An enhanced release of an OpreX Operational Risk Management family product that supports a wider range of devices, enabling hands-free field inspections
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has enhanced the Field Assistant software for the field inspections of industrial facilities and is releasing it today as Field Assistant R2.05. Field Assistant is a solution in Yokogawa’s OpreX Operational Risk Management family. When installed on mobile devices, this software enables users in the field to access checklists, manuals, and many other kinds of documents, thus enhancing the quality and efficiency of routine patrols of manufacturing sites. While previous versions of this software ran only on Android phones and tablets, this latest release now also supports Windows tablets and the hands-free RealWear head-mounted computers.
At many industrial plants, personnel periodically perform field inspections by patrolling along defined routes and checking field instruments at specific points along the way, to keep facilities and equipment safe and in good working order. Inspection results are often manually recorded on printed checklists and submitted for review. To reduce the recording workload, prevent entry errors, and facilitate the sharing of results, many of our customers indicated that it would be desirable to be able to directly input these results on a tablet or some other kind of mobile device.
In response to this customer need, Yokogawa developed the original version of Field Assistant, which enabled inspectors to input inspection results on Android mobile devices. In addition to facilitating the recording of inspection checklists, the Field Assistant software can initiate the download of related documents to the mobile device, which inspectors can then refer to whenever needed. For increased efficiency in management of operations, the data in Field Assistant can be linked with data that is recorded and managed using the Operations Management software package. In response to the increased use of Windows tablets in the industry and the need to improve worker safety, the software can now run on either Windows tablets or Android mobile devices, and supports the hands-free RealWear head-mounted computers.
1. Hands-free operation with RealWear head-mounted computers
Field Assistant R2.05 now supports RealWear’s HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 lineup of hands-free head-mounted computers. Using the hands-free device, field service personnel can issue voice commands to the Field Assistant software to, for example, input work results and look up information.
2. Support for use on Windows tablets
In addition to supporting the Android platform, Field Assistant R2.05 now includes a Windows version that can run on Windows tablets. Customers can thus freely use this software on whichever mobile device best meets their application requirements.
Industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, and fine chemicals where periodic field inspections by operators and maintenance staff are required
Recording of site information when performing patrols or routine maintenance, and referencing of related information
About RealWear HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1
HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 provided by RealWear are head-mounted displays running Android operating system. They can be operated by voice commands. The strength and directivity of microphone is superior in the market. HMT-1Z1 is the explosion proof model, which is certified ATEX Zone 1.
OpreX is the comprehensive brand for Yokogawa's industrial automation (IA) and control business. The OpreX name stands for excellence in the technologies and solutions that Yokogawa cultivates through the co-creation of value with its customers, and encompasses the entire range of Yokogawa's IA products, services, and solutions. This brand comprises the following five categories: OpreX Transformation, OpreX Control, OpreX Measurement, OpreX Execution, and OpreX Lifecycle. Field Assistance is an OpreX Operational Risk Management family solution in the OpreX Transformation category. OpreX Transformation delivers operational excellence throughout an enterprise's activities, from production through to supply chain optimization and risk and business management.
With this brand, Yokogawa will deliver integrated solutions that address specific needs and support its customers in their efforts to transform and grow their businesses.
Founded in 1915, Yokogawa (yokogawa.com) engages in broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control, and information. The industrial automation business provides vital products, services, and solutions to a diverse range of process industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, and pulp and paper. With the life innovation business the company aims to radically improve productivity across the pharmaceutical and food industry value chains. The test & measurement, aviation, and other businesses continue to provide essential instruments and equipment with industry-leading precision and reliability. Yokogawa co-innovates with its customers through a global network of 114 companies spanning 62 countries, generating US$3.7B in sales in FY2019.
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