Designing and crafting the safest and most efficient manufacturing space can seem like a daunting project. Fortunately, AR-assisted manufacturing space design can facilitate the process to a large degree. By using CAD-generated 3-D models, users can visually represent their facilities by identifying the positions of current equipment and workflow areas as well as identify any  safety concerns. Then, proposed solutions – for moving adding or altering equipment and process – to resolve any of these issues can be modeled and visualized with a virtual overlay on the actual space.

AR technologies for manufacturing space design

In general, AR technology allows a user to detect, recognize and render a real space into a virtual 3D environment. Further authoring can then produce virtual objects that can be manipulated in various ways in this virtual model of the real space. Display options include the standard stationary options – desktops and laptops – as well as mobile ones like tablets and head-mounted goggles. With the last option, the user can freely roam the space – albeit virtually – and more fully understand the space from this immersive vantage point. Interaction with the interface can involve anything from taps on a touchscreen through gestures to eye motion in the head-mounted displays. Finally, AR-assisted manufacturing space design systems can be integrated into video conferencing and other online collaborative tools to allow access by remote users.

Benefits of AR technology in manufacturing space design

  • Displayed or immersive visualization of potential future modifications to a manufacturing equipment in the virtually created physical space.
  • Affordable, rapid and cost-effective way to assess the feasibility of deploying new manufacturing assets in a given space.
  • New ideas – from on-site or remote users – can be quickly incorporated to assess whether or not they maximize use of the facility’s space.
  • Reduces the time needed between feedback and implementation of any desired changes.

Industries where AR-assisted manufacturing space design is used

AR-assisted manufacturing space design – in one form or another – is of incredible value to a variety of industries that need to prioritize and maximize the use of complicated manufacturing spaces. They include electronics and telecommunications, automotive and other heavy equipment manufacturers, defense and aerospace as well as naval engineering

Some example scenarios

  • The U.S. Navy now builds every type of ship from submarines to aircraft carriers with a modular design. AR-assistance help makes each of these individually manufactured elements fit together in a reliable and seamless manner.
  • The automotive industry uses AR to reconfigure existing designs so that new car bodies can be fitted to existing engine layouts and vice versa.
  • Robotic engineers use the technology extensively to plan for the initial implementation and further upgrade of their creations in any number of industries.