The aerospace industry is just one manufacturing sector feeling the effects of the widening talent gap. With global markets requiring as many as 33,000 new aircraft by 2035, aerospace manufacturers will need to look for new and innovative ways to upskill new and existing workers to meet that need.

In an article for Aerospace Manufacturing & Design, Upskill CEO and co-founder, Brian Ballard, shares how smart glasses can help transform aircraft production and provide hands-on workers with the tools needed to drive efficiency, accelerate production time and increase first-time quality. Using Boeing as an example, Ballard discusses the role of smart glasses and assisted reality software applications in upskilling the aerospace manufacturing workforce. He cites smart glasses’ ability to provide advanced knowledge-capture; task digitization and reference; defect visualization; real-time collaboration and training; and resource utilization as the top five ways these technologies can help narrow the skills gap.

Boeing has improved production time by as much as 25 percent in its wire harness assembly process leveraging these benefits from Upskill’s Skylight platform. Randall MacPherson, senior manager of Boeing’s Electrical Strategic Fabrication Center in Mesa, Arizona, calls this improvement a step function change, which has resulted in a substantial increase in first-time quality.

Additionally, Boeing found that smart glasses are helping attract and maintain a younger generation of workers – another way technology is filling the talent gap left by 2.7 million retiring baby boomers. These young, tech-savvy workers can use smart glasses to more quickly get up to speed and learn the required skills to perform more complex tasks.

Read the full article, “Smart glasses transform aircraft production,” here.

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