Augmented reality is changing the way that industrial organizations manufacture and service their products by increasing the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of workers. Many industrial companies are already seeing value from their AR investments, but starting the journey can be overwhelming due to the advanced capabilities of the technology and its multiple use cases. Here are three steps to help you get started with industrial AR.
Your first step should be to focus on how AR will solve a specific challenge for your business. For example, manufacturers can use AR to counteract the increasing skills gap as experienced, veteran workers begin to approach retirement. AR provides a more efficient way to transfer knowledge from experts and train new workers, saving time and costs during onboarding and creating a more agile workforce.
Service teams can use AR to improve fix rates with up-to-date, interactive step-by-step digital instructions for field technicians overlaid onto physical products. Leveraging AR allows field technicians to tap into in-house expertise for better, faster service which leads to increased customer satisfaction.
Additionally, AR can help manufacturers differentiate their sales and marketing activities, especially at trade shows and on-site for customers, with immersive personalized experiences. AR can help to shorten sales cycles and reduce the cost of logistics by digitizing and mobilizing full-scale renditions of complex manufacturing equipment and machinery, and placing them on the show floor, the customer’s property, or elsewhere. With industrial AR's wide variety of use cases, it’s important to focus on how it can help solve your most significant business challenges.
AR is a transformative technology that can bring tremendous value to your company, but you need to have buy-in from additional teams and decision makers in the early stages for a truly successful implementation. Demonstrating the technology and the impact it will have on your business to key stakeholders can make all the difference when the time comes to scale your AR solution. However, it’s easy to get carried away with an overly stylish experience, so keep any demos or pilots simple and relevant to solving your business challenges for the best results.
Engaging expert practitioners and technology partners throughout the implementation process will help to ensure that you’re maximizing the value of your AR solution and rolling it out in the fastest and most convenient way. Having the support of these trusted advisers will give project owners more confidence and help to fill any gaps in business knowledge that they might have.
Once you have a dedicated team of knowledgeable participants who can remain focused and adhere to the company’s business objectives, you can start to develop relevant AR content. Today’s out-of-the-box solutions are easy for anyone to use and require very minimal technical background or coding experience. All you need is business knowledge and an understanding of your organization’s workflows. Think back to the use cases you’ve identified to guide your AR content strategy and remember to keep the experience simple, clean, and relevant to ensure success.
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