Remote Assist is an innovative service concept which enables Romaco to support machines in real time. Four machines at the trade fair booth will be equipped with smart glasses. 

The technology permits virtual communication between machine operators and service technicians.Romaco Service will take advantage of interpack 2017 to show Internet enabled smart glasses, which allow the manufacturer’s machines to be monitored from a distance. These glasses connect the responsible Romaco technician to the machine operator at the user via a Wi-Fi interface. Customers requiring urgent assistance to operate their equipment can now opt for virtual support from Romaco. 

A camera integrated in the glasses transfers its perspective of the machine directly to the Romaco hotline employee’s monitor. The Romaco support team can form their own picture of the situation in the field by live stream and take action accordingly. Machine operators anywhere in the world can be issued with targeted instructions, for example during the ramp-up phase, format changes or repairs. Thanks to the resolution of 800x600 pixels or more, Romaco can also show the operator important information on the system’s transparent screen. Each pair of smart glasses is moreover provided with a microphone and headphones for audio communication.

The use of smart glasses in customer service saves time and money because minor faults or error messages can be dealt with quickly and easily. This in turn means less downtime and significantly better OEE (overall equipment effectiveness). “Smart glasses are an instrument for the factories of the future; their advent is definitely a milestone for service activities of all kinds”, explains Gero von Stackelberg, Product Manager Customer Service at Romaco. “The ability to communicate virtually simplifies our hotline team’s daily work, while our customers profit from efficient and affordable services.”

Visitors to the trade fair will have a chance to try out this innovative Industry 4.0 technology on four different machines at the Romaco booth. An Innojet V 100 processing machine, a Kilian KTP 590X tablet press, a Noack NBP 950 blister machine and a Promatic PCI 915 cartoner will each be equipped with smart glasses especially for interpack 2017. These glasses are an important element of Romaco’s Remote Assist service concept.

Romaco’s Remote Assist service conceptRomaco Services will present Remote Assist at interpack 2017 as a next-generation concept for remote online support. The system bridges the physical distance to the customer by exchanging data directly with machines in the field. Romaco HMI terminals are configured with a “Call 4 Service” button for this purpose. A push of this button is all it takes to initiate a service assignment via the Romaco ticket system. All relevant data, including the error message, is then forwarded via a secure connection to Romaco’s central support platform. This concept enables rapid troubleshooting, for instance because valuable diagnostic time is economised. In the second step, the Romaco experts set to work to find a solution without delay. The number one priority is to restrict machine downtime to a bare minimum. Using a status app, owners of Romaco-built equipment can check the status of their machines at any time via the manufacturer’s customer portal. The Remote Assist concept introduced by Romaco gives an entirely new meaning to the term “close to the customer”.

More information on Romaco services at interpack in Dusseldorf/Germany from May 4 to 10, 2017 (Hall 16, Stand D15).