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Your Guide to Selecting the Right Augmented Reality Tools

With so many augmented reality technologies available, it’s vital to select a solution that will meet your specific needs.

Augmented reality is emerging as mission-critical for industrial enterprises. And while the benefits are impressive, success depends upon projects—and products—that address your pain points. Are you certain you’ll have the AR capabilities you need, and make sure you won’t pay for capabilities you don’t need?

In your free Industrial AR Buyer’s Guide, you’ll find:

  • AR use cases with maximum ROI potential

  • Extensive criteria for evaluating AR products

  • Vuforia AR products, organized by capabilities and use-cases

  • A capability checklist that you can use with any AR product

Not all AR software solutions are created equal; why gamble on your AR investment, when you can maximize your odds of success?

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Why Your Industrial Skills Gap Is More Than Just a Retirement Problem. AR Heralded as the Solution

For manufacturing, service, and other industrial markets, the skills shortage problem is well documented, and it shows no signs of slowing. Frequently attributed to aging experts exiting the workforce via retirement, the role this trend is playing shouldn’t be overlooked—in the next few years, over a quarter of all manufacturing workers will be older than 55. However, the skills resource problem is more nuanced than age-based attrition.

Augmented reality has been heralded as the solution, but AR isn’t one-size fits all; it’s highly customizable and requires proper direction to solve specific problems. To successfully address the skills deficit with AR, it is important to recognize the four factors that are contributing to your skill drainage.

Lack of systems to produce new skilled workers

Simply put, there’s a lack of systems to put people on the path towards becoming skilled experts. Students are increasingly encouraged to pursue traditional college degrees rather than careers in skilled work, due to societal and economic factors. Technical schools have also broadened their focus to include IT curriculum, and many secondary education districts have reduced courses that expose students to labor skills. But while STEM initiatives are up, the focus is often on utilizing those skills outside of a manufacturing context.

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While the industry needs to address these underlying trends to increase demand for manufacturing jobs, AR can provide an important stopgap. AR-delivered training has proven to both accelerate skills development and improve competency outcomes, which allows manufacturers to get more expertise from smaller pools of candidates.

Competition with other types of jobs

As manufacturing has seen declining preparation and focus in education systems, it also must contend with competition with other job options once students graduate. Potential employees are being lured away to retail, construction, shipping and transportation and service sector industry jobs—even if long-term career benefits for these jobs are not as good. These jobs are frequently more ubiquitous in populous areas, and have a lower barrier to entry.

Innovative technologies like AR can help the manufacturing industry appeal to a new generation of students consisting of “digital natives”. AR-driven training and guidance can help to quickly upskill novice technicians while bringing the allure of working with exciting emerging technology solutions.

Continued global expansion

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Global expansion is a complex issue that affects the skill gap in multiple ways. Primarily, it reflects an exodus of manufacturing jobs from industrialized nations to countries where the cost of living and salaries are lower. While this reduces costs of operations for large enterprises and helps create global economic growth, it has also contributed to the skills gap. Manufacturing increasingly becomes considered an outsourced occupation—which can hinder companies that desire or require operations in more developed economies. It also creates a burden for companies that must increasingly manage localized processes, from training and guidance, to translation, to local compliance and governance.

AR is a communication medium that can massively reduce localization requirements, both in providing new training and in ongoing guidance. Content is easily adapted to local languages, but more importantly, AR also relies heavily on iconography, design files, products themselves, and other elements that reduce the amount of text-based content.

Increasing product complexity

While the previous factors deal primarily with workforces, product complexity represents a different type of skills gap pressure. Competition and evolving market conditions have accelerated the need to customize and personalize products, requiring more intricate and agile operations and a wider variety of processes for individual skilled workers. Product complexity also requires manufacturers to better facilitate the documentation, management, and delivery of training and guidance. This pressure increases with accelerated, on-demand processes.

Industrial enterprises can now use AR to easily update and deliver manuals and guides almost immediately, instead of reprinting and shipping them to reflect product variance. Even relative to PDF and digitized manuals, AR is easier to navigate and select. Hands-free, over-the-shoulder guidance allows workers to easily understand instructions for different assembly, operation, or maintenance variations.

Addressing complex challenges requires a multi-faceted skills solution: augmented reality

The skills shortage is a complex problem that requires manufacturers to change how they recruit talent, manage their resources, and even how they interact with government agencies as they lobby for workforce-friendly legislation. And while there is no single answer, augmented reality is proving to be a game-changer for how industrial companies onboard, upskill, and empower their employees. In fact, industrial applications of augmented reality are predicted to far outpace all other types of AR investment over the next half-decade.

To learn more about why augmented reality is so effective for training and guidance, the innovative ways its being implemented, and how you can harness AR for rapid value, download this complementary eBook: Closing the Industrial Skills Gap with Augmented Reality.

