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Augmented reality can partially replace robotization

Augmented reality can partially replace robotization

Reducing the time needed for training, less demands on knowledge and experience, resulting in more efficient work. These are the most visible benefits augmented reality can bring to busiensses.While Czech market is being conquered little by little.

The automation process is inexorable, so the question is whether automation and augmented reality are competitors. Is there any reason to care and provide an employee with better access to information if he is supposed to be replaced by a robot soon? While a fully automated production line needs investment in tens of millions of crowns, projects working with augmented reality can be acquired much cheaper. They maintain jobs and employees can perform more complex processes when using them. And they will enable the Czech industry to have production with higher added value.At the moment, it is up to IT companies to introduce such solutions to businesses, find real the use for them, and help them with solving their big issues. There are the three most common ways of using augmented reality in practice:

Complex assembly

Current production requires assembling hundreds and thousands of different components in a particular order and as fast as possible. With each new product, there comes another package of production manuals and procedures, moreover they quickly become obsolete. A worker wearing hololens has free hands, the software guides him to the next steps, and also checks that all the steps have been done properly. The worker has a manual in front of his eyes and writes with a voice record to hololens, instead of constant going to manuals and writing notes down.

Maintenance

Imagine a company that has a lack of service workers. Even if they find workders available at the labor market, it will take several weeks, if not months, to train these new people to be able to place them to the production and service facilities. Complicated manuals, different procedures, different technical solutions – new technicians have to master all this. Or not? Augmented reality provides a precise checking procedure and possible repair execution. Hololens capture the image the worker sees and compare it to the ideal state. The worker confirms by voice that the necessary steps are done in the correct order and, in the case of a repair, he works directly with information concerning the availability of the components.
According to the same principle, we can find the application of the augmented reality in logistics, where employees basically become walking or going barcode scanners. Glasses will scan instead of them. They will direct employees to another location. They won’t have to constantly write down, tick off or check whether the scanner actually went through everything as they were supposed to.

An expert on the phone

Even if the company has enough technicians and field workers to send to customers for service, it can be limited by the number of professionals who can’t be at the customer’s place whenever it is necessary. But the augmented reality brings them the possibility to see what the technician sees. They can communicate with each other and go through the device condition remotely and solve partial problems. Thanks to the opportunity of remote telepresences, companies will be enabled to replace the lack of experienced experts, often with exceptional knowledge. In this case, augmented reality leads to reducing the number of errors, frees the hands of employees and increases their added value. Therefore, their salaries may grow. While earlier employees in production did measuring and writing down, now it’s work of hololens. Augmented reality hides enormous potential that needs to be discovered and utilized by manufacturing firms with the help of IT companies.

The article was published in ICT Revue on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 on page 23, Economics Finance / Law 6.12. on page 23

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