TC’s Vuforia Expert Capture Augmented Reality software, allows processes to be recorded, edited in the cloud and then viewed in other locations through Microsoft HoloLens’ wearable technology. The software was initially developed for companies to teach processes to new employees, however, a new use was found during the pandemic. PTC worked with VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium to assist in the training of hundreds of frontline workers to manufacture ventilators at different sites across the country.
With a critical need for ventilators due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of operational issues arose, showing that there was a need for digital transformation to improve the manufacturing process. PTC’s augmented reality software technology has assisted in the delivery of over 13,000 NHS ventilators.
The Farnborough-based company has reported ‘strong growth’ increasing sales at PTC by 25% across its portfolio including its IIoT platform, product lifecycle management and CAD solutions for design and manufacturing companies.
PTC’s General Manager of UK and Ireland David Grammar stated:
“What has gone from ‘general interest, but we’ll take action later’ has turned into ‘we want it now’, which has seen our integration teams implementing our IIoT platform and AR remote app to enable work to continue despite travel bans and social distancing restrictions.”
Grammar commented that the upward growth trend is expected to continue as PTC works to turn the digital interest into operational and commercial benefits for its customers.