The transformation that virtual reality and augmented reality have brought to the manufacturing industry

The implementation of immersive technologies such as VR & AR offers the manufacturing industry the opportunity to innovate processes.
  • Work processes: Manufacturing work processes have become less and less manual; from product design to in-line production, these have changed with the digital transformation.

These changes result in improvements in the manufacturing process, saving time, cost and effort. In addition to being less manual, it has also become more efficient for employees to make decisions to detect errors in production.

  • Safety in the work environment: Some implementations of immersive technologies, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, ensure employee training and work.

Thanks to these applications, manufacturing today needs to have ample work flexibility, yet the growth of zero tolerance for non-conformance has grown concerning an industry’s consumers and customers.

Leaders in the manufacturing sector may notice, as we do, that we are moving into a future where industrial processes will be automated and generally performed by robots.

However, human interactions are still necessary today for the application of certain machinery as well as the effective decision-making capability that we have.

Virtual and augmented reality evolving manufacturing and industrial design

  More and more workforces are implementing new technologies in the workplace, which has brought employees closer to innovation.

The implementation of immersive technologies such as VR and AR (virtual reality and augmented reality) can offer the manufacturing industry the opportunity to change their process of design, production and even training.

Immersive technologies are here to stay in the industrial work processes. Especially in recent years, we have been able to live experiences through immersion, and this has brought an increase in the production of technologies and devices needed to enjoy its benefits. 

For this reason VR and AR have become more accessible innovations for some industrial sectors, including manufacturing. In 2018 the Seeing is Believing Report highlighted that the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in the development of products and services could grant a $360 billion GDP growth by 2030.

VR and AR deployments in the industrial sector

 Product design and development. Virtual reality is the ideal technology to use in tools and/or strategies, apply it in manufacturing, and thus helping facilitate rapid prototyping. This helps factories save time and money in the development of their activities.

VR also helps these companies with applications that can access virtual worlds created to develop and test products quickly, efficiently and safely.

Training. Keeping employees safe while on the job is of utmost importance for the manufacturing sector.

In order to avoid risks for their employees, companies in this industry must have extensive knowledge and training in the correct use of machinery, as well as the implementation of devices and knowledge of legal work procedures.

The application of immersive strategies such as virtual reality can be the ideal solution to improve training in the industry. VR offers workers the opportunity to work in spaces where they can practice with processes and machines in a digital environment with a more realistic experience and without any risk. 

Augmented reality, on the other hand, can be implemented for training by using devices such as cell phones and tablets for learning processes that support immersive experiences in training that seek a real approach to the situation.

Complete Inspection. Quality is one of the main benefits that the manufacturing industry seeks to provide its products and services. Therefore, inspection is one of the most complete tasks in this sector.

Due to human limitations that could previously commit errors in quality supervision, the implementation of augmented reality applications in combination with artificial intelligence and technological sensors provide higher standards for the production of a company.

New Discovery Tech seeks to help you get an approach to these new immersive technologies through the development of VR and AR applications that will help your workforce improve the effectiveness of their training and the quality of their production.