Over the past few years, Augmented Reality has arrived in the industrial world! Many people think that Augmented Reality is developing only in the video games field… But it’s a mistake! Today, it is in the industrial world that it has taken a great place. Augmented Reality is being deployed and represents an important point for the digitalization of industries…
Augmented reality, what is it?
The concept of augmented reality consists in adding virtual elements in the user’s field of vision. With an Augmented Reality headset, the user can see what is in front of him, with other elements digitally added to the reality he is looking at. Augmented Reality is also available with smartphones and tablets, or with a pair of glasses. The main advantage of glasses is that it immerses us in the real world while keeping our hands free.
Many industries have adopted Augmented Reality to facilitate the development and manufacturing of their products. The use of Augmented Reality can accelerate the entire production chain.
In one sentence, Augmented Reality integrates real-time, three-dimensional digital elements into an existing environment.
One of the pillars of Industry 4.0 is Augmented Reality
Today, industrial Augmented Reality has become the pillar of this new digital revolution. It allows us to rediscover the professions of industry by simplifying and automating many tasks. Beyond providing a user experience, industrial Augmented Reality allows to fluidify the interactions between production lines and to improve productivity.
With Industrial Augmented Reality, it is quite possible to make a virtual machine, and even a whole production line, appear in an empty room. We will be able to see it running live and control it. The virtual factory makes it possible to deploy production units and test them before they even exist.
And Augmented Reality has great advantages for the industry:
- Work Faster and Smarter: With Industrial Augmented Reality, engineers will be able to improve the way they work by visualizing digital information superimposed on the real environment. The use of Industrial Augmented Reality in the manufacturing sector allows maintenance and productivity to be monitored and scrutinized throughout the manufacturing process. Problems can be quickly identified and addressed in real time, without slowing down production.
- Accessing real-time data: In manufacturing processes, one of the main problems is accessing accurate and up-to-date data. To find documents, engineers must interrupt their work, search for parts and browse a database. With industrial AR, essential information (inventory, delivery times, characteristics…) can be accessed in real time without interrupting the production flow.
- Reduce production downtime and minimize errors: Production stoppages caused by human error or machine failure can be costly for industrial companies. Industrial Augmented Reality helps to identify errors and suggest solutions more quickly and efficiently.
Using Augmented Reality allows industrial companies to stay ahead of the competition. By implementing it, companies can reduce costs and increase production, while minimizing errors and improving overall quality.
Discover 5 points to optimize your industrial production thanks to virtual reality:
Augmented reality and virtual reality make it possible to optimize industrial processes, from design to the marketing of the finished product:
- Design and manufacture of industrial machinery
3D models are outstanding preview tools. They allow you to make sure that all the necessary checks have been made before moving on to final production. You can check the correct assembly of parts, identify errors in the creation of a prototype, have a preview of the finished industrial product and also the choice of options. Collaborative work is put forward! The use of these 3D tools in industry facilitates task allocation and work distribution.
- Augmented simulation
With the appropriate calculations and modelling, 3D simulation is able to identify the industrial feasibility of the project before developing prototypes. Thanks to industrial Augmented Reality, the physical integrity and functional characteristics of a non-existent component can be simulated and transported to the real world to verify that the product meets expectations.
- 3D industrial maintenance
3D industrial maintenance allows a safe maintenance operation to be carried out in a situation where there is a high risk for the employee. Augmented reality allows to put the technician in front of the machine. He is guided in his operations by the information that appears digitally. This is an asset to gain in safety and efficiency.
- An advantage in the field of training
Augmented reality offers several possibilities for training industrial teams. Both for assembly and maintenance, Augmented Reality allows to train but also to support operators in their work. Thanks to the interactivity and immersion of Augmented Reality, the user has a better understanding of the process or the work environment.
Augmented Reality can capture and script any situation. It is possible to create very difficult situations to set up for a simple demonstration, allowing technicians to make the right gestures at the right time, the day they find themselves facing the situation in question.
- Industrial marketing
Augmented Reality and Marketing make the pair! Between the virtual visit of a factory, the visualization of a project, the presentation of an industrial project to customers, implementation studies… Augmented Reality has a great marketing utility and the benefits are numerous! With the help of a tailor-made application, industrialists can show their products with an industrial augmented catalogue. Customers can project themselves more easily, the company shows its innovation, the products are valued and above all, sales are facilitated!
Investing in Industrial Augmented Reality now makes sense! Between manufacturing, simulation, maintenance, training and industrial marketing… Today, we can say that the virtual factory is a reality in all departments of a company! According to a Harvard Business Review study, by 2027 more than 75% of large companies will have disappeared. Your future is in your hands, enter this industrial revolution now.