Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Large and small manufacturers are exploring Augmented Reality in Manufacturing in 2017. The BIG question: is this technology making an industrial difference yet?

Manufactures are building toward a full-scaled deployment, but DAQRI smart glasses are a step ahead, having introduced their product in December of 2016. They’re one of a handful of new pieces of hardware capable of driving greater adoption of Augmented Reality in Manufacturing in 2017.  You may have already read about them in this article: Companies Are Experimenting With AR Glasses In The Supply Chain

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It is understood that some companies are uncertain about Augmented Reality in Manufacturing and where to invest; many know they want this tech, but are hesitant on proceeding in the seemingly irregular ecosystem. Therefore, providers are struggling to find customers, and technology readiness is somewhat unclear. HOWEVER, once a plan is put in place, you can turn more attention toward the fun gear and amazing AR solutions. Let’s explore the AR learning curve…

Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

“Just like the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation can shed light on general best practices, the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance, or AREA, focuses on helping manufacturers who want to delve deeper into AR.” Industry Week

Patrick RyanTake a helpful glimpse into the past, December of 1890 to be exact… Engineering Manager at Newport News Shipbuilding, Patrick Ryan, shares the story about the maiden hull, 90-foot tugboat named Dorothy… READ STORY…

Augmented Reality in Manufacturing Overview:

  • Augmented Reality in Manufacturing is going to transform how people and technology interact
  • The use of AR smart glasses allow for operating information or tasks to appear at a glance when an employee turns his gaze to certain spots on the floor
  • Accessing information instantaneously can trim time for tasks
  • AR has a learning curve, so experimentation and research helps

Patrick Ryan also shares some guidelines for successfully weaving AR into the manufacturing process:

  1. Introduce it first in areas “where it creates the most value and (where) it can actually be subjective.” In some instances, that means helping workers become more efficient. In others, cutting down on errors or beefing up safety is the focus.
  2. Balance the needs of workers against the capability of the AR solution. By its very name, AR is intended to provide a supplement to what we see and do, not replace folks on the floor.
  3. Implement and test potential solutions only after fully defining use cases and culling data. More often than not, potential use cases wind up on the cutting room floor.

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