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Empowering Aluminium Front-Line Workforce with Industrial Augmented Reality (AR)

Wednesday 2nd December 13:30 - 14:00

The average plant worker’s age is increasing while headcount is leaner providing fewer opportunities to transfer knowledge from more to less experienced people. Workflow art, the correct methods to execute tasks, is being lost with retirees and leaner workforces while skill gaps and productivity pressures are increasing. The collection of these workflow arts is sometimes summarized into the term “tribal knowledge”. Current pressures of the COVID19 pandemic accentuate the timeliness and urgency to bridge the gaps and mitigate loss of tribal knowledge.

Augmented Reality (AR), the HMI of Industry4.0, is already helping. An industrial AR system has been utilized within the metallurgical industry to digitalize (capture) and share operational workflow knowledge. This paper will provide a background of AR technology before providing examples of how the AR system is being used within the metals industry to digitalize collect, preserve, and share tribal knowledge and associated technical arts. Best practices of how to successfully implement Industry 4.0 technologies will also be discussed.

Speaker: Eric Almquist, Business Development Manager/Engineer at Star Tool & Die Works, Inc.

Empowering Aluminium Front-Line Workforce with Industrial Augmented Reality (AR)


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