How Apple Vision Pro Can Transform and Connect Manufacturing Workforces

How Apple Vision Pro Can Transform and Connect Manufacturing Workforces
How Apple Vision Pro Can Transform and Connect Manufacturing Workforces

The connected workforce is just around the corner, leaving the industrial metaverse more in reach than we may think. As new business applications to Apple Vision Pro are introduced, the benefits of putting the power back into the hands of the frontline worker are increasingly being realized by forward-thinking companies. Apple Vision Pro and spatial computing, when integrated as part of a connected worker platform, have the potential to transform manufacturing operations to improve efficiency, sustainability and workforce safety right down on the factory floor.

For too long, manufacturing technology investments have been geared towards machines and materials, rather than the frontline worker. Now, Industry 5.0 has arrived, and an increasing amount of manufacturing companies realize the benefits of  digital investment that goes beyond machines and materials–and extends to employees, too.

Gaining a competitive edge is constantly on the manufacturing agenda–but now more than ever, companies are searching for innovative solutions to get ahead of the rest. In the next five years, 86% of manufacturing executives see smart factory solutions as a leading competitor differentiator.

Yes, machines are getting smarter, but so are people–and manufacturers already anticipate a 12% rise in labor productivity through the use of the industrial metaverse. Now, with the release of Apple Vision Pro and the Poka connected worker platform, advancements in the industrial metaverse are not far behind.

Make way for the industrial metaverse!

A lot of the current hype has centered on consumers using the tech to seamlessly blend digital content with the physical world, but there are significant industry applications for such spatial computing technologies.

Spatial computing solutions have to be more than just a cut and paste job–there’s much more to it than simply taking current iPad applications and making it available on the App Store for Apple Vision Pro. The new era of spatial computing requires intense re-design, re-engineering, and a truly re-imagined approach to the current technology used on the shop floor to achieve its full potential.

Follow my lead: Video training experiences get an upgrade

I have seen with our customers, how company training programs have already been transformed with the help of visual work instructions. Multimedia, one-point lessons make it easier for workers to understand and retain critical information, which in turn leads to better performance. Now with Apple Vision Pro, video instructions can become more immersive and provide a more realistic experience as it can be used to film instructions from a first-person point-of-view.

The benefits are two-fold. Not only does this avoid the need to have two people – the videographer and the trainer – when creating content, but the training video quality provides a more impactful experience.

Learning on the job – in real-time

3D CAD models can be uploaded at the plant, production line, workstation and equipment level. When a user is watching a work instruction, they can have the 3D model open and available in a second window–giving workers the opportunity to practice and the ability to operate the object or machine. This type of enhanced and immersive training experience can be especially valuable when you want to provide instructions prior to a worker being on the factory floor. A new hire orientation for example or when frontline workers are training for hazardous zones, or even training workers in advance of a new site or equipment commissioning.  

Improving productivity and efficiency–with no hands

Ensuring productivity and efficiency is a top priority for any manufacturing business, and that’s why it is essential employees are given the tools and relevant information that will help them perform tasks to their best ability. This is where the ability to make task execution and checklists that can be done hands-free, play a huge role. It can help improve efficiency and ensure workers have easy access to critical information and the ability to collaborate, all the while getting the job done.

An associate can put on the device to perform a product changeover, and have the checklist visible in a window as reference. Then, as the steps are completed, the checklist can be filled in through speech to text. Instead of picking up a tablet to fill in the checklist once the steps are completed, it can be done in real-time.

Apple Vision Pro: The gamechanger for AR and VR

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been around for some time. Concerns about earlier devices have kept companies from investing heavily in development as headsets were deemed too clunky, unresponsive, poor quality, and not adapted for manufacturers.

But Apple Vision Pro allows for seamless transitions between fully immersive digital content and augmented physical reality. Game-changing features allows users to precisely manipulate physical objects using their eyes, hands and voice.

A new level to spatial computing, unlocked

The introduction of Apple Vision Pro has the potential to transform worker experiences, by combining spatial computing and augmented reality. When integrated with a powerful connected worker platform, training, task execution, and communication are significantly enhanced to drive new efficiencies on the factory floor.

About The Author

Antoine Bisson is chief technology officer at leading connected worker software company Poka.

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