- In design and prototyping, virtual reality enables users to explore multiple facets of a product before committing to any form of physical production.
- Virtual reality provides valuable, advanced information about ergonomic requirements for workers manufacturing specific parts and products.
- It is a sophisticated, real time training tool for production lines, simulating a broad range of environments and processes.
- Virtual reality has the power to accelerate the whole manufacturing process, enabling products to be launched much more rapidly.
Why is VR adoption crucial for manufacturing?In a technologically advancing, highly-interconnected world, divisions between the digital and physical are blurring. Manufacturers can no longer afford to ignore the impact that digital technology is having on the marketplace as well as their ability to compete effectively. Like other industries, manufacturing must continue to look for new business models to help boost productivity and profitability. These include adapting processes, but also original ways of equipping employees with the skills they need to meet changing demands in production.
- For research, design and review purposes, VR improves capabilities and accelerates time-to-market. It enables manufacturers to pinpoint and address potential problem areas in design while keeping costs down and keeping to schedule.
- It also provides a highly collaborative environment, offering improved communication for researchers, designers and developers.
- Optimising products quickly, accurately and efficiently is critical for manufacturers looking to maintain and improve their margins.
- Optimisation also extends to learning. Immersive VR can reduce the time it takes for operators to reach advanced proficiency levels, improve skills and maximise team training.