Augmented reality (AR) in the manufacturing industry has been gathering momentum for some time, and its adoption is scaling at speed. It’s predicted that there will be 1.73 billion augmented reality users on mobile alone by 2024.

The biggest AR opportunities lie in the manufacturing sector, and early adoption is key to success. If you operate in the manufacturing industry, with the help of AR, you’ll be one step ahead of your competitors.

How can manufacturers adopt this revolutionary tech? Red-Fern, an award-winning digital growth agency, has shared all.

Semi-immersive training

Technical training can be time-consuming, difficult, and compromise many factors for it to go ahead. However, AR training can be completed anywhere. AR can be a helpful and immersive way to boost employee engagement whilst providing invaluable training. 

There’s no need to assemble equipment or maintain facilities. With the click of a button, your employees can learn straight away. AR has higher knowledge retention rates, it creates less dependency on personnel, and it’s more enjoyable.

Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping can be used at any stage of the manufacturing process. It’s a visual and functional way of understanding how a product or service will work and what amends and edits are required before launch.

With the help of AR, product designers can see, test and fine-tune designs, before building – offering substantial cost and time savings.

Automotive companies have already adopted the power of AR for rapid prototyping. Using AR has sped up the prototype process by as much as 12 months. Usually, the product design process may take multiple years.

From prototyping vehicle sections and components to more complex dynamic production stages, AR has made all the difference. 

Machinery maintenance

AR combines real-time data, analytics and sensors to analyse machine performance. To avoid machine failures, costly repairs, and downtime AR cuts out the confusion and highlights faults before they become issues. 

AR can enable employees to analyse the status of a machine by reviewing a piece of equipment through a camera lens. Gain access to real-time overlayed information including temperature, points of failure, time predictions and more. 

Employees can also overlook all the data reports they need, track maintenance overtime, schedule services and keep a check on equipment efficiency. 

The AR market will have unprecedented growth in the next decade. There’s never been a better time to utilise the power of immersive experiences.

To uncover how to use AR in your manufacturing business, book your free discovery call with Red-Fern today and take your business to the next level. Whether you choose to bring your marketing materials alive or demonstrate product development, Red-Fern can help.

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