SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Human Automation - Hands-Free Industry 4.0

Author: Michael Ford
Company: Aegis Software
Date Published: 9/22/2019   Conference: SMTA International


Abstract: So many examples already exist of the utilization of Augmented Reality (AR), as it relates to assembly manufacturing operations. The vast majority of these are demos, carefully and painstakingly crafted by developers, presented and supported by a team of engineers behind the scenes to show the potential of the technology. Others are somewhat niche cases of real applications, again however, supported by significant customization and preparation behind the scenes, for each and every application instance.

This is only the first step however for Augmented Reality technology, which has a central part to play in our standards-driven Industry 4.0 Smart digital factory. AR provides hands-free, fully focused assembly support, when properly integrated into the latest digital MES tools. Providing interactive step by step guidance, allows operators to be fully flexible, without the need to be experts or specifically experienced in what they are doing.

This paper details how practical and useable AR technology is available today, a critical part of the Smart digital Industry 4.0 factory, as part of the state of the art digital MES solution.

Key Words: 

Augmented Reality, AR, Electronic Work Instructions, Hands-free



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