For machine operators, AR can overlay a digital twin loaded with data on top of any factory machine to access operational instructions, predictive maintenance and repair data to keep production smooth, or even an expert consultant who can provide advice remotely.
This same capability helps firms lay out and plan a product’s assembly early in the process with the help of AR, and that can assure reachability, safety, and ergonomic health for the employees.
AR also makes training new hires and upskilling workers on factory machines and processes conducive to uninterrupted operations. Manufacturing training using augmented reality teaches people virtually, lowering risk and increasing safety. Training can happen on demand to fit employee schedules, with either premade learning content streaming from the cloud or live, remote instructors.
In a fully realized smart manufacturing operation, products will be embedded with IIoT sensors that can send data related to product parts. Quality control staff can then use AR for product inspection and find any concerns related to the product’s data. And in an AR-ready warehouse, augmented reality software gives workers order fulfillment information, automatically scans barcodes, and updates inventory data.