Schneider Electric’s new EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor is a software that brings together real-life objects with virtual objects to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve proactive maintenance. Continue reading to learn more about the software and the many benefits it will bring to operators.
The software combines information for mobile users through an intuitive tablet interface that superimposes real-time data and virtual objects onto machines, which allows operators to have immediate access to relevant machine and process information. A few of the major benefits include reduced downtime, faster operation, and less human error.
Augmented Operator Advisor reduces downtime by allowing operators to virtually open electrical cabinet doors to troubleshoot with machine components without shutting down operations. Operators can also find information very quickly with real-time data, resulting in faster operation and maintenance. Lastly, the software locates the right equipment and guides operators through complete maintenance procedures, which will reduce human errors.
Simone Gianotti, EcoStruxure Industry business development manager at Schneider Electric, explains that engineers who maintain control panels and machines often spend a majority of their time searching for technical data in assorted software, databases, activity logs, or old-fashioned filing cabinets. However, with EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, engineers gain instant access to the information they need, meaning they can speed up operations, improve proactive maintenance and reduce human errors commonly associated with traditional maintenance procedures.
Industrial Augmented Reality for Various Industries
EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor’s interface grants operators access to information for operations and maintenance, including machine history and more. It also allows operators to diagnose issues without getting lockout and provides the opportunity for safe and speedy detection of abnormalities and access to key performance indicators.
Augmented Operator Advisor can be used for various industries, including infrastructure, minerals and metals, food and beverage, water and wastewater, and more. In fact, the software can be adapted for any industrial domain. The experts at Schneider Electric also collaborate with customers to identify individual requirements and develop augmented-reality applications for their specific applications and needs to customize the Augmented Operator Advisor.
The plug-and-play architecture is available on iOS tablets, but Android and Windows versions are currently in progress. The architecture utilizes a Windows-based PC as the server platform, which receives the data to share with the tablet from multiple sources. A few of these sources include programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Structured Query Language (SQL) databases, and OPC Unified Architecture (UA) servers. Another great benefit is that the Augmented Operator Advisor software is compatible with servers and components from any vendor to ensure flexible integration into any existing system.
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