Volkswagen deploys data glasses in series production

November 23, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Following a three-month pilot project, Volkswagen has introduced the usage of 3D smart glasses as standard equipment for some of its manufacturing staff in the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Logistic personnel in the factory will use the glasses for order picking, aiming at improving production process quality.

The workers in the plant receive information required for their task such to their smart glasses and thus directly into their field of vision. The glasses are operated via voice control. In contrast to tablet-based systems, the workers have both hands free while working. The glasses also are capable of reading barcodes by means of their camera.

The system guides the workers in that it shows the barcode in green if the worker has removed the correct part from the storage location whereas it shows it in red if he is picking the wrong part.

The usage of the smart glasses is voluntary. Currently some 30 workers in different production sections like windshield or drive-shaft installation are using the glasses. Volkswagen expects that a more widespread use will improve the production productivity, a spokesperson said.

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