Introducing EcoStruxure augmented operator advisor

Workers operating environmental testing equipment with digital tablet in electronics factory

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, an innovative augmented reality software that superimposes real-time data and virtual objects onto electrical cabinets, machines, or other items of plant.

It provides operators and technicians immediate access to relevant information.   

The benefits of leveraging this state-of-the-art AR technology in the field or the plant include:
– Reduced downtime: operators can open the electrical cabinet doors virtually.

– Speed up operation and maintenance: technicians can find information faster, with access in the field to user manuals, instructions, diagrams, etc.
-Reduce human errors: locate the right equipment and guide operators step-by-step to complete maintenance procedures.

“When employing traditional approaches, maintenance personnel spend 50 per cent of their time during a maintenance call researching information required to fix the issue. Consequently, they devote only 50 per cent of their time actually working on the equipment,” says Neil Smith – vice president, Industry Pacific.

“EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, an augmented reality system, gives engineers access to the information they seek.”

The software uses image recognition and tracking technology in a variety of environments including:
– In front of a machine: it offers immediate access to relevant information in the field in real time.
– In front of an electrical cabinet: it can ‘open’ electrical cabinet doors virtual.
– Inside and outside an industrial site: it delivers simultaneous views of reality and data to mobile devices

Once engineered and deployed, the app can be downloaded on tablets and provide access to information like labels, process variables, SQL database, open documents, open electrical diagrams, open web pages, instructions, notes and play videos.