Industrial companies looking to train and maintain ongoing support for their new hires and employees should seriously consider the use of augmented reality (AR) assisted technologies to help them in the process. In particular, it is quite valuable in a variety of situations that include the detailing of the assembly of a finished product. In addition, the AR-assisted process not only improves employee retention but also decreases the amount of time it takes to impart the information.

AR Technology

AR-assisted training regimens can be specifically crafted to impart information about specific procedures, standard workflow process as well as general conceptual information. Additionally, the use of AR-assisted heads-up displays leave the user free to use both hands in the training process – a not inconsequential benefit when it comes to the assembly of a finished product. To this end, the user interface for an AR-assisted assembly application can be programmed to use everything from a simple touchscreen to speech, gesture and eye-gaze recognition.

Training benefits of AR technology in assembly

  • Reduces the risk of errors – and the associated costs – in assembly by allowing trainees to make mistakes in the virtual world instead of on a physical object.
  • AR-assisted training also reduces the risk of delays due to workflow interruption as trainees can be easily and affordably presented in the virtual environment with a variety of problems to solve instead of waiting for them to happen in real-life.
  • As new information is uncovered and new processes developed, AR technology allows for a rapid and affordable deployment of this information.

Industries where AR-assisted assembly tech is used

Assembly line operations are utilized across a diverse set of industries who machinery, equipment, and other products. These industries include automotive & heavy equipment, electronics, telecommunications & aerospace as well as defence & naval engineering. The most progressive of these types of companies have already embraced the use of AR-assisted training and have integrated it into their standard training procedures.

Some example scenarios

  • The mechanical perforation of steel plates in preparation for assembly is a relatively straightforward process but it can be dangerous. The use of AR-assisted training not only makes the process more efficient but also improves employee safety.
  • Depending on the type of welding, there are various recommended angles for performing the process. AR technology allows any welder – from tyro to pro – to practice as much as necessary without wasting any physical materials.
  • The nuclear industry uses AR-assisted training technology to allow employees to safely manipulate radioactive materials in a virtual environment. The result is better trained employees without any safety downside.