PTC and Nokia looking to augmented reality for industrial contexts at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe this week is set to promise much for anyone with even a passing interest in industrial technology – and PTC and Nokia have gotten a jump on the rest by launching augmented reality (AR)-flavoured offerings.

PTC announced the unveiling of its new Vuforia Expert Capture AR solution. The product aims to improve the entire manufacturing process, including productivity, quality, safety, and compliance. The solution is set to empower frontline workers in industries by providing them with the relevant information they need to accomplish tasks efficiently and accurately. If the need arises, the product can also help capture information during the process without disrupting high-value workers.

“We are excited to offer industrial enterprises a new way to use AR to leverage the tribal knowledge of SMEs and help alleviate the skills gap crisis threatening today’s industrial enterprise,” said Mike Campbell, EVP augmented reality products at PTC. “Vuforia Expert Capture is a high value, out-of-the-box solution that accelerates AR content creation that enables manufacturers to not only improve the accuracy and speed at which workers successfully complete new or unfamiliar tasks, but also to reduce training costs and time to productivity.”

Nokia meanwhile, alongside several industry ecosystem partners, is displaying the second generation of its ‘Factory in a Box’ product, a proof of concept container which shows how Industry 4.0 solutions can be packed, transported and brought back into service in a couple of hours, including full over-the-air connectivity.

The product combines additive manufacturing, together with augmented and virtual reality and robotics, powered by Nokia private 4G/5G. In addition, the semi-automated production workflow also incorporates the company’s proprietary Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) and has a Nokia Digital Automation Cloud on board for industry-grade connectivity.

Last month, software firm ESI Group and AR software solutions provider Diota announced a collaboration to solve issues related to factory assembly and in-service maintenance via an end-to-end solution. The product leverages digital data to provide improved productivity, quality and traceability, thereby negating operational risk. The solution, called IC.IDO, is a dedicated VR solution designed to help engineers identify design risks as early as possible in the product or process lifecycles. Current customers include Boeing, Bombardier, FCA, Ford, and Safran.

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