Vuforia Augmented Reality Work Instructions

Vuforia’s AR work instructions scale the knowledge of your experts to offer an easier and more effective way to get the job done. Empower your employees with step-by-step AR work instructions to improve operations and increase workforce efficiency.

Augmented reality work instructions present critical information and guidance in a highly visual, interactive way—displayed on the physical products in the real environment. AR work instructions can be easily created through capturing knowledge via first-person video, leveraging existing 3D content, or in real time by remotely connecting with an expert for visual guidance. Overlaying digital content in context with the work being done increases manufacturing productivity, service accuracy, inspection quality, and overall workforce efficiency.

Types of augmented reality work instructions

3D visual guides

For the most immersive experience, model-based AR work instructions can be delivered as 3D visual guides, which allow the user to see step-by-step 3D-animated sequences overlaid on top of machines, offering clear, in-context visualization for service, operating, or training instructions.

AI-enhanced expert knowledge

Your experts take their knowledge with them when they retire. Seasoned frontline workers can capture their knowledge for AR work instructions and easily create and scale AI-enhanced inspection procedures with 3D CAD data.

Remote assistance

Working remotely comes with challenges, but AR bridges that gap by adding clear visualization. Technicians and experts can draw digital annotations on a mobile screen or desktop that accurately stick to 3D physical objects in the real world, allowing the expert to guide the technician through the process.

AR work instructions help to address challenges

Retiring experts

Seasoned experts know the most about how to keep operations running. As they start to retire, their knowledge leaves with them—putting your organization in a compromising position.

Widening skills gap

Finding skilled workers to replace retiring experts is a daunting task. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the manufacturing skills gap in the US could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, the cost of which could total $1 trillion.

Hybrid and distributed workforce

With an increasingly distributed workforce and a growing lack of expertise, new hires have few resources to rely on when questions arise in the factory or out in the field.

Insufficient tools

Paper-based instructions don’t offer the context or information needed to get the job done. A Forrester study found that 77% of frontline workers say they don't have access to the technology they need to be productive.

Benefits of AR work instructions

Increase workforce efficiency

Whether in the field or on the factory floor, AR work instructions provide employees with clear, in-context instructions that empower them to get their jobs done more effectively and efficiently.

Improve uptime

Reduce downtime and accelerate problem resolution by connecting your field technicians and customers with experts who can guide them through complex tasks.

Boost knowledge retention

Reduce cognitive load and improve new hires’ time to productivity with more effective digital training tactics and on-the-job AR-enabled guidance.

Reduce costs

Lower the costs associated with training, downtime, and poor product quality with precise, always-up-to-date AR instructions.

Drive continuous improvement and compliance

Ensure that employees have access to the most up-to-date instructions and leverage critical insights gathered on the front line to identify opportunities for improvement.

Enhance safety

AR work instructions can provide employees with in-context visual warnings, guidelines, and knowledge checks to improve safety.

Creating high-value AR work instructions has never been faster or easier

Vuforia’s portfolio of AR solutions allows organizations to quickly author, edit, publish, and distribute step-by-step instructions and remote assistance globally. Vuforia AR work instructions enable:

  • Intuitive content authoring supported by the digital thread for faster time to value
  • Immersive instructions powered by leading computer vision and AI
  • Simple cross-platform publishing that fits your organizational needs
  • Enterprise security, management, and scalability

Accelerate AR authoring by automatically sourcing existing 3D product data

Creating work instructions from scratch is a difficult process, and making sure those instructions are updated and in the right employees’ hands adds even more complexity.

Fortunately, organizations can connect their existing business systems to accelerate the creation of augmented reality work instructions.

Instead of authoring a single AR experience, CAD, PLM, and AR can be seamlessly connected to scale the creation of AR work instructions for variable, complex product lines—saving your engineers and technical writers time and money. Updates made to the product design, or changes to the way it should be assembled, serviced, or inspected, will be reflected automatically within the AR application, increasing the confidence and accuracy of frontline workers.

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Industry applications for AR work instructions


Ensuring uptime and increasing throughput are essential for achieving manufacturing performance, and the effectiveness of frontline workers is critical. Explore how AR work instructions can help elevate the workforce to grow your business. Explore AR for Manufacturing


Providing service technicians with the tools they need is critical to improving first-time fix rates. Empower your technicians with visual remote support tools and clear AR work instructions to resolve problems faster and reduce costs. Explore Solutions for Service


Poor quality doesn’t just impact customer satisfaction, but also safety. Ensure your workforce is enabled with leading AI-visual inspection and 3D guidance to catch errors before they become a problem. Explore AR for Inspection


Decrease the time to production for new hires with AR work instructions that improve knowledge retention and confidence, so new hires need less on-the-job mentoring. Explore AR for Training

Vuforia work instructions case studies


Magna supercharges its quality control and training processes with AR

Nascote Industries, a division of Magna International, embraced Vuforia Expert Capture to accelerate new hire training, optimize quality inspection, and boost efficiency.

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Merck achieves a higher level of standardized work

Merck helped minimize human error and ensured consistent execution by leveraging Vuforia Expert Capture to create clear and standardized AR work instructions.

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STERIS helps customers reduce critical mistakes with AR

STERIS used Vuforia Studio to help customers improve SOP compliance, minimize errors, and reduce the risk of contamination with clear 3D visual guidance.

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Howden improved customer support with augmented remote assistance

Howden implemented AR remote assistance with Vuforia Chalk to help support their global customers and improve their workforce productivity.

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Vuforia work instructions offerings

Vuforia Expert Capture is an easy-to-use SaaS AR solution to help frontline workers more efficiently with on-the-job captured domain expertise and AI-enhanced visual inspection.

Vuforia Studio leverages the digital thread to transform your existing CAD, PLM, and IoT data into detailed 3D AR instructions that provide critical information overlayed on the physical world.

Vuforia Chalk makes augmented reality widely available and quickly accessible by combining advanced AR collaboration tools with real-time video to connect a field technician with an expert.

AR work instructions frequently asked questions

What is the difference between digital work instructions and AR work instructions?

Digital work instructions are an evolution of traditional, paper-based instructions that take written instructions, photos, graphs, and other critical information for frontline workers on a tablet. However, this method of instruction is missing key context.

The evolution of digital work instructions is augmented reality work instructions, which overlay critical information onto the real world. Workers no longer need to compare 2D images or information on a 2D screen with the real 3D product. Companies can also leverage existing 3D CAD, PLM, and IoT data to add even more valuable information for workers, where and when they need it. AR work instructions can be easily authored, deployed, and scaled across an organization.

How to implement work instructions using augmented reality?

Augmented reality work instructions can be created and implemented in several different ways. If an organization has existing CAD and PLM data, it can be leveraged to accelerate the creation of model-based AR work instructions. For companies without CAD data, experts can capture their knowledge on the job, from a first-person perspective, and have it easily authored into instructions.

These AR work instructions can be implemented by publishing them cross-platform on tablets, phones, and AR headsets, which offers implementation flexibility for organizations to utilize the devices they already have.

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