How AR systems guide industrial operators in preventive maintenance activities
Efficiency, safety, remote control: augmented reality systems guide industrial operators in preventive maintenance activities.
The advantages of augmented and virtual reality in industry 4.0 are considerable. In new construction projects, augmented reality makes it possible to intervene in the early stages and eliminate any criticalities. In maintenance, it improves remote assistance and preventive and predictive maintenance activities. Finally, in personnel training, it is possible to transfer skills to operators in a reality similar to the real one. The result is measured in operational efficiency, safety, customer service level and higher availability of the production asset throughout the life cycle of the investment.
The importance of AR
IoT acts as a bridge between physical assets and digital infrastructure, while AR brings digital to life by interacting with the physical environment in real time. Let’s take the example of workers and engineers accessing IoT data in real time on the shop floor, where these technologies are implemented to achieve the best possible result: Augmented Reality devices are aware of the spatial configuration of the environment where the worker is operating, and can therefore perceive what he is looking at, to intuitively display only the data needed for the current operation.
These Augmented Reality and IoT applications can be applied to maintenance management in remote locations, low visibility and unfriendly environmental conditions and other dangerous situations: in a way, the possibilities are truly endless.
IoT and AR
The IoT-AR pairing offers a number of business benefits, such as:
– standard quality improvement: AR encompasses a range of systems and technologies that provide practical real-time guidance to ensure that tasks are completed safely, correctly and efficiently.
One of the most important features that make this type of standardization possible is the “no faults forward” functionality that must be built into the system. This ensures that steps are completed in the correct sequence before allowing the user to move on to the next step in the process. This, in effect, eliminates most inaccuracies that result from human error and ensures that the right steps, processes and sequences are always followed.
– Customization and efficiency: much of the power and usefulness of AR would be wasted if these systems were not flexible enough to be used in a wide range of different applications and processes. AR visualizations can easily be adopted for multiple functions and in a variety of conditions. Easy and intuitive to use, AR is a technology that helps workers and employees solve problems more easily, thus increasing their productivity.