mixed reality solutions for industrial automation

Spector platform is designed to support technicians at all stages of the overhaul process to shorten the turnaround time

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Spiral Technology develops software to power head-worn AR devices and to deliver critical intelligence to your work force. Its AR applications empower field workers with machine intelligence, computer vision, and hands-free mobility.

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Use case Aviation

Aircraft Engine Maintenance

Mixed Reality boosts the performance of the skilled personnel in aircraft maintenance uncovering untapped areas of smart cost-cutting and ensuring the highest level of accuracy during assembly and inspection.

Engine Inspection and Maintenance

problem

Technicians use sizable checklists to perform routine maintenance tasks. Some procedures require Engineering order to be printed which delays execution.

  • Following lengthy manuals is time consuming
  • Tablet or laptop require hands to navigate
  • Paper sheets need to be marked manually
solution

A knowledge management application for the mixed reality glasses can deliver contextualised intelligence to maintenance engineers.

  • Interactive voice-controlled assistant
  • Hands-free access to reference materials
  • Automated generation of reports
16time saving
85PAPERWORK REDUCTION

Junior Training

problem

It takes significant amount of time to train new engineer to perform procedures with sufficient accuracy. Regular refresher courses are still required throughout the year.

  • Many areas demand error-free execution
  • Time of the qualified instructor is limited
  • Junior engineers need to practice in a safe environment
solution

A comprehensive training program can be developed for virtually any piece of equipment or technical process and delivered via mixed reality glasses.

  • Automated training program with immersive content
  • Hands-free access to reference materials
  • Remote expert
30LOWER RISK OF EQUIPMENT DAMAGE
25DECREASE IN TRAINING TIME
40ERROR RATE REDUCTION

High Complexity Assembly

problem

There are no readily available manuals to perform a substandard task or to troubleshoot an issue.

  • Uncertainty in diagnosing an issue
  • Limited time to resolve the problem
  • Damaged unit
solution

Mixed reality glasses help less experienced technician to get real-time advice from the senior expert.

  • Remote expert
  • Interactive 3D model of the unit
  • Hands-free access to reference materials
  • Recording of video for future reference
25time saving
23ERROR RATE REDUCTION

Spare Parts Requisition

problem

All necessary spare parts are not always available in the shop.

  • Storage at multiple locations
  • Inaccurate records of stock
  • Delays in delivery
solution

A technician can request a spare part right within the interface of the mixed reality device without interrupting the maintenance procedure.

  • Real-time access to the stock records
  • Hands-free ordering of the items
25SHORTER LEAD TIME
*Performance improvement metrics are compiled from the cases studies of other Augmented Reality specialists derived from open sources

Benefits

Increased asset utilisation

Better equipped personnel are expected to perform maintenance and troubleshooting procedures faster reducing plant downtime and increasing utilisation of equipment.

Decreased repair and maintenance costs

Technicians with mixed reality superpowers are likely to commit fewer mistakes ensuring higher quality and longer lasting repairs.

Streamlined workforce training

Immersive capabilities of mixed reality help technicians to capture more information compared to the classroom training.

Increased occupational safety

Mixed reality devices facilitate supervision of the junior personnel at the mission-critical roles as well as they can provide location-based safety alerts.

Use case maritime

Mixed reality solutions for Marine Industry

Repairs, stock and orders

problem

Engineer onboard during repairs has to check the availability of spare parts on board or closest stock area from time to time.

  • The spare parts search is time-consuming;
  • The maintenance process needs to be interrupted;
  • Report sheets are marked manually;
  • Lack of knowledge of the procedure.
solution

A knowledge management application for the mixed reality glasses can deliver identification of machine replacement parts, instantly check availability of spare parts and in case of absence, order it.

  • Access to board and company warehouse;
  • Hands-free access to reference materials;
  • Automated generation of reports;
  • Remote expert

Dredging process control

problem

Depending on the vessel age and on the level of automation of the Hopper dredger, it is required a minimum of 3 crew members on bridge for control dredging and sailing operations, with close cooperation between skipper and pipe operator.

  • The human factor in communication between skipper/pipe operator;
  • Suboptimal number of crew members involved on a vessel.
solution

Mixed reality glasses will help the skipper to see all required sailing and dredging information which can potentially reduce the number of personnel on bridge to 1 person.

  • Interactive dredging 3D model;
  • Recording of video for future reference;
  • All required information in glasses is available at all times.

QHSE Trainings

problem

Training programs provided on vessel/rigs are time-consuming and in most of cases crew members/visitors tend to ignore them or not pay due attention.

  • Not informative training;
  • High volume of theory;
  • Non-productive utilization of time and effort.
solution

Comprehensive training programs can be developed for virtually any piece of equipment, technical process or working area and delivered via mixed reality glasses.

  • An automated training program with immersive content;
  • Hands-free access to reference materials;
  • Interaction between coach and trainee.

MOC (Management of Change) development, analysis and implementation

problem

Any modification (even insignificant) at the complex installations needs to be led by MOC. Nature and purpose of modification is to be explained and shared with the parties involved.

  • Difficulties to present information in digital form;
  • Delay in feedback.
solution

Video information can be exchanged in on-line mode, including verbal conversations.

  • All aspects can be discussed on the spot;
  • All related details can be explained;
  • No delay in feedback;
  • The final documentation can be produced by a third party as information becomes easy to handle.

Remote support for the electronic PLC systems

problem

Modern high-tech ships are equipped with numerous complex PLC systems, maintenance and troubleshooting of which requires specific narrow field knowledge. Often Automation Engineer on the ships is not familiar with PLC design and operation in detail.

solution
  • Qualified remote on-line support;
  • Troubleshooting in a short time;
  • Availability of the Specialist / Service Engineer of any level and qualification.
*Performance improvement metrics are compiled from the cases studies of other Augmented Reality specialists derived from open sources

Benefits

Lower error rate

This adaptation not only achieves graphical rendering, but fundamentally new capabilities such as voice and gestural control. Operators can also patch in remote subject matter experts for live „see what I see” support including spatially-precise annotations

Smarter workforce deployment

Operators can access additional virtual screens that display „layers” of facility data — be it equipment, sensors or infrastructure components.

Dynamic management oversight

Documentor enables dynamic access to materials, including equipment manuals, diagrams, technical characteristics, video guides and the history of previous work to a given equipment.

Lower error rate

This adaptation not only achieves graphical rendering, but fundamentally new capabilities such as voice and gestural control. Operators can also patch in remote subject matter experts for live „see what I see” support including spatially-precise annotations