Wearable Devices

Expand your human potential with wearable technology

Wearable Devices

Expand your human potential with wearable technology

Wearable Devices


Any modern business striving for success will be aware of the need to analyse its goals and the resources available to achieve them. By doing this, it becomes possible to identify the aspects which require improvement and discover any solutions that could provide the answer to these limitations.

One of the most common concerns for employers is staff efficiency, and the time needed to complete a task – whether that task be a small, seemingly insignificant activity, from completing a project design, to fixing an urgent machine failure. One thing is for certain; the more time you spend on a task, and the less efficient your employees are, and the higher your costs will be.

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Wearable Devices

Wearable Devices

A new world of information - right in front or your eyes

You can use wearable technology to your advantage. Whether your concerns include high staff training costs, limited options for tracking work productivity, difficulty in finding skilled industrial workers, long downtimes, or inefficiencies amongst your employees, wearable devices will help your team achieve tangible improvements. 


AIRe Lens smart glasses and other wearable devices and technologies let employees positioned around the world share their knowledge immediately, they don’t need to type a description of the problem, or risk mis-communication when doing so, as real-time vision and sound allow colleagues in different continents exchange information quickly, ensuring they are on the same page when sharing ideas, documentation and insights. Activate your employees’ creativity by letting them communicate and visualise their ideas – simultaneously reducing downtime and maintenance costs. 


Your business requires well-trained personnel if you want to continuously develop and improve. Providing real-time training sessions using wearables allows you resolve any shortages of well-trained and experienced specialists, and cut down the cost of training. Remote working is no longer an obstacle, as staff can attend training sessions regardless of their location and have the ability to share and communicate with other participants in the sessions. 


This enables professionals to do far more than before, by creating and managing content and enhancing digital information processing, whilst also changing the way those professionals perceive their workplace by helping them achieve their goals in an efficient and intuitive way.

Higher standard of quality control

Higher standard of quality control

Less room for human error

Less room for human error

Reduced downtime

Reduced downtime

Real-time sharing

Real-time sharing

Better training environment

Better training environment

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If you think you might be interested in developing AR technology at your company, and would like to know more about its use in your environment, contact us today! A specialised team of our technical personnel will be happy to listen to your concerns, requirements and ideas, and help you to choose the solution best tailored to your company’s needs.

Success story

Reaching new levels of process efficiency in quality assurance with Konica Minolta’s AIRe Lens

Reaching new levels of process efficiency in quality assurance with Konica Minolta’s AIRe Lens

The Siemens plant in Mülheim, Germany, is known as the world’s most advanced location for the design and production of gas turbines, steam turbines and generators for power plants. In order to ensure more sustainable product development, the focus is always on improving energy efficiency, reducing raw material consumption and CO2 emissions. The customers range from energy suppliers to international power plant projects. Since 2017, Mülheim has also been the service location for the business with generators as well as gas and steam turbines. Siemens sees this location as spearhead for the application of new production technologies. In order to test new augmented reality solutions in its quality assurance processes, they chose Konica Minolta as the partner to pilot appropriate wearables technology.



The dawn of augmented reality in industrial environments


The Siemens production site in Mülheim, Germany, is the company’s most advanced location for the manufacturing of industrial turbine machinery. Consequently, Siemens is driving both product as well as process innovation at this site, exploring the possibilities Industry 4.0 solutions have to offer. To digitalise previously manual processes, augmented reality (AR) devices and other wearables are at the top of the list, as they can support the workers in their daily procedures and help them perfect their craft. A dedicated team of experts was set in place at Siemens to seek out and evaluate the potential tools and technology that can fulfil these high expectations.


