To stay on top of the business, an increasing number of enterprises are equipping their manufacturing services with a collection of remote sensors, robots, cameras, meters, and controls.

FREMONT, CA: Today’s industrial workforce can witness and do things that were unattainable a decade ago. Augmented reality (AR), a pioneering digital technology, is both improving what people can see and how they can utilize that additional information to carry out specific tasks. All devices, whether mechanical or electronic, needs maintenance. Keeping up with the continuously changing conditions of the equipment, along with the issues affecting materials, production quality, inventories, and physical security, is a considerable challenge.

To stay on top of the business, an increasing number of enterprises are equipping their manufacturing services with a collection of remote sensors, robots, cameras, meters, and controls. The internet connects all the tools and to the centralized monitoring stations. Together, those devices comprise the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and are at the center of digitally-enabled manufacturing plants. AR, on the other hand, allows expert technicians, even located miles away, to help workers solve machine problems, strengthening the power of local staff to create real value.

AR starts with a user looking at images onscreen. They can originate either from a local IIoT tool or from their handheld camera. What appears on their screen—PC, phone, tablet, or even smart glasses—is augmented with additional visual data. The new information can be overlaid from a computer, displaying related graphics or highlighting particular items of interest in the viewing area so the person on-site can more swiftly and efficiently recognize them.

Qualified inspections of scheduled repairs, maintenance work, or troubleshooting diagnostics, even if a person is far away, can be conducted by specialized experts from a central location without the need for onsite visits. Additionally, there is no need to wait for a breakdown to occur. Glitches can be detected by IIoT sensors and repaired proactively, reducing unplanned downtimes. The same remotely connected AR platform employed for inspections and repairs can also become the base for other high-value initiatives like training.

While early adopters have paved the path, others are now comprehending they must act quickly or face the risk of missing on the remarkable competitive edge that the coupling of IIoT with AR now offers. As they come about, the unexpected promise of a digitally modified economy will become a substantial reality.

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