By ICN GroupDigitization, April 15, 2020

Sibur to use AR technology for digital transformation

This is one of the digital transformation processes that will lead the Russian company to the Industry 4.0 era, based on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies

Sibur and Brochesia, a leading company specialized in the development of integrated software solutions for wearable devices, such as smart glasses and augmented reality (AR), have announced the adoption of Brochesia solutions in Sibur’s “Network Modernization-Digitalization” transformation project.
 
This is one of the digital transformation processes that will lead the Russian company to the Industry 4.0 era, based on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.
 
Sibur chose B View solution of Brochesia to empower its production processes, especially maintenance and support services through Augmented Reality and Remote Assistance.
 
As Alexander Leus, Sibur's Head of Industry 4.0, commented: “Brochesia is helping us in our journey to digital transformation; they are a very trusted partner with a consolidated experience in AR software solutions and smart glasses. The Network Modernization-Digitalization project is just beginning but we can see the first positive outcomes: since we have adopted the B View solution we saved in time and money when doing activities in our production plants. Moreover we could decrease travels of the most experienced technicians as well as of our suppliers who are now able to give their advices remotely.
 
Finally we are exploring new possible applications of Brochesia software in the company. I'm sure they can give us the right tools to enhance our Digital Transformation, improving both our production process and business performance”.
 
In the face of a difficult epidemiological situation, the necessity of smart glasses and augmented reality at the enterprises has increased significantly. Regular repair works require an external examination, but the contractors cannot come from abroad right now, or they ought to wait for 2 weeks of quarantine. Due to the technology all external experts from abroad – Serbia, Italy, Korea, Belgium, France – and other regions of Russia can be brought aboard remotely.
 
As Christian Salvatori, GM/CTO of Brochesia explains, “B View solution combines the convenient use of wearable devices, Smart Glasses, which allow to work hand-free, with the ability to perform activities in complete freedom and safety. But most of all it allows collaboration between a field technician and an expert who can perform remote assistance being located anywhere in the world; due to the restrictions imposed by the containment rules of Coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, all the activities must be quickly reorganized. Choosing to rely on new collaboration technologies, such as B View, means being able to guarantee business continuity and an high level of remote technical support.”
 
This is an important improvement for Sibur's technical service department who can now provides immediate remote assistance using Augmented Reality.
 
“Wearing Smart Glasses, the technician has instant access to the knowledge of an a subject matter expert as well as to operator manuals and all necessary instructions, stated Salvatori. To give an example, B View helps guiding in identify units and parts and connect them properly. The benefits are a proven reduction on travel expenses and service costs as well as a considerable time-saving”.

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