Augmented Reality for Streamlined Equipment Maintenance

NCMS Project #: 141057

Problem: Technical manual access interferes with maintenance and presents a bottleneck for performance efficiency.  The need to constantly refer to technical manuals while performing inspection and maintenance tasks slows the process down and increases the likelihood of errors.  Also, the lack of readily available best practices for the tasks results in less-than-optimal end consequences because following the technical manuals to the letter is not always the most effective or efficient method.  While this problem is prevalent in the private sector, it also exists at military maintenance depots and shipyards.

Benefit: The T-Glass incorporates well-known voice activated technology common in everyday life and links the advancement to maintenance personnel, allowing the maintainer access to technical manuals without needing to use their hands.  By providing a hands-free alternative, the amount of lost time that maintenance personnel spend moving back and forth between paper or digital technical manuals will be reduced.  Private industry and the general public will see numerous benefits as a result of this initiative.

Solution/Approach: The intent of this initiative is to use the Marine Corp’s data and processes as a surrogate to industry to demonstrate how the T-Glass and similar hardware/software applications can improve their inspection and maintenance operations.  At the conclusion of this project, the T-Glass will serve as a hands-free, text perusal interface with added data-gathering capabilities that are easily adaptable for commercial use.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Optimize maintenance and inspection efficiency
  • Reduce errors
  • Decrease maintenance costs
  • Centralization of technical manuals
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Combat Logistics Battalion 453’s Innovation Cell
  • Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG)
  • MARCORLOGCOM (observer)

Industry Participation:

  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection