The Adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) in the Manufacturing Sector
Published by : Industrial Automation
Augmented Reality (AR) expanding its application across different industry verticals, instead to stick with the entertainment sector. Augmented Reality has great potential to accelerate the market position worldwide through increase adoption and applications in manufacturing.
Benefits of Augmented Reality (AR) for Manufacturing
Time-efficient – the adoption of AR apps and technology on the manufacturing plant floor, the work can be executed faster and more safely based on the real-world environment. This reduces the dependency on the interpreting schematics by revealing clear guidance and instructions related to processes. Also, it can ensure maintenance and productivity in the manufacturing plant through continuous monitoring of the process and diagnosed in real-time with affecting the production.
Reduce Production Downtime – Human errors can widely create a possibility for production downtime in terms of the breakdown of machinery. Through AR it reduces the production downtime continuously identifying errors in the process and solution suggestion to maintain an efficient production process.
Improve Training Effectiveness – The incorporation of AR in business processes enables the potential to transform the way training is conducted by manufacturing companies for their employees or engineers. It can provide a level of immersion and on-the-job training that contributes to more effective learning and further enhance the degree of freedom, without the fear shutdown.
Augmented Reality (AR) Applications in Manufacturing Sector
Product Assembly – AR is initially and widely used in the product assembly application in manufacturing plants owing to meet the requirement of the modern assembly line and cumbersome assembly of products. AR enables the understanding of step-by-step instructions specified by the officials and further carried out through the AR headset, which results in an assembly line to operate quickly, work hands-free, and respond to issues with up-to-date information.
Equipment Maintenance – The assembly executes a lot of works and creates a possibility of breakdown. AR reduces the risk of breakdown through continuous monitoring and used to maintain and repair the equipment involved. Also, the engineers using AR headsets to quickly address maintenance problems and keep factory downtime to a minimum.
Instant Support – The ability to provide instant support during the time of emergency during the production process in the manufacturing plants. The traditional method was physical presence support, while remote support is the requirement of current modern plants to maintain operations at different points that are possible through the use of AR headsets.
Quality Assurance – Quality Assurance is the key to any manufacturing plant and could be greatly advanced with the introduction of AR technology. AR use can highlight digital overlays onto products and inconsistencies. AR is expected to widely enhance the rectification process by allowing technicians to identify even the most minor of issues with a greater degree of accuracy.
In summary, the companies in the manufacturing sector are widely adopting augmented reality (AR) to stay ahead of the competition. Also, its ability to reduce costs and increase production capacity, along with reduces production mistakes and improving overall product quality is expected to raise the demand for the adoption of augmented reality (AR) in the manufacturing sector in the coming years.