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Augmented reality system dev't to support manual work

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lifecycle management? ergonomics? virtual and augmented reality technology?

A new system with the potential to revolutionise productivity and working environments across Europe has been developed by the ManuVAR project.

The ManuVAR project concluded in May 2012 and developed a system which combines product lifecycle management, ergonomics and virtual and augmented reality technology. Over a three year period, 18 partners from 8 countries across the EU collaborated to develop a modular, reconfigurable system that will support manual work across a range of industries.

Industries such as spacecraft assembly, maintenance of power plants, operation of complex machinery, and design and manufacturing of highly customised products, rely on the knowledge and skills of manual workers. High knowledge manual work is the core business that cannot be off-shored or automated.

According to Eurostat, in 2011, 15.7 million people were involved in high knowledge manual work in Europe, mainly as plant and machine assemblers and operators.

ManuVAR's Project Coordinator, DrBoris Krassifrom VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, said: "ManuVAR will bring about improved utilisation of the workforce, and as a consequence, better competitiveness on the global scale based on people's knowledge. This in turn will result in better quality, shorter time to market and better value. By supporting high value manual work that cannot be off-shored and must be performed locally, Europe could protect domestic employment."

The ManuVAR system improves all aspects of manual work for all actors involved in the product lifecycle, from engineers and managers, to workers and operators. It enhances communication in the product lifecycle, supports workplace and work procedures design, and facilitates training and the delivery of instructions.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times

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