Industrial augmented reality applications can drive value across the enterprise value chain and throughout a product’s lifecycle. Analyst research indicates that industrial AR applications offer easy deployment and a rapid ROI when deployed for specific solutions, particularly for manufacturing, service, and marketing and sales use cases.
Product complexity and the workforce skills gap increase the potential for human error and an unsafe work environment. Immersive AR experiences push back against these challenges with in-context, stepby-step instructions that boost safety, agility, and productivity for front-line workers.
As the industrial skills gap continues to widen, traditional training methods will not be sufficient to bring new workers up to speed quickly and effectively. AR accelerates the process of turning new hires into competent, effective workers.
Seasoned career experts are likely the most valuable human capital resource in your organisation. Unsurprisingly, they are usually in short supply and their expertise is expensive to utilise. AR can extend the reach and value of these experts in exciting ways. A class of AR solutions, like PTC’s Vuforia Expert Capture, facilitate the first-person recording of experts at work, allowing them to turn their expertise into a consumable, reusable knowledge asset—capable of training and guiding newer workers. Knowledge can be easily captured and scaled across the enterprise.
Remote assistance solutions enable experts to collaboratively solve problems by virtually connecting with less-seasoned colleagues through AR-enhanced video-sharing technology. As products grow more complex and competition requires industries to become more agile, these solutions help extract more value from your experts, without overtaxing individuals.
Product visualisation is a cornerstone of AR. The ability to present a full-scale digital representation of physical products can solve several challenges.
When correctly implemented, industrial AR can have a transformative effect for any company. Specifically, AR has proven to improve processes and outcomes through a more effective, technical workforce. Digital transformation initiatives that include industrial AR can lead to increases in productivity, reduced waste, and safety and compliance improvements. Leading industrial companies are turning AR investments into real-world gains. With adoption easier than ever, the time to get started is now.
Design review and demonstration have become increasingly important for product development and sales. However, there are several obstacles that can prevent a company from fully realising their product’s potential.
ABI Research explores how Augmented Reality improves product development and sales in three key areas:
• Product Visualisation and Interaction: Reduce the time required to design, iterate and sell products
• Real-Time Collaboration and Remote Service: Reduce travel costs via AR- enabled communication
• Workflow Guidance: Increase worker efficiency and reduce error rates