The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has opened a new digital visualisation suite in Scotland for businesses to develop fully-immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies into their operations.
The facility is a partnership between the University of Strathclyde’s AFRC and Virtalis, a world leading visualisation company.
The centre will aim to integrate and offer immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies to the wider industrial industry.
A crucial piece of equipment installed is the 10m2 Virtalis Active Wall, a fixed 3D stereoscopic projection system with a head and hand tracking system that allows multiple users to view 3D content stereoscopically.
The centre also has a portable Active Move system that can be taken to industrial premises, meaning it is portable and can be tested anywhere. Other equipment includes a HTC Vive, and an Oculus Rift and Touch.
The technology has the ability to significantly aid companies in terms of planning for their future operations and investments.
By working with immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies, the centre can help to test different scenarios that could enable businesses to take further steps in their digitalisation journey.
The tech will allow businesses to utilise space, offer positive changes to the production line and help to implement advanced new equipment aligned to manufacturers’ specific needs, this can improve planning and time-management, decrease workload and increase cost-effectiveness.
Benefits of VR and AR
Perhaps the biggest impact of introducing VR is improved training and safety.
Better training then results in a more skilled workforce, and this can mean a higher productivity, streamlined operations and more engaged employees. The speed at which staff can be trained can also be increased.
Opting to integrate digital technology could allow the workforce of tomorrow, this comprises many of the new recruits, to on-board smoothly to new companies, as they are likely more familiar with user-friendly technology.
Employees can too realise that safety culture and upskilling staff is important, further boosting company morale.
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