In this era, there are still fairly many people who think that augmented reality (AR) is only applicable for entertainment use cases. In fact, the scope is much, much wider than you’ve been imagining this far.
Augmented reality has been advancing quite rapidly today, and many companies have also adopted the technology to use for their crucial activities.
Not only to use it for fun, AR can also be used for primary use-case-oriented activities. Take manufacturing for one of them.
As you might haven’t known yet, the growth rate for AR adoption in manufacturing is predicted to rapidly increase by 29.3% from 2022 to 2030.
It's not only made for gimmick. If you're working in the manufacturing industry, we believe you can consider utilizing AR to fasten up the whole process—and even better, save much more cost and energy for manpower.
Now that you already know a glimpse of the benefits, we'll try to break down what you can do with AR for manufacturing industry. By the end of this article, you can try which use cases that you feel more urgent to do at the moment, and how to apply them for your company.
Let's get it started!
As an HR or staff member of a certain department, welcoming new employees is always mandatory. If we're talking in the manufacturing industry, onboarding skills, basic stuff about the company, and how to operate things become very crucial.
When newcomers have to operate complicated stuff or machines, it will be difficult to execute the activities right away—be it due to the limits of tools or even safety problems. However, that can certainly be tackled with AR experiences!
For training activities, people can simply wear the AR glasses to visualize and simulate real-life operation training as if they do it in real life—however, all the objects are, in fact, virtual experiences. Through this experience, the newcomers can obtain thorough understanding as well.
Without having to hire more trainers or manpower in the first place, everyone can learn all the steps not only with detailed 3D visualizations—but also with texts, audio, animations, etc. And if they're proven to do the steps wrong, there will be systems that remind you and tell you how to fix the problems.
With the help of Assemblr, they convert their real-life machines into digital ones in AR experiences, so the newcomers can learn all about the machine and break down all the visualizations—complete with the instructions on what to do.
When it’s time to present your prototype or first designs to stakeholders or clients, it’s gonna be rough if you start assembling the whole product right at first. That’s why AR is the perfect solution to start visualizing your prototypes.
You can start with building the parts one by one in 3D objects, and then break down all the features in detail and add descriptive texts for each part. Aside from time-friendly, it’s also gonna be more cost-friendly since you don’t have to really assemble the real thing before everyone actually approves of your ideas.
About this one, BMW already utilized this opportunity to showcase their vehicle concepts and prototypes with AR experiences, which results in fastening up the whole process by 12 months. Using AR goggles, everyone can see the prototype in a really detailed way through any angle and give the feedback right away.
There could be times when your machine is broken, and you need to have the repairing staff to come over and fix the problems. Yes, that could be a thing, but AR will help you minimize that risk. And more importantly, you don’t need to call for specialists to mitigate the issue.
You can create AR experiences to reenact the whole steps on how to fix the problems—simply by scanning the real item with your go-to devices. After that, there will be explanation and visual guides popping up that you can follow.
In a more advanced way, you can also use AR glasses, so you can have 360-degree view of the product and view it from all sides. Blended with data visualization—which means taking real-time data, it can point out what’s wrong with the machine through the visualization of the product, and then share the issue with cross-department if needed.
If your company has warehouses, it can sometimes be messy. Even though you already have all the manual and routines, sometimes, it's still hard to locate an exact item in its place—especially when you have so many ways or halls, or maybe, you're new to the office.
AR glasses will make it more reasonable. You can simply locate the items by scanning around the environment, so they can filter and select which objects to fnid. This is much faster since you can have your ways to find the ones you want. It also stores the data needed.
And even better, you can also add important data regarding the items into the AR visuals. Since it's hard to switch between items and finding the data on other devices, it will be better if you can check them out in one look, using the glasses.
If you're wondering whether it has come true: yes, it has. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have actually created and presented their own innovation of AR headset, provided with X-ray vision. Taking place in February 2023, the team tested the device in a mock warehouse environment—and the result was pretty much efficient with its 96% accuracy.
Now that you know everything about how to use AR for manufacturing industry, knowing the right AR app to realize your idea is no less important. And if you're looking for the one with super complete features and easy-to-use functionalities, Assemblr Studio will be the sweet spot you're looking for.
With vast array choices of 2D & 3D objects, texts, audio, and videos, you can visualize your ideas simply by dragging and dropping the objects in the Editor. That said, you can construct your own prototypes—be it by using thousands of 3D objects available on our library, or even importing your own to the library.
But what if you want to escalate the project—making it even grander—or you have something in mind that you want to realize but need further help from our team? We'll always be at the ready to help you! Simply let us know your inquiries, and we'll get in touch to discuss more about the possibilities.
Happy assembling, and let's elevate your manufacturing industry with AR experiences!