How AR will disrupt the manufacturing industry

An industrial process aims to produce a product in large quantities while being as profitable as possible. One of the recurring problems in the industrial sector is the optimization of deadlines and budgets. Immersive technologies are increasingly finding their place in the industry, whether it is virtual reality thanks to increasingly accessible headsets. Augmented reality will revolutionize the industry, I would even say that it has already begun. This technology aims to reduce production downtime and quickly identify problems and maintain services and processes.

Augmented reality makes it possible to superimpose various information on reality. It is then possible to visualize the necessary assembly steps and the finished product. For the industry, it is easier to use the augmented reality glasses that are in full development.

One of the biggest challenges in the industry is security, and those mainly during new recruitments since new recruits are not familiar with protocols, equipment and procedures, this can create security problems. Thanks to augmented reality equipment, inexperienced staff can be trained, informed and protected, without the need for additional supervisory staff. Augmented reality applications can be updated when machines change or malfunctions are noticed. This device can also be used to train future engineers or industrial maintenance agents. A way to train quickly and better, to be able to welcome recruits in optimal conditions and in complete safety. Similar applications can be used for maintenance, diagnosis of weak points, worn parts, previous repairs

In terms of logistics, the classic process is to check the information, find the necessary product(s), digitize it, return it, deliver it to the loading dock and finally validate the order. This process requires a lot of handling and is tedious. One could imagine a tool in the back and connected that indicates where the product is located and will transmit the necessary information to the right person. The new process would then be to take the product and deliver it to the person concerned. A way to speed up the process and generate the necessary data.

Augmented reality can also be of great help for product design and development. Traditional methods of designing a product and making a prototype are the result of a long process, several revisions are necessary. And exchanges between stakeholders take time. After that you have to add all the settings to go to production. Augmented reality can remove part of the process or at least accelerate it. This technology makes it possible to limit the comings and goings and to visualize ideas and products more quickly before they are realized. In this way, it is possible to anticipate possible problems and propose various manufacturing options by testing augmented reality, which is the most relevant.

Augmented reality can be used beyond the company’s premises, particularly for customer service. The technology allows the components of a complex assembly to be visualized without disassembling the product, which can be useful for buyers.

The uses of augmented reality in the industry are numerous, here are only a few options offered by this technology. By combining augmented reality with artificial intelligence, we can imagine an infinite number of solutions to simplify the industrial task and secure environment.

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