An innovation combining GE’s electronic work instructions software with the Google Glass wearable computing device was awarded the Scanautomatic Prize for Innovation at Scanautomatic 2014, Nordic region’s largest manufacturing trade exposition, held in Gothenburg, Sweden in October. Novotek, an integrator of IT and automation systems serving the Nordics and Benelux countries, as well as the largest European distributor of GE Intelligent Platforms products, received the award.
As a work process management solution, GE’s Proficy Workflow software provides users with interactive, step-by-step task instructions and captures process, traceability and quality data across systems. At Scanautomatic, Novotek combined Workflow with Google Glass for hands-free, expert guidance through process steps. Visitors could try the innovation by building a Lego car, with all of the instructions displayed in the Google Glass glasses. They could keep both hands available to complete task steps while instructions were presented directly in front of them, tailored to the current operation.
“This innovative solution from Novotek allows operators to get to a new level of ease-of-use and expertise that can be extended to industrial applications,” said Matthew Wells, general manager of automation software for GE’s Intelligent Platforms business. “By getting the work instructions directly on Google Glass glasses, the user always has the right information at the right time, and can perform operations with the support of electronic work instructions, helping to ensure that every process step is completed correctly, with automatic tracking and analysis for improvement.”
The announcement of the award was made in conjunction with GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit, held in Orlando, Florida.