While many companies which make products in controlled environments have conducted proof of concepts and pilots and have demonstrated clear benefits of AR to address challenges in manufacturing, there remain relatively few implementations outside of highly controlled laboratories.
This project of the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) was commissioned to crystallize the most important factors that have delayed deployments in live factory/build settings and to recommend steps that can be taken by different stakeholders in a company to reduce the impacts of those barriers.
The research is continuing as the team, led by Dr. Philipp A. Rauschnabel, Universität der Bundeswehr München, seeks to capture attitudes of factory workers in a quantitative phase of the project. The final report, with framework for barrier reduction, and an interactive tool, are under development.
This case study, featuring a small company with high customization and high value products, provides the results of interviews with key stakeholders in manufacturing and offers a preliminary framework for breaking down barriers.
It is available for all members as well as non-members.