Wood adopts Honeywell’s Forge Workforce productivity solution, which utilizes Augmented Reality technology

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May 11, 2020 – Honeywell has today announced that its Honeywell Forge Workforce Productivity solution is being adopted by Wood, a provider of consulting, projects and operations solutions in energy and the built environment. The connected worker solution enabled by Honeywell Forge is designed to help improve decision-making, boost productivity and enhance safety for industrial workers.

Using hands-free devices and leveraging technology such as augmented reality, Honeywell Connected Worker’s intelligent wearables combine a heads-up display and voice control with workflow software and integration of plant and process data. Honeywell states that it is working with Wood to equip its frontline workforce in the energy industry with instant access to the critical knowledge and information needed to help streamline operations.

“Honeywell Forge Workforce Productivity is one of the key components of our connected operations and worker programmes. Wood is harnessing the collective ingenuity of our people using disruptive technologies to solve our clients’ biggest challenges,” said Darren Martin, Wood’s chief technology officer. “The technology is central to ensuring Wood and our clients are future ready, now.”

The headsets are providing Wood with modules from Honeywell Forge, including:

  • Honeywell Forge Inspection Rounds – A software solution that digitizes end-to-end inspection workflows, bringing greater efficiency and effectiveness to operator rounds;
  • Honeywell Forge Worker Assist Expert-on-Call and Video Assist – Connects workers in real time to colleagues in central control rooms or remote offices when they need advice or support, enabling workers to receive step-by-step guidance and tutorials to assist with the completion of complex tasks.

“Operators across industries are recognizing the value of digitizing workflows, enabling workers with collaboration tools and connecting workers to live data so they can make better decisions, work more effectively and be safer whether on site or while working remotely,” said Sunil Pandita, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Connected Industrial. “Honeywell Forge dramatically enhances workers’ daily experience by combining our process expertise with people enablement technologies, especially in today’s global business environment.”

According to Honeywell, the technology has been successfully deployed on offshore rigs in the UK North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and on Alaska’s North Slope, as well as at onshore processing facilities in the UK, US, Canada and the Middle East. The company has stated that reported positive technology impacts have ranged from accelerated issue resolution to reduced shutdown time and decreased worker exposure to hazardous environments.

Image credit: Honeywell

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