AR tool is a boon to machine maintenance

Schneider Electric showed its EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor solution at several machine builders’ booths, including that of Delta Systems.

Schneider's Augmented Operator Advisor solution in action on a Delta Systems machine.
Schneider's Augmented Operator Advisor solution in action on a Delta Systems machine.

Like other Augmented Reality concepts, it provides access to a wide variety of electrical schematics, videos on part replacement, access to Bills of Materials when repairs need to be made, etc. But unlike many such AR concepts that rely on Microsoft HoloLens goggles, this one relies on a tablet to scan a 2D bar code on a portion of the machine. As soon as the code is scanned, the operator is taken immediately into the part of the machine that he or she desires. “It’s electrical schematics at your fingertips,” said Schneider’s Simone Gianotti, “rather than having to search for a manual.” Delta Systems’ Tim Engel, Software Engineer, showed how to use the AR tool on one of Delta’s Eagle flow wrappers. “This is a vision of the future and what might be possible,” said Engel, who described the Operator Advisor as potentially a huge aid in machine maintenance.

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