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Virtually Improved
augmented reality systems can
transform training

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For	manufacturers	and	assemblers	everywhere,	efficiency,	
quality,	speed	and	safety	are	the	holy	grails.	Finding	new	
ways	to	train	employees	and	streamline	existing	processes	
in	a	way	that	makes	progress	toward	those	goals	is	a	universal	priority	that	extends	across	different	manufacturing	
segments.	With	that	in	mind,	it	is	unsurprising	that	new	
applications	for	augmented	reality	technology	are	gaining	
significant	traction-specifically	with	respect	to	training.
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	 As	 more	 manufacturers	 are	 realizing,	 practical	 augmented	 reality	
manufacturing	 systems	 can	 transform	 online	 and	 offline	 operator	
training	 programs,	 improve	 training	 and	 productivity	 by	 replacing	
paper	 or	 monitor-based	 work	 instructions,	and	engage	operators	in	
a	dynamic,	interactive	and	intuitive	
way.	 This	new	category	of	technology	 includes	 software	 and	 systems	
with	 the	 potential	 to	 retain	 jobs	
and	 ultimately	 revolutionize	 manufacturing	 outcomes.	 Potential	
benefits	include:
*	Elimination	of	training	variation	
inherent	 across	 multiple	 trainers	
through	 the	 implementation	 of	
standardize	AR-based	training.
*	 The	 ability	 to	 project	 visual	 information	 about	 processes	 (timing,	alerts,	next	steps,	process	tips	
and	reminders);
*	Paper	or	monitor-based	work	instructions	that	allow	users	to	keep	
their	 eyes	 and	 attention	 on	 the	
task	at	hand;
*	Freeing	up	high-level	personnel	
for	non-training	tasks;
*	 Measuring	 and	 confirming	 the	
completion	 of	 complex	 or	 customized	steps	to	ensure	quality;
*	Straightforward	integration	with	
existing	systems	and	tools;	and	
*	Collecting	detailed	process	data	
for	 each	 part	 built,	 helping	 to	 reduce	 future	 errors	 and	 improve	
processes	 by	 identifying	 bottlenecks	and	other	challenges.
Manufacturing	 professionals	 -	 particularly	 decision-makers	 -	 would	
be	 wise	 to	 familiarize	 themselves	
with	 augmented	 reality	 platforms,	
potential	 and	 implementation	 best	
practices	 in	 order	 to	 make	 a	 determination	 as	 to	 whether	 or	 not	 their	


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