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  1. Hexagon PPM
3 November 2020

Hexagon and RealWear® Reshape Maintenance Operations with Connected Workflows for Heavy Asset Industry

Hexagon’s PPM division and RealWear® announce the continued development of interoperability between Hexagon’s Xalt Connected Worker solution and RealWear’s HMT family of wearable, hands-free devices.

Hexagon’s Xalt | Mobility is a cloud-based enterprise software platform that lets users quickly build robust mobile workflows to solve daily challenges. Its groundbreaking technology connects with a customer’s existing enterprise applications, systems and sensors providing front-line workers with all the data they need, in a single app. No longer is disparate data a vexing problem. Through this approach, maintenance teams can now have real-time access to current work orders, maintenance history, associated engineering documentation, manufacturers’ schematics, permits, safety documentation and best practices. Data integrity, smoother operations and dramatically reduced administration costs are ensured with low initial overhead.

RealWear’s voice-enabled headset solutions facilitate increased operational efficiency, which lets frontline workers troubleshoot issues in real-time and remotely perform live inspections via two-way video as supervisors watch on a laptop.

Hexagon and RealWear have continued their development of enhanced interoperability between the Hexagon’s Xalt Connected Worker solution and RealWear’s hands-free Connected Worker wearable devices. The combination of software from Hexagon and hardware from RealWear® allows plant workers to increase efficiency of operations while minimizing potential safety issues.

Utilizing the “Maintenance Execution 2.0” package, workers can leverage hands-free technology end-to-end throughout their work processes. All necessary data can be provided to the worker at the required time and place, while communication and collaboration between operations and maintenance is increased. These digital workflows are designed to optimize a technician “time on tool,” ultimately improving important metrics like Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), First Time Fix Rates (FTFR) and overall reliability. Efficiency and safety can be optimized by real-time notifications of hazards and “near-miss” reporting. This increased visibility into plant conditions drives preventative action and improves traceability for auditing and investigating purposes.

RealWear President and Co-Founder Sanjay Jhawar said: “Our partnership with Hexagon and the integration with Xalt harnesses the power of RealWear’s 100% hands-free platform and our industrial head-mounted, assisted reality headsets, enabling customers to rapidly deploy and quickly scale tailored connected worker solutions that simultaneously enhance both productivity and safety.”

“The combination of Hexagon’s Connected Worker solutions with Xalt and RealWear’s wearable hands-free technology provides a unique ability to conduct plant work processes with increased safety and efficiency,” said Jaclyn Arnold, Vice-President of Owner Operator Solutions, Hexagon’s PPM division.

RealWear’s Jhawar and Patrick Harrigan from Hexagon will co-present a session titled, “Connected Workers: Essential and Non-essential” on Thursday, November 5 at 11:25am US Central Time during HxGN LIVE evolve720, Hexagon’s PPM division’s first fully virtual conference. HxGN LIVE evolve720 will feature two days packed with interactive, industry-disrupting keynotes and workshops as attendees dive into ‘The Next Normal’ and discover how to thrive in today’s ever-changing economic environment.

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