Virtual reality (VR) is another vital component of 21st Century safety. Why? Because for many job actions, it’s impossible for employees to learn on the job without risk.
Yet with VR, workers can practice production tasks in a digital environment, learning how to safely manage potential problems — increased demand and line speed, poor quality, machine breakdowns, hazardous conditions, etc.
VR is also vital to robotics initiatives, as specialists control robotics via visualization displays located a safe distance from harsh production settings (e.g., high heat, excessive noise, dangerous materials or gases).
Just as promising are the revenue implications of VR. Machine builders can proactively monitor installed bases of equipment anywhere around the globe via VR, viewing a digital twin of the equipment or even the entire production process.
This allows them to mitigate downtime events and quickly resolve incidents (e.g., by connecting with maintenance staff via mixed reality).
By analyzing real-time data from machinery, they can alert customers to maintenance requirements, warranty renewals, or parts/component replacement schedules — driving new service revenues and profits.
In return, their customers enjoy improved uptime, optimized performance, and faster maintenance responses.
Visualization technologies and real-time production information create competitive advantages for machine builders and customers alike. Are you ready for the future of manufacturing?