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A single loose B-nut on an aircraft engine could lead to serious damage from leaking fluid lines and hoses. To ensure B-nuts are properly tightened, mechanics must frequently consult maintenance manuals – a time-consuming and cumbersome process. But, with Upskill’s Skylight augmented reality (AR) platform, combined with Glass Enterprise Edition smart glasses and an Atlas Copco digital torque wrench, GE Aviation mechanics have made the process much more streamlined.

Augmented reality in aircraft maintenance is preferred

After six-months, GE Aviation found it could increase efficiency by 8-12 percent when torquing B-nuts. Participating mechanics noted that they prefer the AR-powered process to traditional maintenance methods, while 85 percent said they believe the new system will reduce errors.

Jay Kim, Upskill’s chief strategy officer, recently commented to MRO Network that three to six months is a common timeframe to see success from smart-glass pilot projects – a process that involves IT integrations, identifying the right use cases, creating a storyboard, implementing the project and then assessing the results. But, now that its pilot is complete, GE Aviation believes that it will be even easier and faster to get the next use case up and running. The company now is interested in rolling out the technology to manufacturing and maintenance applications, such as engine module assembly and on-wing support.

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