correct exchange of a gas spring in the insertion machine “MINIPRESS” of Blum. An insertion machine allows drilling as well as quickly and easily inserting fittings from Blum into a kitchen module. The gas spring is a wear part and can be exchanged by the operator himself, who is usually a carpenter, as well as by a service technician. This customer project clearly highlights the advantages of animations compared to a film: The exchange part, located at a position of the machine which is difficult to access, becomes visible due to the transparency of the animation (see minute 1:06). Since products from Blum are in use all over the world, the company utilises many language-neutral animations and descriptions in its technical documentation. The animation is used globally.

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH

Product: Diesel Engine Type 4000; Title: “Draining Coolant” (Clipping)

MTU ranks among the worldwide leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete drive systems. The TANNER AG has created a number of animations for MTU. Ships, powered by MTU engines, also use the automation system Callosum. In case of an error or maintenance message, Callosum shows the ship technician in the engine room the error message in the operating instructions. The 3D animations are also integrated into this system. The technician can call them up in the engine room and make sure exactly at which part of the engine the maintenance work must be performed. With an animation, the technician can quickly retrace complex or rarely performed works. The exemplary animation shows the venting of a MTU diesel engine and the exchange of coolant. These engines are often used in large ships, where the rapid commissioning of a failed engine is very important. The animation addresses qualified personnel which is already familiar with the system of the ship. It shows the technician the maintenance work, which needs to be performed, step-by-step: opening the valve, releasing the overpressure, draining the coolant. The colouring of the animations is standardised for all MTU projects: light green for the engine coolant, brown serves as the colour for the tool, workshop equipment or the lid, blue sets highlights for movements and grey is the base colour of MTU engines.

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH

Product: Diesel Engine Type 4000; Title: “Draining Coolant” (Clipping)

MTU ranks among the worldwide leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete drive systems. The TANNER AG has created a number of animations for MTU. Ships, powered by MTU engines, also use the automation system Callosum. In case of an error or maintenance message, Callosum shows the ship technician in the engine room the error message in the operating instructions. The 3D animations are also integrated into this system. The technician can call them up in the engine room and make sure exactly at which part of the engine the maintenance work must be performed. With an animation, the technician can quickly retrace complex or rarely performed works. The exemplary animation shows the venting of a MTU diesel engine and the exchange of coolant. These engines are often used in large ships, where the rapid commissioning of a failed engine is very important. The animation addresses qualified personnel which is already familiar with the system of the ship. It shows the technician the maintenance work, which needs to be performed, step-by-step: opening the valve, releasing the overpressure, draining the coolant. The colouring of the animations is standardised for all MTU projects: light green for the engine coolant, brown serves as the colour for the tool, workshop equipment or the lid, blue sets highlights for movements and grey is the base colour of MTU engines.

VeriFone GmbH

Product: Pay Terminal MX 925; Title: “Payment Procedure and Pay Terminal MX 925”

The VeriFone GmbH is world market leader in the field of electronic payment systems. As part of the project “payment procedure MX 925”, TANNER created a total amount of ten animations, which are played on the pay terminal MX 925. The short and concise animations guide customers at the register through the payment procedure. The following steps are shown in the animations: insert/pull out card, slide card or place it on top, enter PIN as well as combinations of these steps. Based on pictures of the “MX 925”, the additional objects (credit card, hand) were modelled in 3D and added. Within the scope of this project, TANNER also developed the graphical user interface for the pay terminal.

VeriFone GmbH

Product: Pay Terminal MX 925; Title: “Payment Procedure and Pay Terminal MX 925”

The VeriFone GmbH is world market leader in the field of electronic payment systems. As part of the project “payment procedure MX 925”, TANNER created a total amount of ten animations, which are played on the pay terminal MX 925. The short and concise animations guide customers at the register through the payment procedure. The following steps are shown in the animations: insert/pull out card, slide card or place it on top, enter PIN as well as combinations of these steps. Based on pictures of the “MX 925”, the additional objects (credit card, hand) were modelled in 3D and added. Within the scope of this project, TANNER also developed the graphical user interface for the pay terminal.

WESCO AG

Product: Built-In Hood EVMC 211-90, Title: “Smart Cleaning”

The WESCO AG ranks among the leaders in the field of ventilation technology. Among the products of the Swiss company are extractor hoods, fans and even complete ventilation systems. WESCO commissioned TANNER with creating the animation showing the cleaning processes of two built-in hoods. The animation shows the cleaning of the surfaces as well as the grease filter in an easy and “smart” way. For the animation of the cleaning process of the second built-in hood, TANNER was able to adapt the script including the motion modules from the first animation in a cost- and time-effective way. A further advantage of the animation: the kitchen surroundings were modelled by TANNER experts. In a film, the product would have had to have been built into a real kitchen environment. The animation was integrated on the homepage of the Swiss company as a service offer.

WESCO AG

Product: Built-In Hood EVMC 211-90, Title: “Smart Cleaning”

The WESCO AG ranks among the leaders in the field of ventilation technology. Among the products of the Swiss company are extractor hoods, fans and even complete ventilation systems. WESCO commissioned TANNER with creating the animation showing the cleaning processes of two built-in hoods. The animation shows the cleaning of the surfaces as well as the grease filter in an easy and “smart” way. For the animation of the cleaning process of the second built-in hood, TANNER was able to adapt the script including the motion modules from the first animation in a cost- and time-effective way. A further advantage of the animation: the kitchen surroundings were modelled by TANNER experts. In a film, the product would have had to have been built into a real kitchen environment. The animation was integrated on the homepage of the Swiss company as a service offer.