Novotek, a distributor for GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (NYSE: GE), announced that it has been awarded the prestigious Scanautomatic Prize for Innovation at Scanautomatic 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden in October. The announcement was made in conjunction with GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit: Making the Industrial Internet Real, being held this week in Orlando, Florida. The new innovation, which combines GE’s electronic work instructions with the Google Glass™ wearable computing device, is being demonstrated to Summit attendees in the Technology Fair.
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 to reduce errors, waste and delays. At Scanautomatic, the largest trade show for the manufacturing industry in the Nordic region, 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 with instructions presented directly in front of them, tailored to the current operation.
“By combining Proficy Workflow with Google Glass, 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. This is truly the next generation of interactive work tools.”
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