A number of industries and companies are turning to augmented reality (AR) headset technology to improve workflows and provide workers with information while leaving the hands free. Colgate-Palmolive has decided to work with wearables company RealWear to introduce a voice-operated HMT-1 AR headset to its workforce.
Using the new technology, Colgate-Palmolive employees will be able to troubleshoot machinery while keeping hands free to work, using voice to talk to company experts, equipment suppliers and manufacturing teams.
RealWear have created the HMT-1 headset to be a hands-free, hard-wearing head-mounted device which is suitable for use in a variety of industrial locations and industries, including oil and gas, utilities, automotive and manufacturing.
“Colgate-Palmolive tested RealWear HMT-1 through successful pilots in 8 locations and is now standardizing globally on this wearable device for our manufacturing operations,” said Warren Pruitt, VP Global Engineering at Colgate-Palmolive. “Looking ahead, we see an opportunity to use this tool beyond the plant floor for improved performance and new efficiencies.”
“Colgate-Palmolive’s global deployment signifies that industrial wearable computing has crossed the chasm into mainstream manufacturing companies,” said Andy Lowery, RealWear CEO and cofounder. “This has been a textbook example of how to move with energy and purpose, from evaluation through pilot to global deployment.”
The company is also planning to use the devices to capture and retrieve information on documents and show informational or training videos. The RealWare platform can offer service relating to remote mentoring, document navigation, internet of things (IoT) visualisation and digital workflow solutions.
It is believed that the use of this technology will reduce downtime, increase productivity and improve worker safety. The RealWear HMT-1 devices will be rolled out to mechanics and engineers across 20 of Colgate-Palmolive’s largest manufacturing facilities in 11 countries.
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