Caterpillar Adopting AR/VR to Be ‘Cheaper, Smarter and Faster’

Published by , May 29, 2017 1:05 pm

(AutomationWorld)  Caterpillar is now moving into the next layer of technology in the service domain which includes the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), as well as augmented and virtual reality. The company’s modern technology mission: “To be cheaper, smarter and faster,” said Terri Lewis, digital and technology director at Caterpillar. Caterpillar will be using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for sales, operations and service applications in about three years, Lewis said.
The company has already created a tractor in a virtual reality app that includes 6,000 part numbers. A salesperson could use an iPhone or iPad to hover over an icon on a specifications sheet to have a virtual rendering of the product pop-up as a visual. Or, out on the job site, you could do a simulation of digging trenches to see if it would violate any requirements for highway control, for example.

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