Right Hemisphere: Graphics management platform makes a picture worth a thousand simulations for Bell Helicopter

Steve Lewis appreciates the power of a picture. Employed by Bell Helicopter for nearly 30 years, there was a time he flew all over the world as a staff engineer to translate what he calls the “engineering speak” that often characterizes operating and service manuals so field maintenance/repair personnel could get aircraft back into the sky.


Steve Lewis appreciates the power of a picture. Employed by Bell Helicopter for nearly 30 years, there was a time he flew all over the world as a staff engineer to translate what he calls the “engineering speak” that often characterizes operating and service manuals so field maintenance/repair personnel could get aircraft back into the sky.

“The first thing I would do when I arrived was draw a picture to communicate what the issues were,” he says. “There was always a big disconnect regarding the materials. I knew there had to be a better way.”

The “better way” proved to be technology from Right Hemisphere , a provider of a powerful graphics management environment built around its Deep Server enterprise graphics storage repository and a broad palette of tools for manipulating and sharing 2D, 3D, and related text from disparate CAD and product life-cycle management (PLM) systems.

In addition to such tools as Deep Creator, Deep Exploration, Deep View, and Deep Paint, Right Hemisphere's latest advance is Deep Access, an easy-to-use interface for creating a unified, well organized and searchable graphics file structure for storing and quickly retrieving metadata and product graphics from a host of different systems.

Lewis, now the simulation manager at Bell Helicopters' Hurst, Texas facility, achieves everything he used to do logging thousands of air miles—without ever leaving his office.

Right Hemisphere solutions manage periodic updates to documentation found within Bell Helicopter to ensure all iterations are replaced with the most current depictions.

“I used to be the troubleshooter in the field, between designers and engineers, or engineering and manufacturing. When I saw the Right Hemisphere solution for the first time, I knew it was something that could greatly simply my life. It's small enough to fit on a laptop and be taken into the field, but better yet, it allows sending an attached file in an email so I can go over animation with someone on the phone.”

Right Hemisphere also extracts detailed graphics from various programs and converts them for use in PowerPoint files and other presentation formats such as PDFs and viewers.

The technology saved 39,000 labor hours in development of technical publications for one aircraft alone. “That's an 80-percent savings in the time to produce graphics of much higher quality, and that are much more portable,” says Lewis, resulting in netted savings in another project of 26,000 labor hours a year.

Lewis believes the power of Right Hemisphere is limited only by one's imagination, citing a recent redesign of an elaborate two-story exhibition booth for a major air show. The goal: to house a full mockup flight simulator.

“We resolved the problem with Right Hemisphere in a few hours,” says Lewis. “Without the technology, we might have made a $2-million investment in preparation for an air show only to find that when we got there we couldn't use the simulator.”

For Bell Helicopter, Right Hemisphere capabilities are advancing so fast, it's hard to keep up with the possibilities for how they can be used, says Lewis. “You've heard how a picture is worth a thousand words,” he says. “Right Hemisphere makes an animated simulation worth a thousand pictures.”

See all of the winners.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me