At Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant, the roll-out of 3D smart glasses as standard equipment has now started following a three-month pilot phase.
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Plant logistics personnel are to use these glasses for order picking.
The benefits of 3D smart glasses are evident: users automatically receive all the information they need such as storage locations or part numbers directly in their field of vision. Touch or voice control allows extremely easy operation. As a general principle, users have both their hands free while they are working. The camera in the glasses is also used as a barcode reader. Correct barcodes on parts removed from the storage location are shown in green while parts incorrectly removed are shown in red.
Reinhard de Vries, Head of Plant Logistics at Wolfsburg, said:
“Digitalization is becoming increasingly important in production. The 3D smart glasses take cooperation between humans and systems to a new level.”
The use of the 3D glasses is voluntary and the employees concerned are gradually being introduced to the new technology. After a short acclimatization period, new employees can then be familiarized more rapidly. Currently, 30 employees in various areas such as windshields or driveshafts are working with the smart glasses. In view of the positive experience obtained, other departments, plants and brands also plan to use the glasses.