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Quality control is important for companies to utilize and optimize their resources and as well as to maintain a good reputation in the market. In the automotive industry, safety is an add-on for the need for quality control. The process basically monitors the overall quality of the final output product and finds the flaws with each particular unit. Once the unit gets approved by quality control, it can be marketed to consumers. Augmented reality (AR) is now trending in the quality control process; it has displayed opportunities for the automotive industry to take a step further in assuring the safety of consumers and gain an edge over others.
Improvements in Quality control with AR
Designing hard copy for creating real-world scenarios is obsolete; with AR the same can be done using projectors and industrial camera in much lesser time and cost. Also in the automotive industry it requires to change the designs frequently based on inputs from market research and consumers; this makes the process slow and costly but with AR designs can be quickly modified and are cost friendly. The ‘digital canvas’ permits technicians to focus on in hand task and ensure that the right part is being used and correct assembly sequence is followed.
The digital canvas has a more detailed structure of the real world which allows technicians to conduct more precise checks of each part and segment of the product. Existing AR tools are even capable of identifying faults with parts and even some upgraded versions are able to rectify them.
Benefits of Using AR in Quality Control
• Timing: A very crucial tool when it comes to competition, before time introduction of a product to market with high standards of quality is a lucrative tactic. With AR speeding the quality control and management system it has made possible to complete the finished product within time and permit to be marketed.
• Cost: Improved quality of products lower the cost as it prohibits the manufacturing of faulty parts which further lead to either misfit wasting time, resources and cost involved with it. Recalls are also cost hefty to companies which can be avoided with the help of AR. Overall cost saving results in lower finished product price giving company an upper hand over others.
• High Standard Product: The Finished product of company must meet the regulatory standards. AR supports eliminating defects and compliance with standards in a much easier way. Real world scenarios can be easily projected and improved quality products are a result of a proper quality management system.
• Customer Satisfaction: Performance and product issues lead to customer dissatisfaction and harm the brand’s image. Recalls also frustrate customer, may also lead to the end of customer journey with the brand. High-quality products eliminate these scenarios and makes the brand more trustable providing a boost in sales.