As the final step in the manufacturing process, article inspection plays a vital role in ensuring that a product has been created that will not only pass the standards of the manufacturer but also exceed the end-user’s requirements. The use if AR-assisted article inspection can significantly aid this process by permitting users to more accurately – and efficiently! – assess the quality of the goods produced. In addition, AR-assisted technology can be used to continuously manage and asses the condition of the manufacturing assets within a facility.
AR-assisted technologies used for article inspection
Ideal versions of real-world objects and settings can be created in an augmented reality. Manufactured products can then be quickly be visually compared to these virtual objects in a far shorter period of time. Hand-held or static cameras are used to detect, recognize and then input the real world data. The software will then do the rest of the comparison. AR-assisted article inspection technology is highly precise due to its used of laser or visible light measurement systems. The user interface – display and input options – are also variable depending on the end-user’s specific needs. They range from a simple screen on a laptop, tablet or smartphone to a head-mounted goggles.
Benefits of AR technology related to article inspection
AR-assisted technology allows for the early detection of discrepancies in manufactured products and can significantly aid in the proactive management and repair of these issues. In particular, it is useful in:
- Comparing updated revisions with the latest products coming off the line
- Reducing the risks associated with delays in ordering and purchasing
- Lowering error rates in both manufacture and fill rates
Industries using augmented reality technology
A wide range of manufacturing industries utilize AR-assisted technology for quality assurance reasons including automotive & heavy equipment makers, defense & aerospace, energy & resource & naval engineering as well as more high-tech industries as electronics, & telecommunications. Specifically, it is used to:
- Inspect the initial manufacturing of automobile drive units of automobiles before they are permanently welded
- Custom cabinetry is “proofed” against design specification s before being shipped
- Curved, heavy-machinery parts are compared against ideal standards before being installed