Among the areas cited as use cases for augmented reality, manufacturing is perhaps the most prevalent (along with medical procedures). The idea is that assembly workers can put together complex machinery faster and more effective.
New data indicates that these theoretical benefits are playing out in real life. Specifically, metrics like speed and accuracy have been improved through AR headsets or mobile apps for manufacturing employees.
Boeing recently tracked the accuracy of wing assembly in a study done with Iowa State University. It showed a clear reduction of errors when a tablet-based AR app was used by workers to visualize/direct component assembly.
Similarly, speed was measured by AR company Daquri. Through the use of Daqri’s headset, assembly workers were able to drastically reduce the time to job completion, compared with normal (non AR) conditions.
We’ll continue to see lots of data and proof points like this as more enterprises adopt AR for manufacturing. As we’ve written, this will be one of the areas where AR will really shine, and demonstrate real bottom line results for companies.
To illustrate, see the below video from Boeing which has so far proved to be an enthusiastic early adopter of AR for airplane manufacturing and assembly. Stay tuned for more.