Typical maintenance and inspections are often still conducted with clipboards or complete file folders. However, digitization is increasing: Checklists and reference images are moving to the smartphone or tablet.
The augmented reality software Inspect AR for industry and companies goes one step further. The AR app makes inspection processes easier, more intuitive, and more efficient. The HoloLens is also especially practical because the user has both hands free and therefore has much more freedom of movement.
With the HoloLens 2 and Inspect AR, inspection processes become more efficient. IMAGE: Netcetera / Microsoft
Inspect AR can be used for system and vehicle inspections, incoming and outgoing goods inspections, quality assurance, safety inspections, and installation support. The app is also well suited for training new employees.
If a new test sequence has been created – also via the app – every individual work step is accompanied by navigation to the test points. This ranges from distance displays and arrows that digitally guide the inspector to their respective destination through to complete process controls for each individual operation in an easy-to-use graphical user interface.
Each test process is divided into checkpoints that must be processed in sequence. This ensures that employees never leave out any steps. If a checkpoint is skipped by request, the software records this decision.
The status of test objects can be checked directly at the respective checkpoints using target images. If something is wrong, help can be obtained via remote maintenance. Support can gain access to the HoloLens 2 camera, review the problem from the user’s perspective, and give instructions on how to rectify it, as necessary.
Checkpoints of a test sequence are divided into work steps that have to be completed and acknowledged. Here a view of the backend. Among other things, data and evaluations are shown in the backend. IMAGE: Netcetera
Images and videos of the test object or damaged components, for example, can be recorded and documented directly using the Inspect AR app and the HoloLens 2. They then become available to other employees who are responsible for repairs, for example.
The advantages of doing inspections with Inspect AR and the HoloLens 2 are obvious: Inspection tasks are much easier to transfer to other employees who no longer require a long introduction. This means that the employee is guided precisely to the individual checkpoints and, thanks to AR technology, can simultaneously document and make changes to the real object as necessary.