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Getting Started with Industrial Augmented Reality Solutions

Practical Guidance for AR Project Planning, Execution, and Success

Augmented reality (AR) helps 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.
Technavio estimates that augmented reality market growth is expected to increase by $108.57 billion from 2020 to 20251.
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 comprehensively for successful adoption. From proof-ofconcepts and functional pilots, to fully-deployed, scalable solutions, this guide details the critical steps to navigate AR project owners through launching 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. The growing number of retiring workers as well as inefficient and costly training materials and service documentation are common challenges that can hamper workforce efficiency. Offering capabilities such as remote over-theshoulder guidance, virtual demonstrations that provide fullscale 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. Technavio. Augmented Reality (AR) Market by Application and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025