There’s no denying the fact that we live in an age where information is the greatest enabler. Every facet of human life today is influenced by information technology in various forms. To reap the benefits of the modern technological marvels, industrial establishments to have embraced technology in its many forms. This amalgamation of information and data science with modern manufacturing and fabrication processes has given rise to the concept of Industry 4.0. It is represented as the next industrial revolution where smart technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) play a crucial role in the manufacturing process.
What Does AR Offer?
AR is essentially a technological innovation in which virtual imagery is overlaid on real-world visuals. This has the effect of enhancing any real-world object with advanced information drawn from digital sources. In this way, the user can glean information in real-time from digital data and apply it to real-world scenarios. AR has a distinct advantage over its more celebrated cousin VR (Virtual Reality) in that AR is semi-immersive; that is to say that unlike in VR where the user operates in an entirely computer-generated world, AR augments interaction with real-world objects. And this can have profound implications in the manufacturing industry. How AR Enhances Industry 4.0.
So, AR has proven to be of immense value to Industry 4.0. Being the best way to communicate relevant and pertinent information for industrial workers in a real-time setting, AR has contributed to enhancing the industry of the future and has created more efficient work processes.
The following are some of the many ways in which AR can be used in the modern industrial setting.
The training of new personnel is one of the most resource-consuming tasks in any industrial setting. Recruits are often unfamiliar with established rules and safety protocols; this can lead to serious incidents in the workplace. Using AR, new personnel can be provided real-time instructions and guidance, thus increasing communication and minimizing training time without compromising safety.
Manual checks are one of the most time-consuming processes of modern logistics. Using AR, this process can be fully automated; this leads to the reduction of errors, together with resource savings and monetary benefits.
AR enhances the maintenance process by supplying crews with up-to-date information, potential issues, and detailed service history of the equipment in question.
VSight Remote Applications
At VSight, we are firmly grounded in today’s reality, with an eye to the future. Deploying Industrial Augmented Reality applications to many world-leading manufacturing companies, we aim to be the world leader in AR in the manufacturing space.