Factories are becoming smarter and more information-rich, and shop floor workers need to receive the critical information in a timely, accessible and safe manner to be as productive as possible. That’s where smart glasses come into play. In fact, the shop floor is one of the primary areas where manufacturers experience the value of smart glasses. In a recent Manufacturing Business Technology article, Upskill co-founder and CEO, Brian Ballard, broke down the six ways smart glasses on the shop floor are helping manufacturers improve efficiency and quality:
- Visibility into production data. Smart glasses can connect with systems of record to provide workers with real-time information essential to production, such as machine state, shift state, line yields and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
- Real-time troubleshooting. When an issue occurs on the line, workers can connect and communicate with experts anytime, anywhere, to resolve problems faster and more effectively.
- Digital inspections. Technicians can document defects, reference repair guides and even record the repair’s progress through their smart glasses.
- Resource utilization. With a more connected workforce, managers and workflow automation systems can redirect or alert personnel on the line to prevent bottlenecks and meet peak production levels.
- Knowledge capture. Smart glasses help bridge the widening skills gap, allowing experienced workers to capture their processes to upskill new and less-experienced employees.
- Workforce safety. Manufacturers can use smart glasses to record safety procedures and perform job hazard analyses on the plant floor.
To learn more, check out Brian’s article here.