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The Power of IoT Platforms for Building AR Applications (New Report)

Learn about the benefits and challenges of using an IoT platform to accelerate Augmented Reality solutions

Combined with IoT-connected data sources and historic product data from CAD files, Augmented Reality enables industries to deliver transformative experiences. Early-stage AR solution developers are seizing market-leader positions, while forcing competitors to reevaluate their business models and play catch up.

ABI research explores the realities of implementing AR solutions to help you:

  • Recognize the benefits and avoid hidden challenges of building AR applications

  • Understand the important role that IoT platforms and IoT data can play in building AR solutions

  • Learn how real-world companies are leveraging their existing data to create rich AR experiences

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Also, we invite you to attend our VRARA Enterprise Summit, hosted by the VR/AR Association, that will take place on June 10th at the LiveWorx digital transformation conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The full-day event will bring together the best minds in VR/AR from across the globe. Presentations from industry leaders will include VR/AR Enterprise topics on AEC, Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing, Training, UX & Design, and much more. LiveWorx is the world's most respected conference for the enterprise to experience the most innovative and disruptive technologies — VR/AR, IoT, machine learning, blockchain, robotics and much more. 6500+ attendees are expected. LiveWorx is June 10-13. More info and get tickets here

Learn how manufacturers are using AR to onboard new workers faster and to help workers of all skill levels become more effective (Analyst White Paper)

ARC White Paper: AR in Manufacturing

By introducing augmented reality to factory floors, manufacturers are improving KPIs and more importantly—closing the skills gap.

By introducing augmented reality (AR) to factory floors, manufacturers are improving KPIs and more importantly—closing the skills gap.

Learn how manufacturers are using augmented reality to onboard new workers faster and to help workers of all skill levels become more effective.

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Analytics and automation have changed manufacturing operations. Now, augmented reality is similarly transforming human operations. Manufacturers that have embraced AR are seeing newer workers develop skills faster and workers of all skill levels become more effective and responsive.

Download this free analyst white paper from ARC Advisory Group to learn how AR is driving value for manufacturers, including:

  • The most effective, mission-critical AR solutions for manufacturing

  • Which KPIs are being measured to recognize AR effectiveness

  • 5 strategies for success to consider during AR planning

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We invite you to attend our VRARA Enterprise Summit, hosted by the VR/AR Association, that will take place on June 10th at the LiveWorx digital transformation conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The full-day event will bring together the best minds in VR/AR from across the globe. Presentations from industry leaders will include VR/AR Enterprise topics on AEC, Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing, Training, UX & Design, and much more. LiveWorx is the world's most respected conference for the enterprise to experience the most innovative and disruptive technologies — VR/AR, IoT, machine learning, blockchain, robotics and much more. 6500+ attendees are expected. LiveWorx is June 10-13. More info and get tickets here


AR for Business: Ten Expert Opinions

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When implementing a transformative technology like AR, defining a clear vision and strategy are important first steps for every business. Knowing what to prioritize and who to engage, and when, can fast-track the entire process towards achieving tangible business results.

With advice from leading industry experts, this eBook provides guidance on:

  • How to get started with AR at the enterprise level

  • How to stay focused on solving specific business challenges

  • When to get buy-in from key stakeholders

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Report: Improving Efficiency Across the Value Chain with AR Digital Product Visualization

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Throughout the product lifecycle – from proof of concept to development and sales – there are several areas where more transparency, better collaboration and improved efficiencies can produce clear business value. 

In Improving Efficiency Across the Value Chain with Digital Product Visualization, ABI Research explores how Augmented Reality (AR) is the key for accelerating product development and sales cycles. 

Your sales reps, customers, product development engineers and service technicians can all view and interact with your products in real-time, through the smartphones and tablets they carry with them every day. 

Download a free copy of “Improving Efficiency Across the Value Chain with Digital Product Visualization” to learn more about specific use cases for AR in product development and sales.

Free Report: Are you ready to leverage AR technology in your service strategy but aren’t sure where to start to get the most value?

Are you ready to leverage AR technology in your service strategy but aren’t sure where to start to get the most value? 

In How Augmented Reality Drives Real-World Gains in Service, Training, Sales & Marketing, and Manufacturing, IDC does a deep dive into how AR is enhancing service and the ways it is already driving ROI. 

Based on survey results included in the report, 62% of service organizations say AR is providing measurable value for service in the following ways:

 Better knowledge transfer among employees

 Increased employee efficiency onsite

 Improved first-time fix rates

 Fewer truck rolls

Download a complimentary copy of “How Augmented Reality Drives Real-World Gains in Service, Training, Sales & Marketing, and Manufacturing” today to learn more about how AR is transforming the service industry.