Is the error rate in your production unsatisfactory? Do you want
Reduce inspection costs for your machines? Look for an opportunity,
to avoid consequential error costs in the design of machines and plants?
For all these cases, augmented reality offers simple, safe and cost-effective solutions.
Remote support applications allow technicians to remotely instruct plant employees to perform inspections.
Digital AR workflows minimize the error rate so that incidents can be avoided or resolved more quickly.
Digital Work Instructions document work processes and provide companies with legal certainty for external audits.
Quality inspection of virtual prototypes in AR allows errors in manufacturing and design to be detected and corrected at an early stage.
Quality assurance (QA) inspections are a cost factor, especially in multi-site companies. Because travel time of technicians has to be planned there. However, those who save on QA often end up paying dearly for their false cost awareness. Then machines come to a standstill because the maintenance interval was extended and wear was not detected in time. Or systematic sources of error in production processes are overlooked, fueling manufacturing costs. Augmented reality with its quality management 4.0 provides a remedy.
Teams of technicians no longer have to travel to individual plants to inspect equipment. You can easily connect to the AR glasses of an employee on site via remote support software. When they see his field of vision, they guide him on how to perform the test. Errors or fraud attempts are thus excluded.
The consequences of errors in industrial manufacturing are enormous. Including testing costs, they can add up to 4 to 20 percent of annual sales, according to studies. With augmented reality work instructions, companies minimize errors due to human error and save costs they would have to spend to prevent them.
When employees start a digital workflow app via their AR glasses, they can see in their field of vision how the next work step is to be carried out using 3D visualizations. Technicians perform tests in the same way much faster and easier. The digital work instructions not only offer productivity benefits, but also increase compliance: because the apps document workflows for external audits and prevent employees from deviating from the standard. In the case of claims under warranty, companies can provide complete evidence of manufacture and product quality.
20.8 billion euros in error costs – the German construction industry alone brought in this unpalatable sum in 2019(BauConsult). Errors in demanding design projects or manufacturing processes cannot be completely avoided. However, companies must aim to identify them as early as possible in order to minimize follow-up costs. Thanks to augmented reality, companies achieve early defect detection that offers significant cost and quality advantages compared to conventional measures.
During assembly and quality assurance, the camera of AR glasses can monitor every action of the employee and provide information if, for example, cables have not been connected correctly. Even on small boards, it reliably detects the smallest deviations from the CAD specification.
Another convenient method in AR quality management: overlaying virtual models with physical reality. Thanks to AR-CAD visualization, engineers immediately recognize when a machine cannot be integrated into the factory environment as planned, components are out of place or connections need to be relocated, and can virtually simulate changes immediately. It is also possible to compare digital models with real products in order to reliably display deviations.
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