Emerson integrates AR into asset performance platform
Emerson has introduced augmented reality (AR) technology to its Plantweb Optics asset performance platform for enhanced access to real-time diagnostics and analytics, as well as live remote assistance, for industrial plant workers responsible for maintaining and optimising plant equipment.
“Successful digital transformation programs that lead to top-quartile performance have people and work practices as a key focus,” said Stuart Harris, Group President of Emerson’s Digital Transformation business. “Adopting innovative technology like augmented reality and institutionalising best practices enable workers to add more value than ever to operational and business performance.”
The company says Plantweb Optics leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning analytics and data contextualisation to provide real-time visibility into plant reliability and operational performance. Unlike standalone AR solutions that require custom engineering, AR is integrated into Plantweb Optics, providing immediate access to a wealth of data and translating into easier, less costly implementation and a faster return on investment. Plantweb Optics is intended for use by manufacturers in the life sciences, food and beverage, chemical, metals and mining, power and water, pulp and paper, and energy industries.
Augmented reality for Plantweb Optics transforms the way field technicians accomplish complex tasks through enhanced situational awareness, live remote assistance and analytics delivered in context of the plant. As a field technician walks an industrial plant with a mobile device, Plantweb Optics uses spatial computing technology to map assets and provide technicians with critical maintenance information relevant to their location. Plantweb Optics overlays real-time analytics, equipment health status and technical support documentation on their field of view, so technicians can safely resolve issues sooner.
The augmented and virtual reality market is projected to grow annually at 40% from 2017 through 2025, according to multiple research reports. Much of this spending will come from manufacturers around the globe using AR technology to help upskill their workforce for digitalised operations.
With live remote assistance, field technicians can be virtually shadowed by experts, either onsite or offsite, from Emerson, their own company or another service provider. Experts can talk, type or augment the technician’s mobile display with graphics to guide the next action. Live remote assistance enables technicians and experts to collaborate for safe troubleshooting and repairs, regardless of location and without travel costs.
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