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GE Aviation Engine Mechanic Tests IoT With Connected Torque Wrench

By S.L. Fuller | July 19, 2017

Avionics IoT AviationAugmented reality developer Upskill successfully piloted its Skylight platform on Glass Enterprise Edition at GE Aviation, GE Aviation said. With the capability, GE Aviation’s tools can be connected, and interact digitally with engine maintenance technicians and builders through glasses.

"We believe that Skylight on Glass Enterprise Edition has the potential to be a real game changer in terms of its ability to minimize errors, improve product quality and increase mechanic efficiency," said Ted Robertson, manager of maintainability and human factors engineering at GE Aviation.

Mechanics tested Skylight on Glass combined with a Wi-Fi-enabled torque wrench, GE Aviation said. It was used to “optimally” tighten bolts, while performing routine engine assembly and overhaul. GE Aviation said this unlocks millions of dollars in savings for both it and its customers. The company also said it saw an 8 to 12% average increase in mechanic efficiency while using the mart glasses.

"It is exciting to now have Glass available to enterprises who understand the value of how wearables and industrial IoT can transform a business today," said Brian Ballard, co-founder and CEO of Upskill.

GE Aviation said that GE is one of Upskill’s largest customers and investor. GE Ventures initially invested in Upskill in 2015. GE uses Skylight in seven active projects at 12 locations around the world. The glasses are used in a variety of applications at the company, including topbox cabinet wiring, warehouse picking and kitting, and field repair and maintenance.

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