Augmented Reality in manufacturing saves time, reduces errors and improves the quality of products in various industry verticals. Significant savings and quality improvements are achieved via AR assisted maintenance instructions and training, factory operations such as assembly instructions and quality control, remote assistance and 3D visualization / rapid prototyping.
The highest ROI is achieved in AR assisted maintenance instructions and employee training, quality control, assembly operations, wiring operations and remote assistance. Our clients have reported a 15% to 50% time savings with the deployment of AR-enabled software.
About Zumoko CAD DT
Zumoko CAD DT Model Detection and Tracking for Microsoft HoloLensis ready to use complex detection and tracking solution for development of advanced AR software for industrial instructions and maintenance use cases. Zumoko CAD DT enables to identify the exact position of any 3D object based on its CAD model data, irrelevant of the color or texture of the object, purely relying on the geometry of the 3D object.
How it Works:
First, the position of the physical device or machine is detected with Zumoko CAD DT, and then 3D virtual information can be added to the real object. The virtual UI menu is added to the real space, with virtual floating labels containing relevant information added to both real and virtual parts. The virtual menu can be activated using predefined set of voice commands. Zumoko CAD DT can be used for industrial maintenance and for industrial learning and instructions, user manuals and other user guides, as well as marketing and advertising of highly advanced technologies.
The Key Strengths
Zumoko CAD DT does not rely on the color or texture information of the 3D object, but purely on the 3D geometry of the object. Technically, the key takeaway is the fact that Zumoko CAD DT can successfully detect and track 3D objects with specular surfaces (e.g. cars and metallic machine parts).
Benefits for Manufacturing Industry
Maintenance and training
Maintenance instructions and assembly instructions tasks can be significantly accelerated by the deployment of AR solutions for augmented reality glasses. Operators can see structured 3D information in front of their eyes, while they are having their hands free. Instructions are attached to the associated position on the physical object of interest and they are presented to the operator as a sequence of operational tasks. Once the sequence is completed, the operator can automatically submit a report and proceed with another operation.
AR Remote Assistance resembles “3D Skype”. AR remote assistance enables different modes of direct communication: on-site, anytime and anywhere, between an operator on one side and expert on the other. With augmented reality technology, the expert can understand the problem rapidly by looking “through the eyes” of the operator and can guide the operator to solve the problem step by step. This can involve sending drawings, documents or videos to the operator. Most importantly expert can add 3D markings to the environment of the operator, and essentially lead the operator through the process.
Factory Operations Technology
AR assists operations to provide a significant ROI in an assembly of complex devices that are performed by workers. In assembly or wiring operations, operators commonly use instructions in form of tables and 2D drawings. This involves first looking for an information and then mapping 2D information to a 3D physical object. This part of the process can be completely avoided by the deployment of Zumoko AR industrial solutions. Workers are provided by 3D info on the physical object itself, step by step, which leads to a significant reduction of time needed to perform an operation. Additional benefit besides the time reduction is the reduction of errors.
Augmented Reality assisting quality control will become a standard in software for performing various quality control tasks. AR provides help in use-cases where workers need to visually inspect products. Employees can concentrate on a specific subtask and perform a complete scenario step-by-step without a need to refer to paper-based instructions. Also, QC operators can mark any substandard parts or locations, automatically generate and submit reports, and even request a repair by directly sending reports to responsible workers.