Getac specialises in enabling enterprise efficiency in rugged environments, with devices that have the capacity and bandwidth to enable and deploy the very latest technologies such as Augmented Reality. If you work in a rugged environment, such as industrial manufacturing get our latest views and insights by downloading our new white paper. Then get in touch to learn more about how Getac can make your enterprise activities more efficient.
AR sits in a continuum between everyday reality and a totally virtual world by integrating digital information into the perception of the user. It can combine the advantages of both concepts when devices such as head-mounted display, smartphone, tablet PC or workstations equipped with a camera sensor, webcam or inertial sensors (IMUs) combine with text, graphics, user interfaces, 3D renderings and video to allow for hands-free operation. We believe it could change the way you work in five important ways.
One application with enormous development potential is the maintenance and repair of machines over large distances by combining the increasing availability of networked product development and manufacturing with the Industrial Internet of Things. This application does not necessarily need head mounted displays, as robust tablet PCs or notebooks suitable for industrial use do the job well.
In a world where highly qualified service technicians are becoming a scarce commodity, suitable specialists are not always available when and where you need them. AR/MR can leverage the skills of experts working at a distance.
Machine downtime costs money. AR/MR can deliver expert diagnostics and remediation at a distance, maintaining operational efficiency throughout the production line.
AR can create an identical ‘digital twin’ of a system. Often combined with a component of VR this lets technicians ‘practice’ on the twin to resolve issues before getting to work on the real problem.
AR/MR allows experts to virtually experience the problem ‘over the shoulder’, seeing the challenge through the technician’s eyes. This allows specialist and technician to work together to resolve problems, minimize errors and improve operational efficiency.
AR/MR solutions help to save time and costs in industrial applications. Yet the comprehensive use of mobile AR applications can still be constrained by a range of IT issues.
The first is the processing power, graphics performance and the battery capacity of mobile devices and outdated network architectures. Computers must provide users with information in real-time. With the involvement of several participants, the same content often needs to be held ready at the same time.
The second is the robustness of the kit. No matter how sophisticated your application, it can only add value if your hardware is fit for purpose. Manufacturing is a natively rugged environment; therefore, the hardware has not only to be able to run the software but to ‘keep the AR running’.
The third is the portability of kit. When machines or production lines go down the problem is rarely well located. To more rapidly deliver the benefits of AR/MR, the technician requires a device portable enough to get into awkward places and rugged enough to resist knocks and falls. Powered by Intel technologies, Getac’s new UX10 has been specially created to deliver robust and portable computing power exactly where needed.