Oct. 27, 2017—Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, will demonstrate the “Catalog of the Future”—an augmented reality (A/R) electronic catalog interface for motor vehicle parts and service professionals—during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev.
The proprietary new interface enables parts professionals and technicians to use a tablet computer or wearable device to inspect vehicle systems, access and visualize critical parts and service information, and source replacement components directly from the service bay.
Demonstrations of the Catalog of the Future—available in the Epicor booth (#2238) at AAPEX—will highlight the time- and labor-saving benefits of combining a next-generation user interface with advanced eCatalog content and connectivity already widely available within the North American aftermarket.
Visitors to the Epicor booth will be able to use the A/R interface to perform guided inspections of an automotive suspension and brake system.
As the user points the mobile device at the vehicle system, a list of replacement components is automatically generated via the Epicor PartExpert electronic catalog and Epicor Parts Network connectivity.
Users also can view available technical service bulletins and installation instructions, and order parts—all without leaving the service bay. In addition, the A/R interface offers automated VIN and license plate lookups for access to all required vehicle information, including specific conditions such as engine and wheelbase.
The application enables the technician or other user to capture mileage, part/system condition and other information.
Replacement components used in the A/R display were provided by Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ MOOG steering and suspension and Wagner brake brands.
“In an industry where every minute counts—especially for repair professionals, whose livelihoods depend on completing as many jobs as possible each day—this integration of available technologies could be revolutionary," said Scott Thompson, vice president, automotive, analytics and content, Epicor Software. The interface allows parts professionals to identify other services and related parts needed to deliver a higher level of value and generate increased revenue."