HoloLens 2 and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 represents a milestone in industrial and technological development that some compare to the impact of the invention of the steam engine. In fact, it has the potential to completely change everyday life, the working environment and usage, as well as the industrial manufacturing of products. At the heart of this is the intelligent networking of machines and processes using IT and communications technology. To take full advantage of the possibilities, interfaces like the HoloLens 2 are indispensable for Industrie 4.0 applications.

Why Augmented Reality is crucial for Industry 4.0

The benefits of the Industrie 4.0 concept are manifold. Particularly noteworthy is the flexibility it opens up for companies in industrial manufacturing. Decentralized product development with partners around the world, for example, helps to implement improvements as products are being created.

Through digital networking, production sites and development resources can be better coordinated and optimally utilized at all times. A modular structure of factories increases productivity and cost-effectiveness, while at the same time allowing individually modifiable short runs of products to be realized at affordable prices. For these and other aspects, the integration of augmented reality via the use of HoloLens is almost without alternative for industry and development. In addition, there are the advantages of optimized logistical processes and the analysis of extensive data sets, which contain valuable insights. Augmented reality in logistics makes processes more transparent and accelerates them decisively.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition for Augmented Reality in Industry

The world-renowned and proven HoloLens 2 has already made a name for itself as universal data glasses for Industry 4.0. Using Microsoft’s data glasses for industry and project planning opens up completely new perspectives for decision-makers as well as developers and other stakeholders such as end customers and sales partners. Especially in the area of the Internet of Things, data glasses with Industry 4.0 interfaces are of great advantage. By integrating powerful development software such as Unity, Industrie 4.0 can implement customer wishes faster with the HoloLens Industrial Version and continue to provide valuable services in direct support long after delivery.

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HOLOLENS 2 UND DIE INDUSTRIE 4.0

How does augmented reality advance logistics and other operations with HoloLens 2 in Industry 4.0?

In Industry 4.0, the Internet is no longer a means to an end, but the core of the whole. Accordingly, the HoloLens 2 is made for Industry 4.0 requirements. It is not just a simple pair of data glasses, but a full-fledged high-performance computer that offers all networking possibilities with WLAN. The powerful hardware and extensive software support can be used effectively in the following areas, among others:

  • Assembly: Help customers with virtual step-by-step instructions.
  • Logistics: Picking and warehousing with visualization of quantities and stock levels.
  • Quality control: Before, during and after production – can be implemented anywhere thanks to virtual data glasses.
  • Training: Teams and individuals can be virtually accompanied and trained during ongoing processes.
  • Service and maintenance: Augmented reality for error analysis and problem solving.

Of course, this is only a brief glimpse of the possibilities that will be offered in the future by the integration of augmented reality in the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions. According to experts, the full bandwidth is not at all foreseeable today, just as the modern Internet could not yet be imagined when the modem was invented.

Conclusion: Augmented Reality becomes even more important with Industry 4.0

With technical solutions such as the HoloLens 2, Industry 4.0 only unfolds its full potential. The constant collection of data from machines and the analysis of processes and planning procedures will become more extensive and important with each new generation of development. Process control systems, project planning or even the development of new strategies will hardly be conceivable in the future without augmented reality in industry. Future-proof and powerful interfaces such as the Microsoft HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition open up new perspectives and opportunities for companies with regard to manufacturing methods in Industry 4.0 right from the start.