Survey shows aerospace manufacturers investing in AR/VR

A new survey shows aerospace manufacturers are investing or making serious plans toward investing in the use of augmented reality and/or virtual reality. 

The study, commissioned by Grid Raster, Inc., shows 42% of respondents are implementing AR/VR technologies over the next 12 months. Another 51% are beginning to research the potential for AR/VR. 

Grid Raster  says the results illustrate “the critical steps industry manufacturers are planning and taking to leverage more automation technologies to deal with COVID-19 social distancing, staffing shortfalls, and the need for overall efficiencies in production.” 

COVID-19 seems to be weighing heavily on the minds of aerospace executives. 28% of respondents say COVID-19 was a major factor in their decision; another 39% say they have already begun the process as a result of the pandemic. 

Grid Raster says a majority of those polled are already achieving results, claiming between 15% and 20% efficiency gains and 5% – 10% cost savings. 

Executives in the survey who are now using AR/VR are leveraging the technology the most in AR-assisted workforce on production lines (83%); AR-assisted maintenance and customer visits (75%); employee training programs (53%); and AR-assisted design processes (30%). 

Cloud technology is also a factor. 51% of those questioned say they are concerned with the need to move their current AR/VR solutions to a cloud-based environment. 

“Highly scalable automation technologies such as AR/VR are proven to be extremely effective for aerospace manufacturers because of the ability to significantly increase efficiencies, reduce costs and keep more workers safe,” said Rishi Ranjan, CEO of Grid Raster. “We’re finding that these milestones are achieved more rapidly when manufacturers ensure they have deployed AR/VR solutions in a cloud-based environment, which can provide greater functionality and scalability for projects.”

Grid Raster provides cloud-based XR platforms that power AR/VR/MR experiences on mobile devices for enterprises. The company works with manufacturers in automotive, aerospace and defense, and technology to launch and scale AR/VR solutions. The company utilizes a cloud-based approach leveraging distributed edge computing, low-latency remote rendering and 3D Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help clients overcome performance, scalability and legacy project limitations.

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