Software firm PTC has launched a new tool under its Vuforia platform that it says enables manufacturers to not only improve accuracy and speed but also reduce training costs and time to productivity.
The firm says its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) solutions enable “dramatic improvements” in worker productivity, helping companies to reduce costs associated with scrap and rework and improve quality.
The new Vuforia Expert Capture AR solution provides up-to-date, relevant information when and where workers need it most – in the real-world context of their daily work environment, PTC says. Knowledge can be captured on-the-fly as needs arise, without causing disruption to high-value workers. No advance preparation or development efforts are required to easily create step-by-step instructions for hands-on training and task guidance.
Captured procedures can be fine-tuned in a secure, SaaS-based environment and then dynamically delivered on RealWear HMT-1, Microsoft HoloLens, and mobile devices to front-line workers across the enterprise. Spatial intelligence from HoloLens’ location-aware functionality can be leveraged to safely guide front-line workers through multi-step procedures at different locations without compromising speed and accuracy.
In addition, Vuforia Expert Capture is a valuable solution in manufacturing environments where existing service/maintenance/changeover procedures for equipment are unavailable. SMEs can easily record directions on how to perform these critical tasks, which can then be shared with new or redeployed workers for fast, efficient on-the-job guidance. Easy access to standardised instructions in the context of their work environment enables improved worker understanding and increased efficiency, uptime, and quality.
“We are excited to offer industrial enterprises a new way to use AR to leverage the tribal knowledge of SMEs and help alleviate the skills gap crisis threatening today’s industrial enterprise,” says Mike Campbell, EVP, augmented reality products, PTC. “Vuforia Expert Capture is a high-value, out-of-the-box solution that accelerates AR content creation that enables manufacturers to not only improve the accuracy and speed at which workers successfully complete new or unfamiliar tasks, but also to reduce training costs and time to productivity.”