All over the world today, Augmented reality is now used to enhance various sectors of Production. As an emerging technology, Augmented reality (AR) is set to improve Manufacturing processes, especially in the oil and gas sector.

In Nigeria today, most applications for augmented reality are still in their infancy, but they do have great potential.

Augmented reality has the ability to present much more than digital characters or images. This amazing feature can foster seamless manufacturing processes.

Now, we shall look at the various ways Augmented Reality can improve mAnufacturing in this era.

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Ways Augmented Reality (AR) Can Improve Manufacturing

There are so many processes involved in the manufacturing world that could be made shorter and easier with the use of Augmented Reality.

With the right technology – companies can improve the efficiency of their operations by reducing the downtime of machinery and logistics costs required to bring additional maintenance personnel on-site.

In the manufacturing industry, AR technology overlays virtual information or images onto employees’ view of real objects.

For instance, AR could be used to provide real-time, in-view instructions or data to technicians performing tasks on the factory floor. The effective application of AR has the greatest potential when applied to the business areas of operations, maintenance, training, and error prevention.

As a result, more companies are using augmented reality (AR) to improve operations in workforce training and equipment maintenance.

Here are some ways in which AR plays a significant role in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing Processes:

#1 Visualize Machinery Data

The beauty of augmented reality is the ability to present much more than digital characters or images. Using this technology, you can also overlay instructions, statistics, and information. For example, looking at a piece of equipment through an augmented reality device could overlay important data related to it, such as its current performance, output, and temperature.

The RealWear HMT-1Z1 (intrinsically safe) headset, has already been deployed in some manufacturing facilities for this reason. However, one of the most beneficial areas of its use is to help solve problems related to maintenance.

#2 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 wearables attached to a helmet. The AR wearables resemble a modern version of the original Google Glass. These wearables give the worker a better view of his work as he can easily access the information needed for the machine he might be working with.

#3 AR in training

AR can also be an effective tool for training new technicians and designing plant upgrades.

Technicians on the floor no longer need to memorize thousands of processes and how-tos. For Example, if a new plant or equipment is to be installed, they can use AR to place it right into the scene to determine if it will fit, how it will function with the flow of the other equipment, and whether it provides an efficient workspace.

With the advent of Augmented Reality, manuals are no longer built with word documents. Instead, they are built with AR.

#4 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. The AR glasses also make working and installations a lot easier in manufacturing plants.

#5 AR for Inspection and Maintenance

AR can develop task time in detecting errors for industrial inspection and maintenance.

More and more companies have installed AR technology to improve quality control and increase efficiency at its installation and inspection facilities since 2011.

A very important tool for inspection in manufacturing plants is the Supply Augmented Reality Tool (SART). This tool permits maintenance personnel to identify faulty parts requiring repair using digitally enabled overlays on real system components.

If your manufacturing company faces production downtime due to your machines breaking down, it could cost your company a lot of money.

But with the help of augmented reality devices, your team can hurriedly identify the flaw and prevent the downtime from ever occurring.

By having AR apps on your mobile devices, your team is able to visually identify the problem on the shop floor and resolve it there and then.

Why Incorporate Augmented Reality?

AR helps facilities become more efficient by empowering hands-on workers.

By connecting these workers with the instructions, reference materials, and real-time information needed to do their jobs, technicians with no prior experience completing a complex task can quickly match the performance of veterans and even work faster with fewer errors.

This not only helps close the skills gap, but it also increases the value each worker adds to the business without disrupting their routine or requiring burdensome training.

Conclusion

AR could benefit your manufacturing company if it has an operating model that requires many tech-savvy workers to complete a multitude of complex tasks.

At IngresQR, we ensure that industrial workers are supported by and trained with the latest technology, thus making them more efficient and prepared than ever before.

We can guide you through the full implementation of AR in your company – from conceptualization to developing and testing prototypes to business model analysis to transferring knowledge for autonomous in-house development of AR applications.