Illumination

Insights and trends on augmented reality and advanced manufacturing technology
12July2017

So Long Smart Arm: How AR is Improving Torque Sequencing & Cycle Times

To achieve optimal results, most manufacturers spend hours defining and refining their processes and workflow. But even a perfect process can face unexpected roadblocks.

Whether you build planes, prosthetics, circuit boards or cars, no industry is immune from experiencing common manufacturing pitfalls that stem from issues, such as component misalignment; stripped, cross-threaded or over-torqued bolts; bottlenecks or even, human error. The rework costs that can result from these mistakes can be astronomical.

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21June2017

Humans Replacing Robots in Auto-Manufacturing Roles

Over the past few decades, the automation trend in auto manufacturing has steadily replaced growing numbers of human workers with sophisticated robots, with the goal of reducing errors and decreasing cycle times. But in what may seem like a surprising twist to outside observers, a recent trend embodies exactly the opposite phenomenon: now humans are replacing robots.

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14June2017

How Augmented Reality is Revolutionizing Medical Manufacturing

When it comes to medical manufacturing and pharmaceutical engineering, the cost of making a mistake could mean the difference between life and death.

In an industry where the stakes are high, manufacturers must be confident that their medical devices are built the same way every time, every day, shift to shift. But with so many factors involved – the most common being human error – it can be difficult to maintain such a high level of consistency.

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26May2017

Augmented Reality Training Tools for Manufacturers

While different industries and manufacturing environments may have varying practices and priorities, no manufacturing pro will dispute the importance of high-quality training.

Great training leads to a safer, more productive and more efficient working environment, and employees who are confident and capable contributors.

Manufacturing decision-makers are always on the lookout for training innovations and improvements, and one of the most exciting new and effective types of training tools on the market delivers plenty of both: enterprise augmented reality.

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18May2017

Man-ufacturing: The Return of Man Over Machine in Factories

The last few decades have seen a steady trend toward more automation in manufacturing. Sophisticated robots have gradually replaced human workers on many factory floors and assembly lines, as manufacturers work to reduce error rates and improve cycle times. Given that long-term trend, what is happening today (particularly in the automotive manufacturing space) may seem surprising: in certain circumstances, humans are replacing robots.

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