Augmented reality and mixed reality, when integrated with the data stream produced by connected line equipment, will allow workers to analyze performance in real-time, troubleshoot problems faster, and prevent significant downtime for unanticipated repairs.

FREMONT, CA: Manufacturers today are depending on advanced technologies to allow workers to onboard and upskill quicker and effectively in this fast-changing talent landscape. In smart factory infrastructure, technologies like augmented reality (AR), 3D work instructions, and contextualized data analytics aid experienced and new workers in enhancing performance and creating a broader set of technical skills.

Here are four ways how technology will change the manufacturing workforce

3D Work Instructions

3D work instructions allow users to learn as they navigate a real work environment instead of learning from a textbook. New employees can have a reference ready to assist them on the job with 3D instructions inserted over MR's production line. Old employees can utilize these learning tools to allow them to update their skills while at work continually.

Technology-centric Roles Captivate Next Generation of Talent

Factories are becoming the hub of innovative technological development with the integration of AR, MR, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A new training approach that incorporates technology and experiential learning makes the manufacturing industry ripe to onboard the new generation of digital natives.

Augmented and Mixed Reality

The industrial space has adopted AR and mixed reality (MR) on a broader scale to enhance training in essential areas like safety, maintenance, and quality assurance. As this environment continues to grow during the technological and regulatory changes, improved training will optimize the move to flexible production models. AR and MR, when integrated with the data stream produced by connected line equipment, will allow workers to study performance in real-time, troubleshoot problems faster, and prevent significant downtime for unanticipated repairs.

Contextualized Data and Analytics

Industrial workers will soon become data-centric as each equipment is connected to the factory network. With the correct data in their hands, workers can move to proactive programs that tackle small issues before it does more significant damage. They have a better and extensive view of factory operations, better prepared to maximize time, and develop crucial data-centric problem-solving skills with data streams customized and contextualized for every role.

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