How Augmented Reality Can Help The Water Segment During This Time of Change

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Working conditions around the world are changing. Those who used to work in the office or in the field may now be working from home, wherein access to sites may be very limited. For this new employment landscape to work, it is critical to empower the workforce do their jobs well. One way to do so is to give them access to information they need, when they need it.

For those working in the water industry, connected technologies are now available. These allow workers to access machines and processes as if they were standing in front of them. For example, operators can access connected machinery and see fault information via their computer or smartphone to ensure everything is running smoothly. Maintenance workers can schedule predictive maintenance to be completed before a breakdown occurs (or delay if a service is not required immediately). And those looking for efficiencies or new ways of doing things can have access to all the data they need to make sure they implement improvements which have a real impact. All these remote working capabilities require a digital transformation mindset, and with the current rate of change, an accelerated digital transformation strategy is key.

One of the best pieces of technology is Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor. The software helps those in the water industry continue to do their job well and create empowerment. Using augmented reality, puts real-time information into users’ hands, enabling them to superimpose current data and virtual components onto an electrical cabinet, machine or plant. This reduces downtime and allows users to diagnose device status instantly without the need for physical access.

EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor

reduces human error by enabling technicians to locate the right equipment quickly and guiding them step-by-step to complete the required procedure. The software can also reduce face-to-face contact between employees—training that was previously carried out by senior staff could be replaced with an augmented reality digital guide. There is even an “over-the- shoulder” function wherein an experienced technician can see the viewpoint of a field technician and guide them through a fault-finding exercise.

In these current times, we need businesses and workplaces to be resilient to ongoing changes—anticipating operators’ needs. Schneider Electric’s digitisation and connectivity bring data from machines and plant to the fore, giving users access to information that can help them stay on top of issues and be successful, even during these challenging times.

For more information about Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure solution, digital transformations and workforce empowerment, speak with your Schneider Electric Sales Representative.

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