By Andrew Gunder, DCMME Graduate Assistant

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When we think of Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) entertainment and gaming are often the first things that come to mind. Yet, AR technology is just scratching the surface of its potential and has already made a significant impact in the area of business in a diverse group of industries. Industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, retail, fashion, and even food and beverage have all benefitted from the implementation of this exciting technology. How you ask?

Manufacturing is a prime example of industry that successfully utilizes AR technology to improve assembly, maintenance, and quality assurance.  Imagine taking assembly instructions or a maintenance manual and having it directly in your field of vision versus having to frequently look up and down at a computer or paper version of the manual. Imagine the ability to take photos of vehicle parts under inspection and then compare the images to those of your company’s suppliers using an augmented reality overlay to ensure quality.

What once was thought of as an entertainment tool is finding practical applications in the world of manufacturing with impressive benefits.  The efficiency of having everything you need to get the job done right the first time in front of your eyes is almost too good to be true. Yet it’s true, and a huge leap in the evolution of business operations.

 

What are some other uses for AR/VR?

What are some roadblocks to implementing AR/VR in manufacturing?

Can you think of some other industries that can benefit from implementing AR/VR devices?

Source: https://www.engineering.com/AdvancedManufacturing/ArticleID/14904/What-Can-Augmented-Reality-Do-for-Manufacturing.aspx