Engineering

VW uses data glasses to accelerate production

Instead of scandals VW would like to come back with technical innovation in the headlines. The carmaker now systematically puts 3D Data Glasses into the production. What flop so far among the residential customers, could well become a 4.0 in the industry to the Renner.

VW uses data glasses to accelerate production
VW employees with data glasses. Glasses was tested by 30 employees during the past three months in the logistics and now permanently deployed. The glasses shows for example the part numbers in the field of view.

In picking a large industrial firm, employees assemble orders, we say: five hoods, three left wing mirrors and a passenger floor mat for section D1. Previously ran for people with Terminal boards through the aisles, today they carry mostly small computer with it.

Volkswagen factory should soon will retier PC stations from the production line. Around 30 employees are already using 3D data glasses working with central database, where all necessary information such as the sampling place or the part number are displayed.

The advantages are clear: employees have both hands free, the glasses is also used as a scanner. She reads the bar code of the extracted parts and displays green if it is the right thing, or just red in the wrong. The cooperation between man and machine “a new level”, to reach with the data glasses says Reinhard de Vries, head of plant logistics.

Three months trial period completed. Software to coordinate production using data glasses is ready.

For three months, VW has tested the system. The company reported good experiences and expects a faster integration of newcomers. To increase the acceptance of the use is so far voluntary. But already, VW plans to use the data glasses also in other areas, plants and brands.

Volvo also experimented with data glasses. The Swedish manufacturer has presented the HoloLens together with Microsoft, with the customers in the future virtual can see your dream car. But also in the development and in the production of the car, Volvo puts the glasses which inserts in addition to the real image of additional information.

The factory might be finally smart field in the industry 4.0, on which the data glasses find a larger market – even if no mass market. Despite low sales, the Smartglass pioneer Google, nor the competition keep their hands off the technology. So Sony has presented his model “Attach” this year for the first time, and Samsung already has a model on the market, however, is proposed in terms of elegance and lightness of each mask. But actually immerse the user into another world, a “virtual reality” (VR).

VW uses data glasses to accelerate production
Volvo Cars Microsoft HoloLens

Just the car industry seems for the technique to be particularly suitable. Economist Christoph Krieger from the University of technology, economy and culture that explains Leipzig so that the models have expanded enormously: “there is no car twice.” Therefore, the Assembly workers knew “never, what equipment next must be fitted”. To convey this kind of information, the data glasses is a helpful tool.

App developers also rely on industry

Also app developers are working particularly on functions for the data goggles, which can help the industry. The Austrian company Wikitude, for example, offers a software that can trigger also automatically certain processes for automatic image recognition and also is a precise determination of position, thus enabling navigation.

Another really promising application areas for the VR goggles see industry experts only in sports. So, the eyewear company Oakley developed a system that can display altitude and speed skiers, for example.