Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance

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Use Cases

Enterprises around the globe are deploying Augmented Reality solutions to bring new productivity to a wide range of tasks and organizations.

Augmented Reality-assisted assembly processes enable management of quality variation and customization within small batch production lines. Leveraging model-based object recognition, graphical overlays are provided to mobile visualization devices to show workers recommended processes and verify tasks are completed correctly.

AR Technologies

For these processes, any software architecture that supports real time detection, recognition, and rendering in the midst of complex assemblies and sub-assemblies is suitable. Such software architectures must take data security into consideration as well as compliance with national and international regulations.

Hardware for this use case is based on mobile platforms, preferably wearable technology that integrates into existing safety glasses and other worker requirements. User interfaces based on gesture, with opportunities for touchscreen implementation supports work without need for mouse or keyboard.

Benefits

  • Capture knowledge about complex procedures from highly experienced users and utilize data for process optimization
  • Expertly train and reduce learning curve for those who are new to a process—either inexperienced in the industry or inexperienced with a particular process
  • Reduce errors in small production runs in highly customized production environments

Users

Users may be any employee within the production environment, with emphasis on final assembly personnel.

Example Scenarios

  • Process the capture of highly customized workflow steps by experienced employees before retirement (also known as capturing “tribal knowledge”).
  • Verification of proper electric harness connections prior to installing aircraft interiors.
  • Replay of production process steps, time and tool usage for process optimization during new product development.
  • Engineering team replay of process steps when addressing misalignment of sub-assemblies for drawing corrections.
  • Rapid integration of new team members onto existing production lines.
  • Transition of entire production line personnel onto new product design in response to fluctuations in demand.

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Inspection (Medical)

Description AR-assisted inspection systems display relevant medical & dental records on demand by health care workers and overlays digital information on the patient for evaluation and decision support. AR Technologies AR-assisted medical inspection uses any technology for authoring, detection, recognition and rendering. Display options for...

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Training

AR-assisted training supports user education via on-the-job and classroom training by leveraging and augmenting key workflows, procedures, and conceptual information selected from existing technical publication repositories, together with other corporate assets such as product information. AR Technologies AR-assisted training uses technology for authoring, detection, recognition...

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Marketing and Sales

Description AR-assisted marketing and sales permits customers to explore features of a product or service with the assistance of a sales professional or independently. Users can manipulate a digital object, “try on” a product from a digital catalog and better understand the characteristics of a...

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Emergency Response

AR-assisted emergency response supports professionals in the field performing tasks in which risks of unexpected events are high and needs for coordination, safety and in-situ guidance are critical to the professional’s ability to fulfill the objectives and remain safe. The emergency response system using Augmented...

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Damage Assessment (Utilities)

Use case and image contributed by Micah Tinklepaugh. Description When assessing damage from a storm, earthquake or other disaster, utility workers must estimate the time required to fully restore services. This estimate is based on: Pinpointing locations of service degradation Estimating damage to assets and...

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Work Order Creation (Utilities)

Use case and image contributed by Micah Tinklepaugh. Description In work order creation in utilities (electrical, water, natural gas and sewage), workers request, assign and track field service work by: Planning work scope Obtaining and scheduling resources Assembling needed documentation such as work instructions, forms...

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Flight Path Visualization

Flight path visualization provides private pilots with supplementary navigational guidance during flight and landing, permitting them to visualize the flight trajectory in real time. The system guides pilots by superimposing virtual flight path markers (based on global positioning and aircraft orientation references) on to their...

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Cabin Crew Workflow

AR-assisted cabin crew workflows use any technology for creation, detection, recognition and rendering. Display options that permit professionals to use both hands are highly preferred. The user interface can be speech recognition, gesture recognition, eye-gaze recognition or touchscreen. Integration of AR-assisted cabin crew workflows with...

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Asset Repair (Utilities)

AR Technologies Workers use an AR-enabled mobile device such as a tablet or head-mounted display to support asset repair activities. The device features a user interface employing speech, gesture, eye-gaze or touchscreen. AR-enabled devices can be integrated with computer networks and enterprise databases, workflow and...

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Warehouse Picking

AR-assisted warehouse systems support users in picking & sorting processes by recognizing and matching part or package codes and providing instructions via graphical overlays for sorting and delivery. AR Technologies AR-assisted warehouse picking uses any technology for authoring, detection, recognition and rendering. Display options for...

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