In this joint presentation, Brian Laughlin and Paul Davies of Boeing take the audience through the multiple ways in which Boeing has been applying Augmented Reality – a term the company coined in the late 80s – to manufacturing.
The effects of using AR at Boeing have included reductions in assembly time, errors and training requirements, increase in workers’ capacity to recall work instructions, and the transfer of knowledge from an aging workforce to a newer one—things get built faster with higher quality because AR is the fastest mode of instruction. Given challenges like industry regulations, content and ergonomics, Boeing is employing AR on various devices depending on the use case. HoloLens, for one, is great for design review as well as for training. Brian and Paul also used their time on stage to demo several HoloLens applications, where 3D content, 2D text and audio combine to train and assist workers.