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  • Writer's pictureGopika Sreekumar

How Augmented Reality (AR) Has The Potential To Disrupt Industrial Calibration in 2023

Updated: Feb 25, 2023


We all know that augmented reality (AR) is changing the way we do things, but did you know that it is also changing how we measure things? Augmented Reality (AR) technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we calibrate machines and equipment in manufacturing and industrial settings. Traditional calibration methods often involve manual measurements and adjustments, which can be time-consuming and prone to human error. AR, on the other hand, allows for real-time visualization of data and guidance for precise adjustments, leading to more efficient and accurate calibrations.


AR-driven calibration will allow for measurements with greater accuracy than ever before. It does this by using a user’s camera to determine the 3D position of objects in space. This means that instead of having to make an object stationary or have someone else take measurements, you can now do it yourself and get results that are up to three times more accurate than they would be otherwise.


Advantages


One of the key benefits of using AR for calibration is the ability to overlay digital information on the physical world. This allows technicians to see real-time data and instructions directly on the machine or equipment they are calibrating, rather than having to switch back and forth between physical gauges or reference materials and digital documentation.

Another advantage of AR-driven calibration is the ability to adjust the machine or equipment quickly and easily. Instead of having to manually adjust settings and then test them, technicians can use AR to make precise adjustments and immediately see the impact on the machine's performance. This can greatly reduce the time it takes to complete calibration and improve overall accuracy.


Additionally, AR-driven calibration can be done remotely, which is a key feature during this covid-19 pandemic, which is done with the help of IoT and 5G network. This allows for remote support and troubleshooting and can be particularly useful for industrial equipment that is in remote or hard-to-reach areas.


In addition, AR-driven calibration also helps to reduce the cost and downtime of the machines. With the help of AR-based instructions, less experienced technicians can also be trained on how to calibrate the machines, which can result in less need to rely on specialized expertise and can reduce the overall cost of maintenance.


Limitations


There are limitations to this technology. It is not as accurate as traditional methods, it is not as fast as traditional methods, and it is not as easy to use. For example, getting the right angle can be difficult because you must hold up your phone or tablet at a specific angle for the object you are calibrating to appear correctly on your device's screen. If there isn't enough natural light around you and your device's screen starts getting dark, then it might take longer before things start appearing properly on your screen which can cause further complications in getting an accurate image of your device.


Will it replace traditional methods soon?


AR-driven calibration is a good way to enhance the user experience, but it will not replace traditional methods any time soon. AR-driven calibration can make for a better user experience but will not replace traditional methods any time soon. The biggest drawback of this method is that it's less accurate than other options, and therefore is not practical for very precise measurements such as those taken in microelectronics manufacturing. AR-driven calibration does have its place; it's great for getting started with augmented reality without breaking the bank on equipment or training your staff.


AR-driven calibration is not a suitable method for very precise measurements, but it works nicely for general applications. In some cases, it can be used in conjunction with traditional methods to enhance accuracy and reduce errors in existing systems.


Overall, the use of AR technology in calibration has the potential to greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of machine and equipment maintenance, while also reducing costs and downtime. As AR technology continues to evolve and become more widely adopted, we can expect to see more and more applications in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

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