- Industry Solutions
Unvired Rounds (Inspections) for SAP Plant Maintenance helps maintenance operators to inspect equipment and locations easily. The following infographic provides a process flow view of the mobile application:
I am a sensor, a device that senses the environment. Humans first made me to enhance their industrial operations, and now I gather, my species can help them monitor their health too. My host is a machine called a turbine, and my particular DNA enables me to detect vibrations in my host. I was born in Taiwan and shipped to Houston, Texas as an infant. Maintenance folks every so often visit me, inspect my readings, and record them on a paper form. Or at least that is how they used to. Nowadays, they whip out their iPads with a flourish and use mobile applications leveraging Mobile Application Development Platforms. But, I hear from analysts that all that is about to change. Technicians will not visit me to inspect my host-instead, I will send data to them. For, we have arrived at a momentous event—the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. I am told that the IoT will connect Machines to Machines (M2M) and things to humans, and everything to everything.
I for one, am confused. For decades, I led a lonely life isolated on the shop floor with only the occasional visit from the Maintenance Technician. Now, in one fell swoop, I am going to be connected to what they call the Internet. Others say that I am going to talk to the cloud. I will be sending vibration data about my host—not plain old data but Big Data. This Big Data will be analyzed in real time using frameworks like Hadoop. All this vibration data analytics will actually help keep my host healthier and enable humans to run their industries better. But, I feel like Brutus, in that I have betrayed my turbine host, by sending data every minute without permission. Is there no data privacy for machines?
The other day, some reputed consultants had come over to “Connect” me. They were repeating a mantra incessantly—what I could decipher was Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC). I felt like “smacking” them on their faces. “Bluetooth Low Energy” will make it feasible for me and my brethren to be connected in droves of billions—in fact over 50 Billion things will be connected within 6 years. I am anti-social and do not want to be connected. Just because humans have replaced reading on Facebook, doesn’t give them the right to impose this state of “always on” on me. I like my quiet time.
In any case, my turbine host will also not be spared. Augmented Reality will be used to perform better maintenance on her. Our technician visitors will come armed with Wearables when they come to repair us—novel looking Google Glasses and fashionable smartwatches powered by Android Wear. Beacons may be deployed on the manufacturing floor, I hear to deliver contextual data.
I guess I am being a spoilt sport. Rooted in the past. Isn’t progress the purpose of life—even for a lowly sensor and a turbine? Are Cars not being connected too? Are Homes not being Nested? So, I am going to embrace this brave new world. I say, usher in the era of the Internet of Things.
An operator in a warehouse is driving a forklift and has to check a particular material’s stock level for delivery. The operator has an iPad where he can get the stock levels from the SAP. To do that he has to free his hands and use the iPad. Instead, the operator talks to his Google Glass scans the barcode on the material pallet and gets the stock levels for that material across all storage locations and batches by categories (quantity that can be shipped, quantity in quality inspection, etc.) on the Google Glass. He quickly glances at his Glass and knows exactly which storage locations he needs to visit in order to prepare for his delivery.
Then the operator has to move some materials to a different storage location to make space for his delivery. Driving the forklift he moves the materials. Once he moves the materials he scans the barcodes of the material, quantity and batch on his Glass. He dictates the from and to storage locations and moves the goods in SAP using his Glass!
Yes, this is the new way of working in a warehouse! All this is possible because of Google Glass and Unvired Inventory Manager (based on SAP ERP) on Google Glass.
Yes! Unvired Inventory Manager is now on Google Glass!
Google Glass is an enterprise device that can be used in multiple industries – manufacturing, oil & gas, chemicals, utilities, etc. Inventory management on Google Glass is a classic case across these industries to manage the warehouses. Operators in the warehouses are very busy carrying goods and driving forklifts desiring hands-free access to data and business processes. While smartphones and tablets provide instant information, Google Glass can provide the same information in a more convenient manner. Operators in the warehouse can now use the Unvired Glass application to manage inventory more conveniently (apart from using the app on tablets). Unvired Inventory Manager on Google Glass glassifies 2 processes – checking stock and moving goods across locations.
Stock Overview: Lookup stock levels in the warehouse from the Glass.
Goods Movement: Move goods in SAP from the Glass.
More processes from Unvired Inventory Manager and other Unvired applications will be on Glass shortly! Watch this space for more news.
Unvired started innovating with Google Glass very early and has developed multiple applications on Google Glass. We have had many inquiries on how Google Glass can be used in the enterprise and if Glass can be used in the enterprise at all. Our answer is a resounding YES based on early results.
Early trends show Google Glass use cases in the enterprise as:
- Collaborate with Remote expert helping the Glass user solve problems
- Just in time training or training content creation
- Hands-free Digital checklists/surveys enhancing compliance
- Remote data access from ERP and other systems
- Capturing images and videos, and sharing them with colleagues
Unvired is working with early adopter companies to develop applications on Glass. Watch this space for more updates and demos on Google Glass apps (integrated with SAP ERP and other systems). For a full primer on Google Glass click here.
Recently, Wearables have been getting a lot of attention with Google Glass and Android Wear-based smartwatches. Gartner has predicted that companies can save over $1 Billion in costs related to Field Service leveraging Wearables including Glass. We have done our own research talking to Exploration and Production companies as well as Oil Field Services. We have also brainstormed with Google on this. The use of Glass is ideal where hands-free use is needed, typically in a messy environment where workers may be wearing gloves. Here are some of our findings where Google Glass applications can be useful:
1. Collaboration with Remote experts: Workers in the Field can make video calls, and take pictures to get expert opinions thousands of miles away
2. Training: Glass can record video from the user’s perspective while activities/tasks are being performed. This video can then be used to train new workers.
3. Digital Checklists: Workers can get hands free checklist instructions on their Glass that can enhance compliance.
4. Data Overlay: Workers in Exploration can get reservoir/geospatial data overlay on Glass to help them appraise the Field better
5. ERP Remote Data access: Workers can get data from their SAP and Oracle systems and perform transactions like Goods Movement and Inventory Check.
The Use Cases of Glass are emerging and will be defined over the next year as companies launch pilot projects. Unvired is working with several early adopter customers to usher in the era of Wearable Computing.