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Carl Software develops useful prototype for maintenance
Carl Software, of the Berger-Levrault group, has developed a product innovation that is set to revolutionise the daily lives of maintenance technicians: an augmented reality headset that facilitates maintenance work.
Augmented maintenance is currently in the research and experimentation phases. A prototype is being tested in Toulouse, as part of a partnership with IRIT (Toulouse institute for IT research).
In concrete terms, the project entails equipping maintenance technicians with an augmented reality headset to facilitate maintenance work and enhance safety. Through a connection to the Carl Touch mobile application for field technicians, users have all the information they need for maintenance work, right before their eyes.
Using 3D vision, technicians can create a veritable 'virtual workbench', anchored in the physical space where the work is to be performed: with a simple gesture, they can place the information needed for a technical operation within their field of view.
In real time, they can for instance:
- Display the 3 modelD of the machine being worked on;
- Display the list of operations to be performed and checked off;
- Produce an augmented report with full context, to avoid any transcription errors;
- Access remote assistance via Skype, sharing a live view with the hotline;
- Control data fully, to ensure faster and safer work.
The integration of the latest augmented reality technologies into Carl Software's maintenance management solutions demonstrates the technological and functional modularity of the Carl Source CMMS and the Carl Touch mobile application.
Carl Software is currently working with partners and customers to test concrete examples of field work and support, so as to speed up the innovation process and consolidate Carl Software's position as a major innovator in maintenance. The objective is to implement the technology by 2021.
10th October 2019