Augmented Reality

How AR can assist in supply chain management

AR glasses can reduce the manual work and provide a real-time object recognition, indoor navigation, and helps to perform a task in less time.

Augmented Reality has almost blurred the line between the reality and virtuality. From past a few years, several companies are investing in AR devices for various purposes and implementations. For instances, in the medical industry, it is used for real-time viewing of a patient’s organ. It is already deployed in the gaming industry to provide people with a better experience. Tech giants like Google and Apple are also adopting this technology with an open arm. But have you ever wondered how augmented reality can ease the process of the supply chain? If not, then the answer is here.

1. Warehouse Operations

One of the toughest job in the supply chain is to train the new workers to locate and pack a particular product they are looking for. But AR glasses can reduce the manual work and provide a real-time object recognition, indoor navigation, and information with in-house Warehouse Management System (WMS) to perform the task in less time.

2. Navigation and Delivery

Delivering the product is one the most expensive and time-taking attribute of the supply chain. According to a report, drivers spend 40 percent to 60 percent of their day searching for the right boxes to deliver. With the use of scanners and sensors, tags, sequence, compilation etc can be identified which will save the time and work of the drivers. Besides, AR can also help in identifying and locating the correct landmark or building for efficient deliveries.

3. Acquisition

Augmented Reality blended with Blockchain can establish a transparent as well as error-proof supply chain. The improper records of product’s origin and authentication can collapse the system. Hence, keeping a record of the ownership on a blockchain and tracking shipment from producers to consumers using AR can tackle such problems.

4. Servicing

Augmented Reality can assist in maintaining and fixing the issues before they create trouble for the system. Several aircraft engines transmit usage data via Wi-Fi in their ground time, AR can help maintenance crew to reduce engine downtime by comparing engine data with the previous data of other similar aircraft with avionics systems.

5. Assistant Robots

Robots can be programmed to lift and move heavy cargo. Tasks such as loading the truck can be performed by these robots and AR glasses can keep an eye and further guide these robots. They can also scan products, check different necessary details about the product and follow the instructions like packaging shipping obediently. Furthermore, they can also be used to alert the customers if the product is not available in the warehouse before delivery.

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