Providing on site, as needed training allows workers to pivot to a company’s needs quickly and efficiently, as shown by a study conducted by EPRI and Ameren Illinois. The study, which tasked workers with completing maintenance and router installation, showed that the group provided with in-field training through an AR app completed their assigned tasks nearly twice as fast as the group of workers given their instructions on paper cards.
What makes digital “bundles” useful is that the subject matter experts are developing these AR digital materials with a simple drag-and-drop platform, making AR affordable and scalable. In a manufacturing context, those needs can be training, or providing clear instructions to solve a specific on-floor problem. The possibilities for application are limited only by the imagination and needs of the client.
To sustain growth and close the workforce gap, modern manufacturers need to embrace new technology. Collaboration between human workers and technology benefits both the workers and the company by decreasing inefficiencies and increasing productivity. AR can provide workers with just-in-time training and the on-site support they need to improve their performance. When it comes to innovation in manufacturing, the future is augmented.