Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are two of the most popular buzzwords that professionals are using in the industry today. However, do they provide any real value to the industry? Data scientists and innovators are constantly working on the next big thing in the VR and AR worlds to bring them as valuable components of various business processes. Today, we can say that AR and VR are truly affecting the business world in real-time.
These technologies help in 3-modeling, spatial analysis, technical feasibility tests, as well as structural analysis in various industries.
One of the core applications of AR and VR technologies can be found in the manufacturing industry. The top professionals of this industry are leveraging them for 3-dimensional modeling. After the initial cost of setup, the 3-D modeling technologies can help these experts save a tonne of money in the analytical processes. They can also help these experts reduce the overall time taken for a complete research and development cycle.
3-D modeling in virtual environments does not require any physical raw materials. Therefore, professionals can save money in the procurement of such materials for construction and modeling purposes. Professional 3-D modeling experts can leverage the best features of the Virtual Reality modules to create large environments as well as smaller components on the digital interface.
Augmented Reality is a technology that is slowly eradicating the boundaries between the real and the virtual worlds. It can help you overlay the virtual articles in the real-world environment through a camera and a screen. This process can help the manufacturing experts conduct a spatial analysis of the space available to them for a specific article.
The spatial analysis is helpful in the planning phase for the manufacture of small and large articles. It also helps the professionals get a fair idea of the space that a particular article will consume in real life by augmenting it through the camera. Spatial analysis can also be coupled with preliminary holographic technologies to create a physical light-formed entity that is open to manipulation. Such technologies are discussed in length in various sci-fi movies like Iron Man and Back to the Future.
Technical Feasibility and Efficiency Analysis
Efficiency plays a major role in bringing down the overall cost and time taken for the completion of a process in an assembly-line model of business. In such scenarios, professional solution architects and assembly line engineers need to model the entire manufacturing line in virtual environments. These engineers often deal with several budget and space constraints. Developing a physical model of the entire line if not always feasible for them. This is where the virtual environments step into the picture.
With VR and AR technologies, engineers can create a sample for the entire assembly line for technical feasibility and efficiency analysis. This analysis gives them a good idea of the total cost of the project. It also gives them a fair estimate of the time that a particular process will take on the assembly line.
Engineers can also conduct a structural analysis of a complex structure with a good amount of accuracy built into the system with AR. They can visualize how a structure will stand or fail in pre-defined conditions with the AR technologies.
AR-based structural analysis will also help engineers identify the weak points in a complex hybrid structure to increase the overall load bearing capacity of the model. This analysis can be coupled with the best automation technologies to automate various processes within the company at the manufacturing stage.
The popularity of VR and AR technologies is increasing at an exponential phase in the manufacturing industry. More and more professionals want to know about these technologies and bring them to the assembly floor as soon as possible. The point where these technologies will be embedded closely with the other software and hardware technologies on the assembly lines is not very far.
In its true essence, we can say that VR and AR are continuing to forge winning partnerships between man and machine. Coupling these technologies with IoT and other smart connected devices will increase the overall efficiency of the system and pave the way for an end-to-end automation cycle.