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Developing augmented reality capabilities for industry 4.0 small enterprises: Lessons learnt from a content authoring case study

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posted on 17.02.2020, 15:59 authored by Kate Van-Lopik, Murray Sinclair, Richard Sharpe, Paul ConwayPaul Conway, Andrew WestAndrew West
Augmented reality (AR) has been proposed as a disruptive and enabling technology within the Industry 4.0 manufacturing paradigm. The complexity of the AR content creation process results in an inability for Small Enterprise (SE)to create bespoke,flexibleARtraining support “in-house” and is a potential barrier to industrial adoption of AR. Presently, AR content creation requires a range of specialist knowledge (e.g. 3D modelling, interface design, programming and spatial tracking) and may involve infrastructure changes (e.g. fiducial markers, cameras) and disruption to workflow. The research reported in this paper concerns the development and deployment of an Augmented Repair Training Application (ARTA); a templatebased interface to support end user (shop floor) AR content creation. The proposed methodology and implementation are discussed and evaluated in a real-world industrial case study in collaboration with a Small Enterprise (SE) in the Used and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment sector (UEEE/WEEE). The need for end user friendly templates is presented in the conclusion alongside further related work.

Funding

Adaptive Informatics for Intelligent Manufacturing (AI2M) : EP/K014137/1

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Computers in Industry

Volume

117

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/02/2020

Publication date

2020-02-12

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0166-3615

Language

en

Depositor

Mrs Kate Van Lopik. Deposit date: 12 February 2020

Article number

103208