What Can Augmented Reality Do For Manufacturing

3 Ways Augmented Reality in Manufacturing Will Revolutionise The Industry

Augmented Reality has already exceeded over 2,000 AR apps on over 1.4 billion active iOS devices. Even if on a rudimentary level, the technology is now permeating the consumer products space.

AR aims to produce efficient operations by cutting down production downtime, quickly identifying the problems and keeping all the services and processes going. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways in which Augmented Reality can make the manufacturing industry the best it has ever been in years.

Product Design

Augmented reality can be used in designing cars or planes, or any other product, which has difficult construction. And under the word “design” means not only the aesthetic side. 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:

  1. Better feedback. AR gives the opportunity to connect designed objects with physical products. It provides both visual and digital data, which help to improve design itself.
  2. Better preview. 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 mockups costs.
  3. 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.

Complex Assembly

Modern manufacturing involves putting together hundreds and thousands of pieces in complex assemblies at quickly as possible. Whether you’re manufacturing the latest smartphone or the world’s largest airliners, assembly instructions need to be followed.

With 130 miles worth of wiring in every new Boeing 747-8 Freighter, this world-leading aviation giant eases the task with smart glasses and the Skylight platform from Upskill. Skylight is a wearable technology that gives Boeing technicians the instructions they need right in their viewfinder. With voice command capabilities and bar code readers, this is a huge time saver that has improved productivity, produced higher quality, and better ergonomics.

The result? Boeing has cut wiring production time by 25% and reduced error rates effectively to zero. With no room for error when building an airliner, Boeing takes an array of measures in ensuring that aircrafts are built to the highest standards.

Training

Digital twin technology can be combined with AR in manufacturing settings to create virtual clones of a physical asset, providing a dynamic, digital model to show technicians how to service and repair machines on the factory floor. This kind of immersive AR experience lets businesses put in place a more dynamic and cost-effective maintenance training program.

For example, Jaguar Land Rover worked with Bosch using the Reflekt One (Bosch Cap) software to create an iPad app that provides X-ray images of the Range Rover Sport vehicle’s dashboard. This lets them train employees to repair the vehicle without removing, then later reinstalling, the dashboard.

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