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Discover How AR Technology is Revamping Industry Efficiency

Discover How AR Technology is Revamping Industry Efficiency
AR technology solution enhances industrial efficiency

Future high-tech manufacturing workers—including the next generation of shipbuilders—will depend on Industry 4.0 technologies, such as augmented reality head-mounted display modules (AR-HMD), for training and help in managing workflow and remote troubleshooting.

According to a recent paper published in the journal Ergonomics, trials of such AR-HMD technologies to increase productivity by minimising and correcting mistakes in advanced manufacturing and assembly would enhance software, tracking, and other potential elements of such devices.

Australia has been slow to adopt Industry 4.0 technology, according to the first author, Dr. Valerie O’Keeffe, also a Flinders University Human Factors’ Senior Researcher, even though its adoption is being promoted to boost production flexibility and competitiveness.

The Australian Navy Hunter Class Frigate Programme provides an opportunity to accelerate the application of technology in order to improve worker capabilities and productivity in a long-standing, complex, and vital industry.

Users may instantly access digital information and use head-mounted displays with augmented reality capabilities to assist them in completing tasks connected to their occupations.

The AR-HMD Hololens 2 in a simulated production process was the subject of the research case study in order to better understand the workload and user experience of shipbuilders. This entailed using a collaborative robot equipped with a visual inspection camera to do various activities including electrical assembly, inspection, and quality assurance.

The research was conducted at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, with support from industrial collaborator BAE Systems Maritime Australia.

According to Dr. O’Keeffe, the research shows how AR-HMDs may be used to integrate cutting-edge technology, enhancing usefulness and reducing end-user stress.

This, in her opinion, is helpful for quickening learning and increasing skill levels in a labour market that lacks qualified individuals.


Interface design, monitoring, gesturing, and device lifetime were the most likely areas where AR-HMD adoption was expected to be low and in need of improvement to ensure successful uptake in operations.

However, the data show that employees are generally enthusiastic and accepting of technology in the workplace, which might promote learning and productivity.

Findings might influence how new technologies are adopted and how information is transferred to heavy sectors other than shipbuilding.

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