Under Construction: ONEIL's new AR/VR lab

Mockup design of ONEIL's completed AR/VR lab.

What's new at ONEIL's Miamisburg headquarters? Construction of the new AR/VR lab is officially underway as crews work to transform one of our conference centers into a state-of-the-art workshop for augmented and virtual reality product offerings.

Why did we choose to invest in the AR/VR lab? Simple. As experts in the product support field, we've spent the last 70 years providing our customers with the information they need, when--and how--they need it. AR/VR technology is a natural extension of that capability, offering the next-gen product support format an evolving workforce demands.

"The work we will perform in the AR/VR lab is a new avenue for getting useful information to people when they need it most. Ultimately, it will allow us to enable real-world use cases to demonstrate how our suite of solutions makes people safer, more productive, and more efficient." – Armando Monzon, Director of Software Development

It's easy to see how publications and training managers are benefiting from AR/VR technology:

Meeting new workforce demands: As baby boomers retire at an overwhelming rate, leaders are catching a younger, more tech-savvy labor force up to speed. The millennial workforce was raised on emerging technology in their classrooms and digital devices in their pockets, meaning they're well-accustomed to interactive learning tools. In fact, it's fair to say they expect it: 2016 research by Dell and Intel found 82% of millennials are influenced by workplace technology when deciding whether to accept a job in the first place.

Closing the knowledge gap: We already know interactive, self-paced training results in higher comprehension and steeper retention. Do all your technicians have sufficient training and material to support the maintenance and repair of mission-critical equipment? Do they have to gather information from multiple sources? Is work put on hold while they call in experts from other areas? AR/VR closes these costly knowledge gaps, providing better training and real-time troubleshooting for novice and veteran field techs alike.

Reducing risk: AR/VR simulations are a particularly helpful tool for modeling physically challenging tasks or dangerous environments. One use case: UPS leverages VR headsets to help delivery drivers identify road hazards in a controlled and hands-on approach. By removing risk factors from the teaching environment, learners get practical experience that will keep them safe on the job.

Curious to learn more about AR/VR and other ONEIL offerings? Check out this quick augmented reality video or get in touch with our experts.

Go digital: 3 ways intelligent schematics make field support easier

One thing MRO, Fleet, and Field Support Managers have in common: they're sick of highlighters. The more complex their equipment, the more intricate the schematics, which means technicians spend a lot of time fumbling through binders of multi-sheet diagrams, then manually tracing wires and connectors to get to the root of failure. Simply put: the troubleshooting process is painful.

Let's work smarter.

Converting your electrical, pneumatic, or hydraulic diagrams to a digital environment is the first step in simplifying workflow (and reducing frustration). When your crew can quickly maneuver through the technical data they need--whether they're in the office or in the field--you'll notice a few major benefits:

  1. Reduced downtime (and therefore, cost). Why should troubleshooting be so labor-intensive? You've heard your techs mention it can take longer to trace back to the failure point than to actually repair the issue. With an intelligent schematics solution like ONeVIEW™, wires and components are hotspots, circuits are "turned on" via colorizing, component details are enriched, and the user can easily zoom and pan between sheets without missing a beat. And, with the option for could-based delivery, users can get the information they need anytime, anywhere.
  2. Reduced human error. Trying to keep your place as you leaf through several reams of paper to determine where that ground wire leads? Good luck. ONeVIEW's interactive interface allows users to interact with schematics by clicking into customizable, color-coded lists with direct links to the component they're searching for. It'll bookmark relevant areas and even populate a list of associated components. Make things even easier by tapping associated attachments to see exploded-view images for a clear, visual indication of what the real-world part looks like.
  3. Better training. A new generation is replacing your retiring field techs--do you have a plan to maintain that knowledge? Intelligent schematics are user-friendly and include the 3D renderings this generation expects. ONeVIEW even offers training modules and videos to catch your team up to speed now and in the future with automatic updates as equipment changes over time.

We're well-regarded in many industries for our product support solutions, and with good reason.

Let us introduce you to our ONeVIEW intelligent schematics solution and take your from-to processes from lifeless to interactive. Download the ONeVIEW brochure when you're ready to ditch the highlighters for good.

More Documentation Managers are using a CMS for their technical documentation solution- here's why

Proving the need for a Content Management System (CMS) can be challenging for Documentation and Training Managers, but the need to save time and money couldn't be simpler. As part of your role, you're charged with developing and preserving technical documentation to help customers operate and maintain your equipment- this material impacts key partners within your own firm, too. Engineers, operators, trainers, help-desk personnel, and even legal, marketing, and IT groups all rely on the quality of your material in some capacity.

While it's true each business unit has its own priorities, there's a uniform need to improve customer satisfaction, reduce downtime, and intelligently manage content. Decision-makers understand how a CMS can support these needs, but they're under pressure to prove its value. Because we regularly provide clients with technical documentation solutions, we've noticed a few key themes driving demand for CMS implementation. Any of these sound familiar?

