Groupe PSA partners RealWear to resolve manufacturing default

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 07 Jan 2020

Factory employees at Groupe PSA wearing RealWear’s assisted reality headsets (HMT-1s), which helps improve uptime, empower and connect workers with other experts.

Groupe PSA has successfully rolled out RealWear’s flagship HMT-1 head-mounted enterprise wearables for its factory technicians to improve productivity and quality during the vehicle assembly process.

According to RealWear, Groupe PSA, which owns car brands Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, OPEL and Vauxhall initiated its 'Glasses Assist' project with RealWear in March 2018. From that time, Groupe PSA workers have logged more than 10,000 hours on RealWear’s HMT-1 wearable computers. The 45 voice-controlled, fully hands-free headsets are now in use in PSA Group's factories in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Morocco, India, Argentina and Brazil.

Guillaume Calfati, who is in charge of new digital experiences and creative excellence at Groupe PSA said: “Our fleet of HMTs seamlessly integrated within our existing processes and passed all safety compliant requirements without question. We will continue to expand our HMT-empowered team with big plans ahead.”

The solution, which was deployed in 80 percent of the Groupe PSA’s factories till date now runs HPE Visual Remote Guidance (VRG), a secure, enterprise-ready collaboration software application. The application runs on RealWear’s purpose-built Android enterprise platform, allowing for a visually guided two-way interactive communications session via 3/4G or Wi-Fi.

The Groupe PSA project allows remote experts in facilities hundreds of miles away to troubleshoot defaults in real-time during the manufacturing process and resolve them within minutes.

Andy Lowery, CEO, RealWear said: “We are thrilled to partner with Groupe PSA and HPE on another global deployment of our systems. Groupe PSA has demonstrated successful long-term deployment of RealWear’s HMT knowledge transfer platform. This experience with HMT-1 is a success as the company will use this tool as a standard.”