Although the use of Facetime or Teams video conferencing platforms as a means of communication is on the rise, there are limitations when it comes to providing clear operational instructions to the person on the other end. Augmented reality however provides a range of options including:
Pointing to and drawing people’s attention to specific elements on the image;
Saving images and notes at the end of the session to document the session and proposed recommendations.
Providing support for various activities:
Technical and diagnostic support;
Surveys and inspections;
Remote training for operators and technicians.
With robotization, robots rather than humans perform repetitive, difficult or dangerous tasks. In the current context, robots allow for physical distancing. Instead of having a number of people working a piece of equipment or on a production line, some tasks are performed by a robot or collaborative robot.
Collaborative robots can work alongside humans without risk.
Collaborative robots perform tasks and hence limit close contact within less than 2 m between people.
Robotization speeds up production and enhances production quality.
A real-time tracking system can help make it easier to manage physical distancing, monitor production and storage operations, oversee machine safety in a range of industrial, commercial and institutional settings (hospitals, schools, malls and grocery stores), on jobsites and on public transit. Our specialists provide engineering, programming and technology integration services aimed at:
Determining required telecommunications equipment;
Setting up secure areas;
Linking in existing computer systems;
Compiling and analyzing data and creating dashboards and reports (distancing compliance, individuals who come into close contact with an infected person, historical data, and so forth);
Installing panels, doors, guard houses or other equipment to ensure compliance with CNESST’s distancing standards.
For many, teleworking was the ideal solution for managing the COVID-19 crisis and recommended confinement. Although office work can be readily converted to teleworking, controlling a production line may well require the on-site presence of a number of workers. Using technological solutions or a smart transportation system, some types of equipment control can be done remotely. With the right tools and appropriate network configurations, it is feasible to remotely connect to and operate a production line, or investigate operating issues.
Validation of equipment operations
Startup of remote supervision systems (SCADA, operator interface, dashboards)
A drone can be used to access difficult or hazardous sites safely (e.g., high voltage equipment), thereby simplifying standby operations and avoiding the need to have a number of people on site (traffic supervisors, multiple survey teams, etc.). 3D imagery makes it feasible to take more accurate measurements than manual readings. Comprehensive imagery of a sector provides accurate information for repair plans and parts requisitions, and hence enables seamless integration.