Manufacturing Today - January/February 2017 - 19

PAUL RYZNAR | COLUMN BY

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As the value of augmented reality
technology becomes clearer, newly modified and increasingly mobile
solutions are making augmented reality tools available in a growing number of training applications. Offline
and hybrid augmented reality training
platforms have emerged that retain
the real-time interactive nature of advanced manufacturing systems while
making augmented reality available
in a wide variety of different contexts.
Trainees can be guided through three
dimensional models that mimic the
real world realities of the manufacturing floor, for example, with hyper-realistic details such as tool and parts
positioning ensuring that the training
they receive is as efficient and productive as possible.
Step-dependent sequential training
creates a learning environment where
the right processes and sequences are
not just provided, they are woven into
the fabric of the training experience
itself. This is particularly valuable in
terms of ensuring the standardization
of parts and sequences, and instilling
a bedrock training base that is the
same throughout an organization.

D IALOGUE

C ONTENTS

Training technology

T ECHNOLOGY

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The most effective augmented reality solutions rely on a mix of industrial strength projection technology
and sophisticated software to create
a digital operating "canvas" that can
be projected directly onto a variety
of different work surfaces. One of
the advantages of such systems is
that they are both flexible and scalable: able to be customized and utilized in a virtually unlimited range
of applications.

C ANADA MANUFACTURING

Virtual guidance

M A N U FA C T U R I N G

ditional paper or monitor-based work
instructions. But to appreciate why
that is the case, we first need to understand how augmented reality technology works in a manufacturing setting.

L E A N

While augmented reality solutions
have been making an impact on the
factory floor for some time now (used
for everything from complex assembly tasks to inspection and logistics),
more and more manufacturers are beginning to utilize them as an essential
piece of the training puzzle.
The adaptive, real-time guidance
that the best augmented reality solutions provide is a good fit for training
applications, where individual trainees can receive practical hands-on
guidance and training experience in a
way that is often not possible with tra-

F ABTECH

Training: Augmented

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own training protocols would benefit
from an augmented reality solution.

The best augmented reality systems integrate audio and visual cues
to provide practical, real-time guidance, pacing and direction. The result
is that users can focus on each step in
the task instead of referring back to
a checklist or outside resource, and,
with no-faults-forward functionality,
such systems ensure that the right
parts and materials are used in the
right order and are assembled correctly. In a training context, that ability to combine practical experience
with assurance that tasks are completed in an efficient and error-free
manner is enormously valuable.


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