Software : Operational Technology : Connected Worker
We believe the increasing complexity of industrial machinery, combined with retiring experts, means that experts matter more today than they ever have. We have made it our mission as a company to make everyone an expert and we accomplish this by giving them knowledge when and where they need it. We make Manifest, a platform to harness, distribute and apply what you know. Manifest gives deskless workers instant virtual access to, and step-by-step guidance from, your most experienced technicians and trainers anywhere, anytime.
Inspection procedure with Manifest® augmented reality work instruction - US Army Abrams Tank
U.S. Army Awards Taqtile Phase II Contract To Expand Work Instruction Platform For Motor Pool
The recently completed Phase 1 program enabled the Army to validate Manifest’s unique capabilities to support digital transformation of motor pool MRO. Manifest demonstrably empowered personnel to complete complex tasks more safely, more efficiently, and more accurately than was possible with outdated paper-based processes.
“The nature of service in the Army results in a high amount of turnover in its motor pools as soldiers rotate through their assignments,” said Mr. Kelly Malone, chief customer officer, Taqtile. “The expanded use of Manifest with Army personnel will clearly demonstrate that we are uniquely capable of delivering knowledge right to operators and the equipment they’re working on, helping them perform like experts.”
Our New Reality: The Rise of AR and VR
“The ability to use digital twins and simulation in AR [and] VR is gaining steam,” says Kelly Malone of Taqtile. “New technologies like 5G and edge computing enable new use cases where access to data-intensive operations is feasible in-situ using HMDs and mobiles devices. So rather than minutes or hours to see the impact of a design change, these results can be viewed in-situ within minutes or seconds to support the evaluation of more design options and iterations. Sensor information (industrial internet of things – IIoT) can also be integrated and overlaid upon the real-world or digital twin, providing an added layer of data to inform design change impacts and decision making.”
This Factory Is Using AR To Help With A Hiring Crunch
One of the challenges associated with AR has been in trying to turn a complex physical process, such as wiring a component or working a machine, into code that could run on a headset. Taqtile CEO Dirck Schou said the company’s software makes programming for AR glasses simple, and based on my conversation with Tim Lecrone and Beau Wileman of PBC, the software Taqtile developed is easy to use. Once PBC has created a module for training it pays for itself after 1.44 employees train with it according to Wileman.
The cobots help handle processes that are repetitive and free up people to take on different tasks. Given how tough it is to hire people to work in the factory, using them helps reduce the overall staffing load. But the biggest gains so far have been in training and getting employees quickly up to speed. Now PBC can hire a person and get them working on a machine in a few days as opposed to that taking up to six weeks. It also helps reduce the cost of training a cobot and staff. Wileman told me that an intern, which costs $17 an hour, can train a cobot or map out a process in less than four hours, while it might cost around $30,000 for an outside expert to manually train a cobot.