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Augmented Reality for Manufacturing/Shipbuilding
Augmented reality technology is still in its early stages, but it offers lots of potential. It’s certainly a time saver, with evolving object recognition and tracking functions that can assist with visual approximations, helping technicians complete tasks not only hours but days faster than before. And as an information management companion, its capabilities are impressive.
This is “the way things will get built, if you’re working with your hands. It really is something to make skilled workers even more efficient and capable.” Manufacturing will look very different in five years.
There’s a worldwide increase in, and demand for, more airline travel, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, as we’re on the brink of an impending aircraft maintenance technician shortage. Fortunately, technology may save us: “Augmented reality has the potential to help bridge the skilled engineer gap, simplify maintenance processes and offer expert guidance to newly qualified technicians from hundreds of miles away.
Engine MRO specialist TAE has already predicted a need for such technology by developing a wearable augmented reality system called fountx that enables remote experts to support technicians in real-time.” This doesn’t remove the time crunch, but it makes the potential for training many technicians from a variety of locations at once possible – and will also increase training retention as they’ll be learning by doing.
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