As a lean practitioner of many years, I have had the privilege of applying lean concepts in many different businesses including project engineering, repetitive manufacturing, process manufacturing and even in a sales capacity. I’ve had to apply lean principles in areas where the cycle times ranged from seconds to days, which allowed me to apply lean manufacturing tools in very different ways.
Here at OPS Solutions, we’re constantly thinking about new ways of using augmented reality to overcome complex operational challenges.
In working with world-class manufacturers across a wide variety of industries, each member of our team has had the opportunity to work on rewarding projects that have made a profound impact on our company and clients.
In this post, they recall some of their shining moments and share case study-worthy examples of how we’re using practical AR technology to drive innovation in manufacturing facilities around the world.
Here at OPS Solutions, there’s no manufacturing challenge our team can’t solve. As a leader driving the next wave of manufacturing innovation, we’ve proven that augmented reality (AR) technology can be used to build anything—from cars, circuit boards and cookies to pacemakers, jet turbines and even yachts!
Our team is continually identifying new ways our practical AR technology can be used to solve common manufacturing challenges, including the ability to improve part kitting processes for increased accuracy, efficiency and quality.
While every step within a manufacturing sequence is critically important, ensuring operators have the right parts—at the right time—is foundational to ensuring every other step in the process can be completed seamlessly.
In the manufacturing industry, timing is everything.
New integrated tools and advanced technologies are constantly being introduced on factory floors to improve efficiency, quality and flexibility at a faster pace than ever. Manufacturers must apply Industry 4.0 technologies rapidly in order to maintain true competitiveness to others in the marketplace.
As a result of rising demand for advanced tools and technologies, the Industry 4.0 sector is in a continuous state of rapid evolution, with augmented reality leading the charge. But despite proven success and rising rates of adoption, many manufacturing organizations are still wondering:
“What is the best enterprise AR tool?”
In the manufacturing sector, authoring work instructions is no simple task.
Consider, for example, the task of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Simple, right? Not necessarily. In a manufacturing context, if you were creating a guide in the form of traditional work instructions, it might be three pages long!
Being an AR sales engineer at OPS Solutions, I frequently travel to events and tradeshows to showcase Light Guide Systems’ practical augmented reality technology.
At one tradeshow in particular, the organizers let a group of special needs children explore the various booths on the floor. A number of kids stopped by our booth and took turns participating in our interactive demonstration, which challenged participants to build a ballpoint pen using guided augmented reality work instructions. I noticed that the kids paid more attention at the booth than anyone else at the show.
When it comes to medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical engineering, even the tiniest mistake could mean the difference between life and death. As a result, the industry employs some of the most advanced methods possible, including the use of sophisticated AR technology.
The American manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a bit of a rough patch.
In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted a rise in productivity in just 21 of 86 manufacturing sectors – the lowest number since the recession in 2009. A report states 82% of today’s manufacturers are experiencing either a moderate or severe shortage of skilled workers – a gap that is only expected to grow wider. And, recalls in the automotive sector alone hit a record 53.6 million in 2016.
Since the arrival of the industrial revolution more than 150 years ago, manufacturing has been a vital component of economic growth and job creation. Historically, the manufacturing industry has had no problem attracting a consistent supply of skilled workers to fill factories.