To provide customers with reliable disinfection across life sciences, healthcare products, and sterilization technologies.
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STERIS has six critical washing parameters: temperature, action, chemistry, coverage, time, and soil. Most of these can be controlled programmatically. Accurate coverage, however, requires customer technicians to precisely follow correct procedures for loading equipment—which makes quality control uniquely challenging.
Traditionally, STERIS has solved this by delivering SOPs to their customers via hard copy or digital PDF instructions. While this does provide for some standardization, it poses challenges to both STERIS and its customers. For instance, it is difficult to understand the complexity of three-dimensional loading configurations using a series of two-dimensional diagrams. Consistent with STERIS’s values, the solution may have worked, but they looked to innovate greater precision and reliability. This is where augmented reality (AR) entered the picture.
About the Company
STERIS is a global leader in infection prevention technologies, offering a broad portfolio of preventative solutions. The STERIS Life Science business produces sterilization equipment, cleaners, and services to pharmaceutical companies and research facilities. STERIS’ full spectrum of products, services, and support make it unique. Their premium brand appeals to customers who require the peace of mind that comes with 100% reliable disinfection.
See the STERIS Solution in Action
Customers are equipped with a STERIS-supplied tablet, preloaded with their Smart AR Loading Technology application—with content customized to each customer’s unique products and washer configuration. The front-line users are now able to load washers by following clear, in-context AR guidance directly overlaid on the washer racks. When loading errors can impact the health and safety of end customers, increasing the coverage accuracy is critical, and using AR guidance can result in significant improvements compared to just referencing a printed diagram. The solution is 3D-aware, meaning that users can walk around the rack, while 3D models of loadable parts remain accurately locked into place—granting 360 degrees of visual accuracy.
“The Smart AR Loading Technology application represents a huge leap forward. It combines much more consistent SOP compliance, while still leveraging existing skill and expertise on the floor.”
–Olivier Van Houtte, Senior Manager for Product Marketing in the Life Sciences Division of STERIS.
STERIS investigated many different digital solutions, but ultimately embraced AR to create operator instructions. PTC’s Vuforia Studio AR was selected as the technology of choice— based on the flexibility needed to create immersive AR experiences that overlay 3D information over physical objects and environments. Using Vuforia Studio as the underlying technology, the coverage section of the SOP process has been entirely reimagined as STERIS Smart AR Loading Technology. Planning for a broad roll-out, STERIS partnered with ITC, a services partner to rapidly iterate large volumes of custom AR content that are specific to customer washer configurations.