Industry-first offering combines augmented and virtual reality for metal casting solutions
HANNOVER, Germany, April 26, 2018 /CNW/ - AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, today announced Italpresse Gauss has embedded the company's Augmented and Virtual Reality software in its high-performance light metal casting solutions with the development of a new tool branded as AMe.¹ As a real-world application of digital twin technology, this solution will be used by Italpresse Gauss customers to perform maintenance activities with greater effectiveness. This marks a first-of-its-kind mobile offering that relies upon the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to deliver this maintenance-as-a-service offering.
"In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, it is critical to separate ourselves from the competition by providing new value for our customers," said Carlo Scalmana, President of Italpresse Gauss. "As an outcome of our digital transformation strategy, AVEVA enabled us to apply new technologies to existing processes for improved efficiency and customer satisfaction. Based on the strength of the AVEVA software platform, AMe allows maintenance technicians to address service requests faster, reduce down time and increase machine productivity."
With this service, operators can point a camera-enabled tablet to a machine part and extract augmented data and maintenance documentation to diagnose and repair faulty components or processes. The unique pairing of virtual, augmented and mixed reality enables device interoperability. For example, a tablet can be used for initial diagnostics; a virtual reality headset can then be used by a remote engineer to help guide the local service team. What results is a greatly simplified diagnostic and remedial process – an industry first.
As an existing AVEVA customer, Italpresse Gauss was already familiar with Wonderware's Monitoring and Control capabilities: in 2015 Italpresse Gauss developed the HMe, a system based on the "InTouch" platform, a powerful solution for monitoring and control of the die casting process. Access to the operations data gained with HMe has been a necessary foundation to deliver AMe.
"The Industrial IoT has unlocked new business opportunities to offer innovative services," said Maurizio Galardo, Director, AR/VR Business at AVEVA. "AVEVA's robust industrial software portfolio lets manufacturers embed key technology, which when used within an IIoT strategy, delivers new value to customers. This "digital twin" service is a competitive differentiator for Italpresse Gauss."
AVEVA is a global leader in engineering and industrial software, driving digital transformation across the entire asset and operational life cycle of capital-intensive industries.
The company's engineering, planning and operations, asset performance, and monitoring and control solutions deliver proven results to over 16,000 customers across the globe. Its customers are supported by the largest industrial software ecosystem, including 4,200 partners and 5,700 certified developers. AVEVA is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with over 4,400 employees at 80 locations in over 40 countries.
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1 On March 1, 2018, Schneider Electric's industrial software business and AVEVA have combined to create a new global leader in engineering and industrial software. Learn more here.
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