mixed reality solutions for industrial automation

Use case: documentation use in aviation maintenance

December 1st 2018permalink

During of various inspections the maintenance engineers are using instructions with a step-by-step guides. There're also a lot of manuals for the inspection process, as well as reference materials with information about the equipment (images, diagrams, drawings), instructions for assembling and disassembling engine and its components. Every action the engineer is taking should be strictly corresponded within the docs and checklists.

All of that leads to a massive amount of every day printed papers. Manuals and references book are constantly in use by technicians and also presented near by every working place.

The instant access, usability and especially search the data provided by paper based docs are extremely weak. Some of them already are the e-docs but the access still is very delayed due to distance separation of technical part and place where laptops are used.

Thus common disadvantages of paper documentation are following:

  • The hands need
  • Delayed updating and actualization of the data
  • The search of the information
  • Remoteness from the workplace

Transferring the all kind of documentation to mixed reality solves these problems as well as gives number of advantages which can be provided neither paper docs nor the standard computer based materials. Some of these advantages are revealed in following cases:

  • The occurrence of non-standard damage.
  • The spare parts order.
  • The deeper understanding of assembly and disassembly of the engine by providing multimedia sources of information.
  • Ability of instant contact with the manufacturer

Aviation maintenance is still apart of the active use of mixed reality. But there are several examples of the introduction of advanced electronic documentation in other sectors.

One of them is the BMW entrusted the quality control of the assembled cars to Google smart glasses. Employees of the concern now remain in the car and see plans and inspection instructions in their glasses. When testing a vehicle, workers should conduct 10-25 tests and document them. Previously, for this, the staff needed to move from the car to the terminal. Now, workers remain near the car and document the inspection process with smart glasses, and in the event of a defect, transmit information to competent professionals.