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Getting Started with Industrial Augmented Reality Solutions

Practical Guidance for AR Project Planning, Execution, and Success

Augmented reality (AR) is helping industrial enterprises upskill workers by replacing traditional training and guidance materials with more effective, immersive experiences. Organizations around the world—and particularly those with operations spanning multiple geographies—are quickly becoming smarter, faster, and leaner using AR.
IDC estimates that companies will spend $19.2 billion on hardware, software, and services relating to AR in 20191.
Implementing an AR solution requires proper planning, including identifying the technology that will best fit your needs, as well as how it will be adapted into existing process, workflows, and systems. Relative to other operational technology innovations, AR has a much faster time-to-value that can be achieved with little programming expertise depending on the solution. But like any industrial technology, AR must be implemented properly for successful adoption. From proof of concepts and functional pilots, to fully-deployed, scalable solutions, this white paper details the critical steps that will guide AR project owners through getting started with industrial AR and achieving the fastest possible ROI.

Step One:

Identify the Business Case

Organizations that have already implemented AR are seeing measurable ROI in several areas of their business, including training, manufacturing, service, and sales and marketing. Growing numbers of retiring workers and inefficient and costly to maintain training materials and service documentation are common challenges that can hamper workforce efficiency. Offering capabilities such as remote over-the-shoulder guidance, virtual demonstrations that provide full-scale product visualization, and step-by-step procedural guidance or instructions, AR can solve these challenges, along with many others—when correctly implemented.

To better understand where AR can provide the greatest value to your business, you first need to determine your biggest pain points.

1. IDC. How Augmented Reality Drives Real-World Gains in Services, Training, Sales and Marketing, and Manufacturing