How AR brings change in manufacturing ?

Augmented Reality
  • April 26, 2021
  • 7 min to read

The demand for better and faster technology is rising every day every minute. Modern technologies are not just developing faster than ever — they are also being adopted more quickly than ever. For instance, who would have thought that the cabled telephones we used years ago would be in our pockets one day and that too in a much smarter form? 

One such technology today is Augmented Reality. It is shaping the world in new and exciting ways. It provides clear direction on how things will look and work in the real world and helps us to simplify and enhance our practices. Today, Augmented Reality (AR) is set in motion across multiple industries – and for a greater good. 

But in the last few months, the whole world has faced an unprecedented challenge in the form of COVID-19. The operations of countless businesses and manufacturing industries have scaled back to such an extent as if they have been paralyzed. 

Today, it is challenging for employees – mainly those who work for industries to cope with such dilemmas, and what to even talk about the companies which have worldwide employee populations and client bases? 

During this time of skepticism and economic downturn, ensuring the workforce’s health is the highest priority of institutions. The full or partial closing of the businesses could last for quite some time now. Thus, it is a critical time, especially for the manufacturing sector, to remain intact while running on a skeleton staff and even lessened expenses. Now, it is not just a matter of hard work alone, but instead a matter of working smarter. 

After all, we can’t go on living like this, right? 

After this pandemic is over, the recovery path may be challenging for many companies due to certain factors. These include again setting up the production from scratch amongst new people due to whatever workforce was lost, retraining them, bouncing back the productivity to normal, and filling the communication gaps across different teams and environments. 

When we observe the current state of being, the consumption pattern has risen, indicating an increase in the consumption of products. This has created an increase in the demand of products. This has further created an opportunity for the manufacturing sector to bounce back. At the same time, business ecosystems are getting highly supported by nations, as realization came for self-reliance as a fundamental issue in these struggling times. Companies have also experienced an emergent need to be sustainable. Now it has started becoming an operative aim. But these opportunities demand changes in the way organizations work. Companies are shifting their production bases, new demographics are involved, increasing requirements for training, installation, inspection and expert consultancy. With these changes, Automation has become a priority. It has become an hour. With the changing stances, the manufacturing sector is expected to take advanced steps for building sustainable businesses. 

After this pandemic is over, the recovery path may be challenging for many companies due to certain factors. These include again setting up the production from scratch amongst new people due to whatever workforce was lost, retraining them, bouncing back the productivity to normal, and filling the communication gaps across different teams and environments. 

How can AR be a silver bullet for the manufacturing sector? 

Manufacturers often have second thoughts about these new technologies from an investment point of view, worrying if it would make a tangible return or not. The truth is that AR can genuinely benefit the manufacturing industry, especially right now. Here are several use cases of AR in manufacturing. Let’s sink our teeth into it. 

  • Maintenance:AR can have a significant impact in maintenance processes as it has the capability to influence performance, productivity and quality. Tracking and documenting your work and sharing it with the team gets quick and easier. The superimposed images as well as information are of a great help in enhancing the field of view of engineers. This simplifies the process of accessing and repairing an asset. By reducing human error, breakdowns, downtime, cost, and by increasing fix rates, compliances, and speed, AR has already proven its mettle in this domain.
  • Repair:AR comes with a visual interface that removes the need of going on-site for repairs. The time required to pay an actual visit is replaced with an instant access to repair manual, resources and step-by-step information to address a repair need. Additionally, the ability of a technician to identify and solve a problem gets faster and requires less efforts.
  • Operation:Companies like Boeing have successfully tested AR in their factories and established that the usage of AR has multiple benefits like a real-time, hands-free and interactive 3D experience. Their studies have shown 90% improvement in first-time quality and 30% reduction in time spent during a job. 
  • Manufacturing training:Using AR/VR is an excellent way to merge next-gen technology with hands-on learning, training, and guidance during this pandemic. Training through AR/VR significantly enhances and speeds up training processes. AR can even help newly appointed employees learn quicker. 
  • Automotive industry:AR in automotive manufacturing has many applications and this has been made evident to the entire world by the German car manufacturers. AR is beingutilised in the entire manufacturing chain, from design to construction, simulation and presentation of results, production, etc. 

Most manufacturing units have experts who have essential knowledge and are consulted for all sorts of queries and problems. But, as a result of the Coronavirus’s dramatic spread, we are forced to maintain Social Distancing. Thus, onsite workers can connect to the offsite skilled colleagues through Augmented Reality glasses and get remote assistance to solve their concerns for better continuity of the work and rapid solutions. 

AR links video chat with annotation-sharing tools. Thus, you and a partner can virtually highlight details of an object and conduct multi-step solutions guidance. This minimizes our travel trouble. AR applications help you when you need troubleshooting or specialist advice for any extraordinary situations that are not met in training or service manuals. 

  • Automation– the key to sustainable business requires a technological foundation – AR. The immersive technology and smart algorithms make it easier to operate with the set goals. 

AR also lets maintenance technicians guide the workers through particular fixes or any preventative steps. Companies can use AR to let the crew see precisely which machines or equipment need repairing rather than relying on the best guesses. This cuts down the expense of unnecessary regular maintenance ensuring healthy asset life. AR/VR technology can also be used for product demonstrations to engage customers by a virtual walkthrough of the product in detail. Picture a situation where you can bring not just the product to life but the product experience too. With the accuracy in production the latest AR technology provides better product quality and minimize errors in products. This further accentuates in capturing customer loyalty and extending company goodwill. 

Why PLUTOMEN ARMS – Remote Assistance & Collaboration Tool is the best choice for you?

  • It is an easy-to-use and a great support tool to connect for support or training, that helps the workforce to communicate from a distance but work as if they are together. 
  • Video & Voice Calls to connect with technical experts by leveraging augmented reality based remote assistance. This would enable essential operations of industries in real-time, and any other upgrades or repairs. 
  • AR-enabled collaboration from both sides for inspection purposes to facilitate the processes and reduce the error rate. 
  • AR-based 3D annotations to correctly see the real world objects virtually in the real world and provide any safety instructions of tools to the workforce before use. 
  • Centralized user management and dashboard analytics provide the decision makers with the data to strategize systematically. 

To help your businesses stay safe and connected during this challenging time, Plutomen Technologies is offering free access to PLUTOMEN ARMS – Remote Assistance & Collaboration Tool, for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.AR tools are an effective method to serve customers in a better way during this national health emergency. Even in the long-term, it can help you improve the workflow and advance the outcome. Workers can accomplish tasks efficiently and remotely, which will diminish health risks while preserving productivity. What else do we need? 

Don’t get left in the cold. Reach out to us via call or email to talk about how our VR and AR technology can help your people and your organization