What technician has never been in front of a broken car? Who has never pressed the wrong button, pulled another lever or another controller to try and fix a problem? These common and common mistakes in the industrial world lead to defects in the quality of the finished product, can break the tool and therefore lead to costly shutdown of machines, not to mention accidents or even deaths, in particular as a result of electric shock. Serious accidents at work are not uncommon, as in France this happens on average twice a day.
Having met while studying at the National School of Computing for Industry and Business (ENSIIE) and the Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, Amaury Cottin and Maxence Bukas recognized this loss of know-do in the industry. Many business experts are retiring, so much so that the youngest, and therefore less experienced, can make these kinds of mistakes at significant economic and human cost.
If technicians are more conscientious, they don’t take that risk and look for the information they need. They call colleagues, search the maintenance library – a written and very extensive document … But at this time the production line is at an impasse …
augmented reality glasses
To counter these challenges, the two founders of Spectral TMS developed an augmented reality solution. On glasses created by Microsoft, available for purchase or rental, scroll through digital elements to help the user in their task. For example, an arrow and a highlighted instruction can tell him what manipulations to perform.
“We want every technical specialist to be on par with the best expert”, explains co-founder Amory Cottin.
Their first twenty customers, such as Enedis or Legrand, connect to their software and set up their key path themselves. If necessary, they can accompany them to determine the correct use cases. Michelin, for example, uses it, for example, for consignment, that is, to ensure the safety of the installation during maintenance or repairs. Safran uses it for quality control.
Follow customers in Europe, USA and China
Their business model, launched in 2018, has not changed: annual licenses allow you to access and modify a personalized platform. The more this training, production, service and quality tool is used, the higher the subscription. Now its dual task is to roll out ten new major industrial accounts and set up in England, Germany and Italy.
The idea is not so much to end up with 200 signers, but to follow them in Europe, the US or even China and not limit their creativity in augmented reality. So they are preparing a new feature. The idea is no longer so much to create a trajectory that will be displayed on the lenses of the glasses, but to put them on the head of an expert who records all his gestures to standardize the database.
Tomorrow the young shooter is going to deploy in the first-aid post or even in the building. “We would obviously be interested in such a solution, which could be relevant for training crane operators or supervising the installation of the network as a second job,” emphasizes Guillaume Bazouin, manager of the Startups and intrapreneurs program at Leonard, Vinci’s self-proclaimed “laboratory for the future of cities and territories”.
“In fact, while everyone is talking about the digital BIM model, it only concerns a small minority of construction sites in the implementation phase. It would also imply daily or weekly model updates,” he adds immediately.
2 million euros raised at the end of 2020
However, the ecosystem already trusts Spectral TMS. At the end of 2020, the startup raised 2 million euros from Elaia, a venture capital fund focused on the digital economy and deep technique. A former member of Air Liquide and Solvay, Canadian Alexander Ouimet-Storrs, who now sits on the board of directors, brags about automating and simplifying manufacturing processes.
“It’s accelerated with Covid-19” considers the investor. “Specialists can no longer travel and fly to perform complex operations. With augmented reality, we can now replace bolts on machines. It also provides an opportunity to strengthen support for learning, which takes a lot of time and money.” concludes Alexander Wimet-Storrs.