Industry 4.0: the benefits of virtual and augmented reality

Safety, maintenance and design are just some of the many benefits that these two technologies will bring to companies in the future

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Industry 4.0, a term that broadly indicates the introduction of new technologies in factories. In this fourth industrial revolution, virtual and augmented reality will play an important role in improving production processes.

These two innovative technologies, in fact, will bring countless benefits to companies from several points of view. They can be used to optimize the realization of a project. Let's take an example. Using the virtual reality a constructor of automobiles will be able to visualize as it will be the car before beginning the production. With a visor he will be able to navigate inside the cockpit, view all the details and evaluate other parameters. And without the need to physically build a prototype. This will save the company time and, above all, a lot of money.

The benefits of virtual and augmented reality

Virtual reality is also very useful when it comes to safety. It is possible to recreate a virtual environment perfectly identical to the real one and evaluate if the implementation of certain actions is dangerous. Think, for example, when an operator has to enter an area of the industrial plant that is particularly impervious, or when he has to repair a machine.

Augmented reality can also be decisive in several areas. Let's stay with maintenance and give a new example. Many operators are forced to rely on instructions to repair a machine, whether they are paper or digital. Augmented reality makes the process much easier and faster. A pair of glasses will project the instructions directly onto the machine and show exactly where to intervene.

The two new technologies, then, have several applications and will allow companies, in the future, to achieve improvements in production processes, maintenance, service (which can be done remotely) and many other areas. Businesses will just have to adopt virtual and augmented reality and promote training for staff.