As Konica Minolta’s AIRe Lens is specifically designed for applications in industrial environments, it was quickly singled out as a suitable solution for a pilot phase. Crafted to meet the highest industry requirements, it has a battery life that lasts seven hours and, if a change is needed, is hot swappable. It is optimised to ensure operator safety, as it has a more than 70 % transparency to ensure it does not block the user’s view and can be combined with other safety gear. It projects an image equivalent to a 42-inch screen with Full HD resolution virtually placed 2.5 metres in front of the worker, displaying all information they need to perform their tasks. With a weight of the head-mounted display (HMD) of just 35 grams, the product is very light and can be worn for a whole work shift.


The AIRe Lens had previously been tested successfully in a pilot project for step-by-step guidance in complex assembly processes at the Siemens site in Brno. The very positive results were so striking that the dedicated Siemens project team from Germany evaluated other use cases where this unique solution from Konica Minolta can help to support employees with their tasks at the Mülheim location. Together with the Konica Minolta experts from the European Business Innovation Centre (BIC), a further very promising application field was identified: the complex measurement process needed in quality assurance. To test the application, a one-month pilot phase was set up in which 20 workers were equipped with the AIRe Lens solution.


Quality assessment empowered by augmented reality


The measurement process of various sorts of turbines is currently very labour-intensive and time-consuming. It needs be executed by a team of two, with one worker measuring the workpiece and the other worker noting the up to 1,800 measurement values in a written protocol. In a further step, the data is digitalised by the quality assurance team.


Using the AIRe Lens for guidance and visualisation, as well as a numeric keypad for entering the values, the worker measuring the turbines can directly digitalise the values themselves – while maintaining full movement abilities. This mobility is crucial, as some spots for measurement are quite hard to reach. The AIRe Lens shows the recorded values in real time so the worker can double check the validity on the spot. This way, the quality assurance measurements can be conducted significantly faster, while maintaining the highest level of reliability and control.


Highest level of usability for an ideal application


“It was especially striking to us that the workers were able to work with the AIRe lens without having to adjust their routines. The operators in the test said they could very well imagine working with this solution in the future.


The device can be worn together with prescription glasses as well as all the necessary safety gear such as safety glasses, helmet or safety harness – without hindering any workflows. The possibilities we have with this solution look very promising as the measurement process can be streamlined in a very productive way,” explains Julian Melsbach, Project Lead implementation of smart glasses at Siemens in Mülheim. Every
worker can now perform the measurement process by themselves which is why the team of two can significantly lower the time they need for one turbine.


“While we are still in the stage of testing the new use case, we clearly see the value of both the solution as well as the close collaboration and communication with the Konica Minolta expert team for digital manufacturing technology from the European BIC. We are impressed by the flexibility of this technology. And we highly appreciate Konica Minolta’s approach to thoroughly analysing and understanding our internal company processes and environment in order to truly tailor their solution to our needs. We are looking forward to developing this process
even further,” Melsbach concludes.

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The AIRe Lens is a highly promising solution for supporting us in the detailed measurement process of our quality assurance. The feedback from the operators testing it was very positive, not only with regard to the mobility and light weight of this solution, but also concerning the unhindered vision compared to other smart glasses solutions, thanks to the high transparency and position of the lens. Therefore, the device can be very well integrated into employees’ PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), which is why there is no impairment of occupational safety.

Julian Melsbach

Project Lead implementation of smart glasses Siemens AG, Mülheim

Challenge

Challenge
  • Utilise wearable digital technology in production to support workers in
    their daily tasks 
  • Increase quality standards and reduce possibilities for errors
  • Expand productivity and efficiency in production
  • Support workers in difficult quality management processes

Solution

Solution
  • Konica Minolta’s AIRe Lens to introduce digital augmented reality technology into the daily processes of quality management in order to take advantage of Industry 4.0 technology

Advantages

Advantages
  • Speeding up processes while maintaining the highest level of reliability
  • Ensuring highest product quality for customers
  • Driving competitive advantage in manufacturing processes

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Interested in discovering how using wearable technology can make information visible for your organisation? Contact our team of experts today. Together, we can find the right solution for your needs.

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