MAN CEON introduces augmented-reality maintenance platform

MAN CEON introduces augmented-reality maintenance platform
To augment content in the real world, CEON TechGuide employs spatial information and information about surroundings, such as table surfaces, workbenches and walls

MAN CEON, MAN Energy Solutions’ umbrella band for its digital products, has developed an augmented-reality maintenance app with a new generation of instructional material.

Augmented reality provides a new way to give intuitive instructions and guidance on-site and on demand. Using mobile devices or head-mounted displays, the app known as TechGuide enables engineers to use their preferred learning style on a job, whether through 3D-models, animations, video, to have instructions read aloud or to browse a pdf.

“We foresee great benefits for our customers in the digital transformation of technical documentation. Thanks to the rapid development of information technology, MAN CEON TechGuide facilitates an intuitive documentation solution aimed at the safe and fast execution of maintenance and troubleshooting, and will further optimise the availability of our customers’ vessels,” said Per Hansson, head of digital and strategy at MAN Energy Solutions.

“Technical documentation needs to be available on the platforms preferred by the modern generation of marine engineers and shipowners. Augmented reality is nowadays a proven and intuitive technology that makes it easy to deal with increasingly complex maintenance-procedures. That is why we at MAN Energy Solutions have embraced digitisation: our clients will benefit from the state-of-the-art support platforms and applications in the form of optimised maintenance procedures. We believe MAN CEON TechGuide will prove to be indispensable for our industry partners.”

MAN CEON TechGuide is currently being tested onboard a number of bulk carriers owned by Singapore based Berge Bulk. MAN CEON TechGuide is connected to the owner’s fleet maintenance and management system. When a maintenance job has been completed using the MAN CEON TechGuide, the information is automatically uploaded to the owner’s system via Wi-Fi in the engine room, simplifying administrative procedures.

Dr. Lars Gruenitz, Berge Bulk, said: “The MAN CEON TechGuide app is transforming the way maintenance and inspection operations are carried out onboard. With the app working in tandem with our current fleet-management system, we believe that it will not only significantly reduce our crew’s work load, but that it will also further enhance the quality and reliability of our maintenance operations.”

MAN Energy Solutions’ goal is for MAN CEON TechGuide to become an integrated part of marine engineers’ daily tasks and working routines. In the near future, the implementation of real-time augmented reality support will enable shore-based locations to offer expert guidance to on-site crew. The MAN CEON TechGuide application-programming interface (API) also supports different types of planned maintenance systems (PMSs).

MAN CEON TechGuide’s central components are:

  • Augmented reality view – images and text are layered onto the engine components or an ‘x-ray’ view of the components
  • Automatic component recognition – ensures documentation for the specific engine or component is displayed
  • Two-way interface with planned maintenance systems – seamless communication between the MAN CEON TechGuide and the PMS reduces the administrative burden of the engineer
  • Multimedia platform – maintenance descriptions can be read aloud, described by animations, seen on video and read as pdf
  • Audio input/output – instructions read aloud and voice control of the application
  • In-situ and table-study modes – modes for in-situ work and pre-planning work with a maintenance team.