  • Legacy data must be maintained, but publication backlog and development cycles are too long, so end users have outdated information- or worse- no support information at all. Reformatting or updating disjointed data with each engineering change or parts upgrade is a drain on your time and resources.
  • Accessibility issues quickly become lead-time pitfalls. If you can't dynamically generate your technical information to distribute to web or mobile environments, your end-users can't get the real-time support they need. And, system integration barriers often exist, making it next to impossible to incorporate necessary information from other business applications.
  • Compliance and language requirements from relevant transit authorities, governing bodies, or industry-specific specifications can put you in the weeds as you work tirelessly to meet standards. The documentation development process can be grueling and costly, not to mention risky. Failing to meet specifications could result in end-user confusion, injury, or worse. Customer safety and your reputation are at stake.

Whether you have files created internally, outsourced to a strategic business partner, or a combination of both approaches, a solution like ONEIL's ONePUBS™ CMS acts as a one-stop-shop with complete authoring, publishing, and interactive delivery of technical content that can be reused, updated, and even translated in real-time. Bonus: it also provides configuration control, tracking and orchestrating updates to conform to the scheduled update cycle.

How's that for traction? Download the ONePUBS brochure to be the MVP of your organization's next technical documentation meeting.

Solve these 3 problems (and more) when you integrate interactive parts manuals

Keeping accurate, updated parts documentation on long-life equipment is a never-ending task. Part models and vendors change frequently, rendering your material outdated and virtually useless when it's needed most. During inevitable equipment failure, how can your team efficiently identify and replace the parts they need to get back in gear?

After properly troubleshooting the issue, your mechanics are tasked with getting replacement parts in-hand right away. Lead time matters, and you need a streamlined solution to simplify the process for your field technicians, help desk personnel, dealers, and procurement teams.

Meet ONEIL's ONePARTS™ parts management and delivery system, serving logistics, parts management, and e-Commerce to manage your supply chain:
  • Interactive, user-friendly, and accessible remotely.
  • Compatible with your eCommerce or ERP system to facilitate easy ordering.
  • Decrease equipment downtime while driving after market part sales.

When you partner with ONEIL to integrate an interactive parts manual, your entire organization benefits. With infrastructure that allows your techs to self-serve anytime, anywhere, they're less likely to need the support of help desk personnel who could put lead times at risk by providing outdated information. Handle times decrease, diagnostic information is captured to help predict future failures, and warranty costs are reduced as unnecessary part replacements become a thing of the past.

Our customers tell us interactive parts manuals are a game-changer in streamlining operations and keeping the end customer happy. Whether you're managing a fleet of motor coaches or aircraft, our team of technical illustrators and industry experts puts the right information in the right hands at the right time. It's what we do best.

ONEIL's ONePARTS interactive parts data management and delivery system has no per-seat licensing or end-user costs. No hooks, just solutions. Contact our experts to learn how this tool can put your business in the fast lane.

Increase productivity, reduce cost by (properly) troubleshooting downtime in the first place

Unscheduled downtime is one of the biggest challenges fleet managers face. Equipment failure, maintenance, and staffing issues all contribute to lost revenue as the clock ticks. And chances are, you're underestimating the cost of downtime to your organization's bottom line.

Speedy repair is critical for getting back on the road, but what if the problem wasn't diagnosed properly to begin with?

Human troubleshooting yields inconsistent results. Even with similar training, your mechanics likely take unique approaches to problem-solving. You want to ensure decisions are made using streamlined methodology, regardless of potential gaps in knowledge or experience. You wonder if troubleshooting procedures could be shared in a knowledge base to promote consistency in maintenance activities.

A retiring generation is taking industry knowledge with them. Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day, leaving your team with unprecedented generational turnover and decades of lost tribal knowledge. Leaders are not only tasked with replacing a retiring workforce but onboarding incoming personnel to dependably maintain and service the fleet. You want a way to streamline – or better yet, automate – troubleshooting protocol.

Historical data is often lost or underreported. Instead of being dismissed as bygones, your team's historical insights should be considered in planning and reporting. Guiding the troubleshooting path is especially important when working with long-life, mission-critical equipment whose downtime directly impacts your customers. You need a field knowledge model with rich logging capabilities to capture, pinpoint, and even engineer design improvements.

Fortunately, decision-based troubleshooting logic exists. It's possible to reduce the potential for human error, leverage historical data, and deliver intelligence and interactivity at the point of use, all while reducing downtime and expense. ONEIL'S ONeMIND Suite solves costly pain points by:

  • Building a library of symptoms and repairs and connecting those elements together to support field technicians
  • Continuously learning and adjusting probable scenarios, increasing reliability rate over time
  • Capturing intellectual capital as field technicians develop comprehensive lists of symptoms, possible solutions, and procedures
  • Leveraging built-in logic based on weighted attributes such as costs, time, availability of parts, help, or equipment required for each procedure

What's more, ONeMIND can be paired with our other diagnostic tools to deliver a comprehensive diagnostic and delivery system. Contact the ONEIL pros to learn how our suite of solutions can set you miles ahead of your competition.