Augmented reality (AR) is transforming the landscape of advanced manufacturing sector, and the technology is set to make a significant impact to training and maintenance.  

FREMONT, CA: Almost two centuries ago, Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, explained virtual reality as existence within our minds, rather than the physical world. Nowadays, virtual reality (VR) is an established technology that has been deployed in various industries, including marketing, gaming, and manufacturing. But now the question arise what about augmented reality? 

A large number of suppliers are using augmented reality (AR) to improve operations in workforce training and equipment maintenance. Here are some ways in which AR will play a significant role in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing as the technology continues to improve:

AR Hardware on the Factory Floor

The idea behind the industrial AR gear is to immerse the industrial plant personnel with digital data from technical documents and streaming video to help in monitoring manufacturing processes or help in troubleshooting control systems. RealWear has introduced headsets that include all the hardware components to a pair of glasses attached to a helmet. The AR glasses resemble a modern version of the original Google Glass. 

AR for Productivity

To increase the productivity of employees on a variety of installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting tasks, AR will be deployed in wearable devices used in industries. The real power behind using wearable AR devices within industrial and manufacturing settings is that it can deliver accurate data when needed. The AR headset improves the technician's wiring performance by more than 30 percent.

AR for Inspection and Maintenance

AR can develop task time in detecting errors for industrial inspection and maintenance. Some of the organizations have installed AR technology to improve quality control and increase efficiency at its installation and inspection facilities since 2011. The Supply Augmented Reality Tool (SART) permits maintenance personnel to identify faulty parts requiring repair using digitally enabled overlays on real system components.