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Augmented Reality or A/R Will Greatly Enhance Manufacturing Industries

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Augmented Reality or A/R may feel like something out of a science fiction movie or a concept belonging to the future, but we already interact with A/R more often than we know. One recent example is the Pokémon Go craze that applied A/R to locate, capture, battle and train Pokemon creatures. Smartphone users of all ages used A/R to superimpose Pokémon’s computer-generated images to views of the real world.

Blending the Virtual and Real

Different than the computer-generated environment of virtual reality, Augmented Reality superimposes sounds, images and text on the world we see. The composite view produced through A/R can enhance the world and offer numerous applications for enjoyment and work. Prominent examples of applications abound in the aerospace, military and automobile industries. These companies use A/R to solve key operational issues and are introducing ways a workforce can more easily perform repetitive tasks in a more efficient manner.

It can also enhance remote work and improve collaboration. For example, applications can free users from the need to refer to a laptop for instructions or the need to be in a set location to call up videos. Users can leave notes, issue voice commands and call up information from colleagues literally before their eyes.

Manufacturing Industry Applications

But beyond demonstrations on a trade show floor or flashy examples from high-end companies with deep pockets, how will it be used in the so-called real world? A 2017 article from engineering.com profiled five possible uses of Augmented Reality in the manufacturing industry.

Complex Assembly – Instead of referring to work instructions on static documents that could be out of date, A/R can make the instructions changeable and easy to update. The technology can include technical drawings, video and comments from the last person on the job. Workers no longer need to leave a task to check a work station for information.

Maintenance – Support for maintenance-related tasks can become easier with A/R. Augmented models allow workers to confirm and record inspection orders and results using voice technology. This method allows workers to ditch cumbersome manuals while streamlining and speeding up the inspection process.

Expert Support – Traveling to a site to perform maintenance is expensive, but the telepresence provided could improve the process. Augmented Reality can allow a technician located anywhere in the world to see through the eyes of an on-site technician performing the work, offering the ability to provide real-time Q&A and support.

Quality Assurance – Manual inspections can also be enhanced through A/R. Inspectors take photos of parts or assemblies under inspection and compare those to an augmented reality overlay. As a result, out-of-spec features become easier to spot and report, potentially speeding up and enhancing the effectiveness of the inspection process.

Automation – Although some associate A/R with the use of robots with subsequent loss of jobs, others see it as supplementation and collaboration, ultimately improving working efficiency. Augmented Reality has the potential to read the environment and then “feed” that information to workers.

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There’s Nothing “hokie” About Virginia’s Manufacturing Economy

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Virginia has a lot to offer to a variety of manufacturing industries with the GDP of Virginia being $480 billion and manufacturing accounting for 8.95% of the total. Today, more than 4,560 manufacturing firms employ about 5.9% of the state’s workforce.

The Human Development Index of Virginia is 5.47 which indicates living conditions are considerably higher than the national average. Forbes ranked Virginia #6 as a Best State for Business.

Manufacturing Benefits

Six major interstate highways, more than ten commercial airports, 3400 miles of railway and 25+ international shipping lines from the Port of Virginia create easy and fast connections to 200+ countries from the state.

Virginia’s extremely low tax rate of 6% (which has not been amended since 1972) provides enormous benefits to businesses. The state also does not tax accounts receivable, computer software, inventory or other intangibles.

The average cost of electricity per commercial unit use is 6.44 cents, which is nearly 14% lower than the national average.

Virginia also has an enormously skilled and productive workforce available at affordable costs. Additionally, the right-to-work laws allow people to work irrespective of their membership in a labor union.

Manufacturing Industries

The food, beverage, and tobacco manufacturing industries accounted for $1.7 billion towards the state’s economy as recently as 2014. No other manufacturing sectors comes close to this massive revenue generation. Chemicals manufacturing nabs the second-best manufacturing sector in Virginia while rounding out the third spot is transportation equipment manufacturing which contributes $366 million to the state’s economy.

Agriculture Based Manufacturing

32% of Virginia consists of farmlands which are approximately 8.1 million acres. Over 44,000 farms produce a massive range of crops for exports as well as internal use. Namely, Virginia produces a lot of tomatoes, soy, tobacco, peanuts, hay, apples, potatoes, grapes, and cottonseed. Tobacco is one of the most important cash crops for the state.

The state of Virginia has a direct economic output of $25.9 billion from food & beverage manufacturing. This sector provides job opportunities to 11% of the state’s population, i.e. more than 35000 people. The average annual earnings of a manufacturing employee was estimated to be $70,882 in 2015. Since 2006, $1.9 billion has been invested by various food manufacturing companies in the state of Virginia, opening doors to 7000 more new jobs and setting new highs for revenue generation.

Beverage manufacturing takes the lead role in this industry with 219 firms. Tortilla and bread manufacturing ranks second with 174 companies. Food & beverage manufacturing consists of many large manufacturers like Pepsi Co., Hershey, McKee Foods, Kraft/Heinz and Lipton (Unilever).

Virginia’s manufacturing exports have consistently shown increases since 2009. The exports of manufactured goods contributed $13.94 billion towards Virginia’s economy in 2016. With a robust manufacturing economy fueled by growing exports of goods, it’s no wonder we included Virginia in our list of U.S Manufacturing States.

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