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Reshaping How Workforces Repair and Maintain Equipment with Augmented Reality


Oct 05, 2021

Learn how AR-enabled industrial wearables are helping create safer, more productive and efficient for field service and construction workforces

A new study reported that by 2030 there will be a global talent shortage roughly equivalent to the population of Germany, resulting in over $8.3T in unrealized revenue. Organizations are already reporting significant workforce shortages, contributing to knowledge loss, reduced efficiency and lost revenue.  For industrial workforces, the worker shortage is a more acute and immediate concern.  

As heavy equipment becomes increasingly complex, organizations require specialized knowledge and skillset to support equipment repair and maintenance activities.  These skills and knowledge often take significant time to learn and develop. AR-enabled industrial wearables can help workers access the right expertise, tools and knowledge at the right time with simple voice commands. With this technology, organizations can enable remote inspections, repairs and maintenance from anywhere in the world. In addition to remote collaboration capabilities, advanced AR solutions offer organizations the ability to record and share critical data operators use to make real-time decisions and get new workers up to speed quickly, effectively, and safely. 

With the vision to empower workers anywhere, any time and in any environment, Librestream, RealWear, the leading provider of assisted reality devices for frontline industrial workers, and National Oilwell Varco (NOV), the world’s leading independent equipment and technology provider to the energy industry, introduced TrackerVision 

TrackerVision is a custom application designed to help field service, construction, and other industries inspect, repair, and utilize heavy equipment assets. With this hands-free solution, powered by Librestream’s Onsight and running on RealWear HMT-1 devices, NOV’s global aftermarket organization can support customers across multiple languages and geographies using interactive schematics and drawings to deliver immediate support.  

Through their custom application, NOV can offer 24/7 service to their customers without increasing downtime due to travel or pandemic-related government regulations. TrackerVision has helped organizations save anywhere from 4 to 8 days of travel, plus expenses through remote Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT’s). From real-time inspections of marine resources in port to troubleshooting a piece of equipment on an offshore exploration rig in the remote waters off Australia, TrackerVision has ensured that NOV’s customers can maintain uptime and operations continue as intended.  

Workforce shortages, knowledge loss, and rugged working environments in construction, field service, and heavy equipment industries make immersive technology solutions a prime fit to transform these sectors’ work.  

For NOV’s global customer base, TrackerVision’s value goes beyond cost and time savings. You can learn more about this joint application on October 6 at the 8th annual Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit (EWTS).  NOV, Librestream, and RealWear will share in-depth insight into the adoption and use of TrackerVision, benefits achieved, and provide best practices to other companies when considering and implementing remote collaboration solutions. Learn more about the presentation and register here 


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