How Virtual and Augmented Reality Boost Manufacturing: 4 Use Cases
Manufacturing companies always have to look for innovative solutions to remain competitive in volatile markets. In particular, assistance is needed in production improvement, decision-making, updating and adapting production management tools, etc. Such tasks require software that allows the control and modeling of different flows of the production system. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are some of the most interesting approaches to simulate and design production systems. Let’s take a closer look at how to improve the Manufacturing Industry through Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality.
Virtual and augmented reality for industrial design
Industrial design is crucial for product innovation in today’s highly competitive market. To provide design teams with the opportunity to freely and naturally express their ideas, the creation process should be performed as immersively as possible. Modern technologies such as AR/VR/MR allow designers to fill the technical gap in the iterative design process and use rapid prototyping (CAD-RP) to complement the traditional design process.
For example, Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality allows the combination of virtual components with real ones into a virtual production system to establish a better configuration. Virtual and Augmented Reality can also be integrated into PLM (product lifecycle management) environments. This approach is based on the industrial engineering process and uses multi-agent systems on virtual reality platforms.
Virtual and augmented reality also helps industrial line developers test their models at the design stage, as well as optimize the production system.
Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality for training in manufacturing
Immersive technologies allow the improvement of three main components of cognitive capacity:
– experience – to master certain operations and approaches;
– comprehension – understanding their meaning and purpose;
– learning – how to act in specific situations.
Moreover, VR/AR/MR Training Simulators can be enhanced with a hand-tracking system for life-like interactions with virtual environment models in real-time. Such training also includes an analytics system, which records the correctness of the exercises and generates reports for each employee.
Our team created a Virtual Training Platform that already includes:
- user and roles management
- extensive analytics
- key interactions for workers in the retail industry.
Virtual simulations for safety training
The main feature of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies is immersion. It is widely used by major industrial players to keep workers safe. VR/AR/MR Safety Training allows trainees to get ready for emergencies in a secure virtual environment. As a result, such preparation is much more effective than regular safety briefings.
Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality for improving workstations
Have you already heard about digital Virtual desktops? Such apps mirror a user’s computer monitor to the VR headset so users can work as if they do it on a real PC. The technology produces 3D holograms of real-time data that are more efficient than other display technologies. Read more about how Virtual Reality is shaping workstations of the future here.
Today, immersive technologies are used for many industrial goals such as training, decision support, service assistance, modeling of industrial operations, etc. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality allow users to visualize and interact with industrial modeling. Nowadays it is one of the most modern and efficient approaches in manufacturing.
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