Growing complexity in assembly and maintenance of military assets combined with a shortage of skilled engineers is expected to drive the market for virtual reality/augmented reality products.
A report from Digi-Capital predicts that the market for virtual and augmented reality will be worth $120 billion by 2020.
According to Graham Grose, Vice President and Industry Director at the Aviation & Defense Business Unit at IFS, using remote guidance via a wearable or mobile device, engineer skills can be ‘augmented’ as more qualified technicians provide expertise from any location in the world. Virtual reality simulation can even speed the training process itself.
At the 2016 MRO Europe conference in Amsterdam, ICF International vice-president Jonathan Berger predicted virtual reality could shave one or two years off traditional maintenance engineer training programs.
When these AR and VR technologies are integrated with a supporting enterprise asset management or MRO solution, the maintenance operator can quickly report and complete repair jobs – getting mission-critical equipment back up and running as soon as possible, Grose says.
A one-to- many delivery of expertise from a central hub to remotely deployed engineers has the potential to drastically reduce training times, improve maintenance efficiency and bring huge cost savings.
XMReality, a Swedish firm, has been working on remote guidance in the field, enabling junior engineers involved in a repair to instantly contact experts back at base. The company has designed an augmented reality solution for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) because of the increased efficiency the technology offered organizations in other industries.
Using remote guidance, a support technician can see the asset in real-time and guide the engineer through every step of the repair with augmented hands and tools – all without having to leave base.
With augmented reality maximizing engineer efficiency, defense forces will no longer have to watch the gap when it comes to maintenance resource shortage, Grose added.
Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC) has selected IFS Applications to support engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) at MEPCs facility in Saudi Arabia. IFS Application will help managing key operations such as MRO, finance, supply chain, document management, HR, and payroll at the facility which services aircraft engines for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), the companies announced in a joint statement Monday
IFS presented a drone technology integrated with IFS Applications at the IFS World Conference 2016 held last month in Gothenburg, Sweden. The drone proof-of-concept features live integration between the drone and IFS Applications for automatic generation of work orders when inspecting assets
Enterprise applications company, IFS today announced a new software tool for the civil aviation industry for flight planning and maintenance. Called the IFS Tail Planning, Optimization & Assignment, the tool maximizes aircraft allocation efficiency, supports aircraft planning and optimally schedules maintenance events, a company statement said
Swedish software firm, IFS has provided its Applications 9 and IFS Managed Cloud solutions to support Affinity Flying Training Services which earlier this year won a contract to provide fixed wing flight training services to the UK MoD. The IFS software solution will go into the wider 1
BAE Systems has received a $245 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the gun system, the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Under the contract, the Company will manufacture three MIFS Integrated Gunnery Systems (IGS) and one trainer system for the UK Royal Navy
Saab will leverage the layered application architecture of IFS Applications 9 to enable more efficient applications development and configuration at a lower total cost of ownership. IFS, an enterprise applications company, announced that Saab has chosen to deploy IFS Applications 9 at its Aeronautics unit and South African operations
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