Tech Revolution 2022: Benefits of AR/VR in Manufacturing
Lately, the otherwise conventionally run manufacturing industry has undergone a paradigm shift on the technology front. Customers and consumers have become more demanding than ever. As a result, albeit gradually, manufacturers worldwide have begun realizing the significance of integrating intelligent technologies.
AR VR in the Manufacturing Industry
Precisely, that has made the manufacturing industry ticking. The pressing need to stay ahead and outperform competitors encourages manufacturers to embrace new technologies. As a result, manufacturers have become more technology-driven, value-oriented, and competent.
The entry of AR/VR forms a vital part of the new tech revolution that the manufacturing industry continues to witness. It has added new dimensions to the manufacturing sector across various facets, including quality, troubleshooting, cost-efficiency, etc. Accordingly, let’s look at five benefits of AR/VR in manufacturing.
5 Benefits of AR/VR in Manufacturing
1. Simplified Assembly Process Training
Manufacturing constitutes an intricate web of processes, workflows, and mechanisms that require the highest levels of attention and accuracy to ensure compliance with the standard operating procedure. Lack of effective training may cause employees to err with the assembly workflow. It may lead to a potentially higher degree of damage, thereby increasing cost implications, let alone the increased risk on the manufacturer’s part.
However, AR can help enhance the effectiveness of training. It can help manufacturers train new employees on the assembly workflow. The use of AR-powered training resources (such as videos) can help them visualize and understand the process performed across every step on the shop-floor, without even visiting the floor or giving rise to safety risks. Trainees can watch and learn every step performed through the AR video.
2. Accelerated Prototyping and Design
Innovations are at the nucleus of the modern manufacturing realm. However, what matters as much as innovation is how quickly you innovate and how effectively you explain it to the prospect.
For instance, VR reduces the time between the initial design and physical modeling from weeks to a few days. The use of AR/VR either reduces or completely eliminates the need to create physical prototypes. Prospects would have a better and deeper look at the virtual prototype than the actual one, thus enabling them to have a better understanding of the prototype. Getting a better idea of the actual product is pretty evident thereafter
3. Simplified Maintenance
Manufacturing companies can use AR to manage, maintain and repair equipment involved in the production process. Conventionally, an employee would use an age-old manual to identify issues and then take the necessary actions. However, leveraging AR would eliminate the need to use traditional manuals. Wearing an AR wearable device can cut down the time incurred in researching the issue, identifying it, and then working on it. It would help the technician visualize the problem better and then fix it accordingly.
4. Better Quality Assurance
In manufacturing, quality assurance is as significant as the manufacturing process itself. However, current QA demands a meticulous human vision to identify problems and report them. But AR can help here significantly. It can help project digital overlays of products and identify errors and defects. The quality assurance team wouldn’t have to deep dive into the product details themselves. AR would make it pretty easier, quicker, and more effective to identify even the smallest of issues in a more accelerated manner.
For example, a defect in a machine customized to the customer’s requirements would require an eye for detail. But AR would simplify identifying minor yet critical gaps almost instantly for the technician to work on it.
5. Enhanced Technical Support
Support is another significant aspect of the manufacturing industry. Customers expect prompt and effective support (preferably onsite!) from their manufacturing partners to keep their equipment up and running.
But rendering onsite support can take time and incur travel costs. Sometimes, it is almost impossible for outstation manufacturers to provide support as instantly as the customer would ideally expect.
Here, AR plays a significant role with the help of telecommuting. Technical experts and product specialists can work together and remotely review the actual problem. They can virtually guide the engineers to help them fix the problem appropriately, without traveling to the site and practically, without any delays.
Custom AR/VR Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry with Qodequay Technologies
While AR/VR proves a competent and convenient solution for the manufacturing industry. The journey to integrating AR/VR becomes even more comfortable when you have Qodequay with you. Qodequay Technologies provides customized and more meaningful AR/VR solutions for manufacturing companies.
Qodequay’s AR/VR solutions are carefully crafted after a comprehensive review of the existing manufacturing process and the need to enhance the functioning of the various verticals of the company. The solutions focus on providing better visual insights into a particular concern and help manufacturing players increase competence.
To know more about Qodequay’s AR/VR solutions, write to Contact@qodequay.com.