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Insights and trends on augmented reality and advanced manufacturing technology
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.

Whether you make prosthetics, pacemakers or pharmaceuticals, emerging enterprise augmented reality solutions, like Light Guide Systems, offer an invaluable result for the medical industry by bringing a new, more efficient and consistent way to manufacture and assemble medical devices and medicines.

Improvements to Quality and Efficiency

When manufacturing medical devices, quality must be at its highest level, and workers must operate with a no-faults-forward mentality. Controlling the process to achieve this maximum level of quality has historically been difficult.

Our revolutionary projection AR technology offers the ability to continually enforce the manufacturing process, using advanced projection technology to overlay a virtual operating “canvas” onto any work surface to guide operators through a series of visual and audio prompts. Not only does this ensure product excellence, but it can also cut down assembly time, resulting in greater returns.

Using Data to Detect Defects

In the medical manufacturing industry, the idea of “traceability” has become a huge concept, both for the desire to achieve maximum quality and the ability to minimize risk. There is no such thing as a defect-free manufacturing process – manual or automated – so when a defect occurs, being able to go back and understand what happened and why it happened is invaluable.

Our technology creates a “digital birth certificate” of every individual part’s serial number, and tracks it through the manufacturing process. If a quality defect occurs and the product is recalled, Light Guide Systems gives you the ability to go back and view the process in which it was made, and say with confidence whether the issue occurred during production or after it left the facility.

If the issue did occur in the facility, being able to pinpoint exactly where the process went wrong is instrumental for devising a solution for revalidation in a timely manner.

Just how many applications are there for augmented reality in health care? Watch the video below to learn more.

 

If you’re looking to transform your medical manufacturing process, send us a message. A member of our solutions team will be in touch to discuss the challenges you’re facing and talk through various applications that can benefit your operations.

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Brian Close

Brian Close

Brian Close is the Executive Director of Sales for OPS Solutions. Brian has over 10 years of experience managing sales, manufacturing and engineering operations including managing implementation of new manufacturing equipment and processes with processes and managing $20M+ portfolio of contract engineering projects. Brian holds a BS, Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA from the University of Michigan.
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