PTA has also investigated and implemented a virtual Augmented Reality (AR) Light Guide that projects the work instruction right onto the work surface. This was a project focused on bringing in a point-of-use work instruction to aid in training and scrap reduction. We found some of our more complicated assemblies had some escapement of scrap parts to the customer which caused monetary and efficiency loss. In an effort to reduce and eliminate these escapements, utilizing AR made following instructions and training easier for our Operators to use. Content creation is critical to the success of this technology and the overall goal for PTA is to utilize AR in many other aspects of our business from production, to maintenance, in addition to training new employees. Not only can this technology assist with the transfer of knowledge, but can also help fill the gap with experienced-based jobs and familiarity along with potentially assisting new employees to peak efficiency much faster than any traditional method of training.
We have come a long way from the first industrial revolution and the mechanization through water and steam power. The digital connections of our systems and business capabilities are positively re-tooling our workforce to become more productive and efficient. Ultimately, this is the true power of Industry 4.0. Do you wish to learn more about our capabilities or talk with us about an upcoming project? Contact us today.