Ambulance Mechanics Improve Repair Speed and Accuracy by Close to 70% Using Prototype Nomad(TM) System
BOTHELL, Wash., June 21 /PRNewswire/ — Mechanics from American Medical Response Ambulance reduced repair and maintenance time on their ambulance fleet by as much as 68.9 percent, using a prototype Microvision (Nasdaq: MVIS) Nomad Personal Display System, a wearable computer, and voice-activated graphic user interface software from Tangis Corporation. The system acted as an electronic maintenance manual for the mechanics during the trial.
The day-long maintenance trial — part of a partnership between
Microvision and Tangis — was designed to demonstrate and quantify the time
saved by mechanics in diagnosing and repairing the ambulance rigs. During the
trial, the AMR mechanics used the Nomad System’s augmented vision display to
superimpose data from repair manuals onto their vision at the point of task.
In two different repair procedures, mechanics wearing the Nomad Personal
Display System gained almost 57% in time spent repairing a brake failure, and
achieved nearly a 70% gain in time spent repairing an emissions system
“The dramatic gains in efficiency underscore the Nomad System’s potential
to increase productivity by delivering critical data to mobile workers who
rely upon printed reference materials,” said Larry Zibrik, Microvision’s
marketing manager for industry.
“The challenges faced by AMR’s mechanics with their paper maintenance
manuals are the same issues confronting workers in power plants, aircraft
maintenance operations, and a vast array of maintenance applications in use
today,” noted Zibrik. “The Nomad System’s head-up, hands-free solution will
allow people in almost any industry to perform their tasks with critical
information literally at their fingertips.”
“The system was most effective with novice mechanics unfamiliar with all
of the ambulance maintenance procedures. This is an industry-wide dilemma for
companies faced with high turnover. The Nomad System coupled with the Tangis
software enables the novice workers to climb the learning curve more quickly.”
With responsibility for over 150 emergency fleet vehicles all supplied by
Ford Motor Company, the AMR maintenance team — based just south of
Seattle — depends on Ford manuals and procedures to diagnose and repair
Once the fault has been determined, the mechanic must locate the
manual — kept in a central location — to determine how to troubleshoot and
repair the problem. This is no small task in a busy shop like AMR’s — paper
manuals are cumbersome, difficult to keep up to date and inefficient. “In our
day-to-day work, paper manuals get lost, misplaced and damaged all the time,”
said Evan Miller, AMR lead mechanic.
Miller noted that the AMR mechanics adapted to the Microvision technology
solution quickly and found the Nomad System’s see-through capability to be
comfortable and effective. “The guys used the system with very little
training,” he said. “I was surprised how quickly they became proficient”
The study is the latest in a series of field trials Microvision is
conducting with customers and technology partners in aerospace, medical and
industrial applications as the company develops market opportunities for the
Nomad Personal Display System — which is scheduled to be released late this
year. Such trials will demonstrate productivity and safety benefits achieved
by customers and partners in real world applications.
Digital photo of AMR mechanics wearing the prototype Nomad System
available. Contact Randy Balogh, Parker LePla, 206-285-5280, firstname.lastname@example.org
Headquartered in Bothell, WA, Microvision Inc. is the developer of the
patented retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro
miniature optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications.
The company’s technology has applications in a broad range of military,
medical, industrial, professional and consumer information products.
NOTE: Nomad is a trademark of Microvision, Inc.
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statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those
sections. Certain factors that realistically could cause results to differ
materially from those projected in the company’s forward-looking statements
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Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Tangis: http://www.tangis.com
Tangis Corporation is a Seattle-based software company developing
solutions for in-motion computing creating applications for the in-motion
workforce-people who need hands-free computing. Tangis software permits
workers to use information resources and corporate data while staying onsite
and in task.