How Augmented reality is changing Manufacturing industry

Augmented Reality is creating waves of strides on the industrial manufacturing plant floor. It is enabling workforce with an unstoppable momentum, which is an amalgam of the best of human creativity and flexibility in partnership with the power and depth of digital workforce technology.

From Boeing to Porsche, the biggest companies in the world are using Augmented reality in manufacturing to improve the accuracy and speed of their workforce.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways in which AR can make the manufacturing industry the best it has ever been in years.

Product Design

Augmented reality can be used in designing planes, or any other product, which has difficult construction. What is more important, AR models help to estimate the functionality of the design and can be used to optimize it. The main pros of AR are:

  • AR gives the opportunity to connect designed objects with the physical products. It provides both visual and digital data, which help to improve design itself.
  • Before the era of AR, constructors had to do multiple runs of product prototypes. Now, with the help of AR, they get the unrestricted view and can cut mock up costs.
  • Detailed models. 3D models in association with AR give the opportunity to see a clear look the future product without overlapping the program interface, not limited by the computer screen.

Manufacturing

Complex assembly. First, there was only workers and handle tools and long work under one individual product. Now in many cases it is fully automatic, and in some areas live staff is still irreplaceable.

Augmented reality applications will provide the workers with visual displaying of the parts and details to assemble, information about necessary instruments for every stage. They may highlight the finished pieces, give the whole 3D instruction. And what is even more important, AR devices like smart glasses enables hands-free work.

Training

Each new product or improvement of an old one is accompanied by the instruction to assembly. AR applications can be used for both to train the new workers and to help experienced employees to cope with new instructions.

Manufactures have long complained of the difficulty of finding qualified workers among today’s prospects. At the same time, they’re hesitant to invest in training due to job-hopping. There’s also the issue of how quickly skill set needs change. By delivering information to workers on the manufacturing floor, AR can dramatically reduce time spent in the classroom. AR also plays an increasingly important role in helping both new and experienced workers learn new skills and more quickly transition between new or different jobs.

AR training in production helps:

  • cut the time of preparing the new workers;
  • increase the quality of work due to each employee has all necessary information in his hand
  • prevent the failures.

Accuracy

Augmented reality in manufacturing s going to help to improve the quality too. From time to time, the market has to deal with product returns, which, of course, means huge losses. Augmented reality in the quality control in the first place brings these risks down. It can diagnose each stage of the working process.

Many AR eyeglasses use depth and motion sensors and cameras to overlay images onto a task being performed, allowing workers to see such things as part numbers, renderings, instructions and next steps. This eliminates the time-consuming task of accessing printed manuals and instructions while working on a machine or assembly task. Speaking of instructions, they can be updated digitally in real-time, helping to ensure workers have only the best, most accurate information. QR codes can be incorporated into AR functionality, too; manufacturers can scan them and access how-to videos, critical updates and other relevant information.

Maintenance

Any maintenance is all about speed and accuracy. Besides said production stages, augmented reality in manufacturing can assist the maintenance of equipment. Machines break. It’s a fact of manufacturing life. And the resulting cost — in loss of opportunity and in actual repairs — can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. AR can help by simplifying the diagnostic process and by providing real-time, step-by-step instructions to get you back up and running. And because AR can speed up and simplify what is traditionally a laborious inspection process, keeping machines properly inspected and in top condition is less of a chore.

Whether through apps or specialized AR glasses, manufacturers are able to overlay instructions and other helpful information to guide the assembly and maintenance process.

Conclusion

As we can see, the potential of augmented reality in manufacturing is extensive. We can apply various AR tools during the whole product life-cycle. The technology is cost beneficial, scalable and worth trying out in any kind of production today.