Industry Innovations

29January2020

Augmented Reality in a New Era of Manufacturing

Augmented Workforce Matrix

The Economic Forum published a white paper recently entitled: “A New Era of Manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – $7 Billion of Possibilities Uncovered in Michigan.” The topics include Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive competitiveness and sustainable growth in manufacturing such as Augmenting the Workforce with Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Collaborative Robots, 3D Printing and Smart Digital Twins.

AR/VR technologies are key technologies that, when deployed within the right manufacturing applications, can drive significant cost savings and quality improvements. “Augmented workforces account for $2.6 billion of that value by increasing worker productivity, reducing training costs and streamlining the product design process. Augmented workforces can help bridge Michigan’s growing skills gap and create more than 7,000 jobs in the process.” To read more and download the report click on the following link.

1December2017

Standardizing Medical Manufacturing with Augmented Reality Technology

In any manufacturing sector, standardization of assembly processes and sequencing is a critical tool for honing processes, improving efficiency and consistency, and reducing error rates. It is especially critical for today’s increasingly complex and customized medical devices.

That customization presents significant challenges. For each variation in a prosthetic or pacemaker, there are additional pain points to address. Standardization becomes increasingly elusive, and new variables are introduced that make achieving the high quality standards required of medical devices that much more difficult.

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12September2017

4 Ways Enterprise AR is Saving American Manufacturing

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.

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