The Next Evolution of Manufacturing

08/04/2021 – About the Topic:

Technology is often perceived as competition for manufacturing jobs; however, framing its adaptation as complementary helps foster a space for collaboration. Assistive technology such as 3D visualization software, project management applications, and product development tools have been utilized for decades. Now, we are seeing the emergence of more immersive solutions to complement these digital trends.  

Virtual reality training and augmented reality instructions can help keep older manufacturing systems relevant by offering easier and more accessible information and the ability to actively learn while performing incredibly intricate tasks. Productivity increases as expert employees no longer need to allocate their time for training. New recruits can begin actively learning these skills in virtual reality or on physical equipment with an augmented digital overlay. VR and AR can also assist with aspects of onboarding staff. Uses cases have already been developed for safety training and procedures, warehouse walkthroughs and navigation, and much more. 

“‘Smart Manufacturing’ sector is forecasted to grow at 15% CAGR, reaching $150 Billion by 2022,” (mindtree). Remote collaboration, support, or design review can all be enhanced with real-time, immersed interactions. Digital twins can be used to help people navigate a space, access assistance, or have virtual walkthroughs. 

Join us on August 4th to learn from experts about ways in which immersive technology is revolutionizing Manufacturing.

What’s the Format:

6:00-6:15pm – Networking & Preparation

6:15-6:30pm – Introductions & Welcome

6:30-7:30pm – Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30-8:00pm – Networking

Panel Members:

Bob Wise

Bob Wise

Founder & CEO - Notiphy Corporation

Oliver Andrew London

Oliver Andrew London

Sr. AR Field Engineer - PTC

Matthew Wren

Matthew Wren

CTO - BUNDLAR

Attending VRAR Chicago Virtual Meetups

We encourage folks to join us in the virtual environment Conference Hall by downloading the Virbela open campus client at virbela.com/download. Otherwise, people can join by watching the scheduled live stream at facebook.com/VRARChicago/live_videos – where we will field questions from! See more about getting started and navigating Virbela below.

The Virbela virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees prior to the start of the presentations. We suggest that you arrive no later than 6:00pm and we will get started promptly at 6:15. Please try to get familiar with the technology prior to the day of the meetup, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

We will start with informal networking, then host a panel discussion to answer audience questions, and we end with more networking. We keep it simple and informal – this meetup is about you, our members, and not just a soap box for the host, presenters, or our sponsors. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step in Immersive Technology.

Getting started in Virbela:

Signing up for Virbela

Virbela is available on mac, windows, rift and vive.

First, you will want to create your account and then download the program onto your computer by going to their registration page. For Rift and Vive, it should be pretty straightforward in their interface.

  • You will need to verify your email address
  • Create an avatar
  • Log into their “open campus”

Once logged in and in the Virbela open campus area, walk around with your arrow keys and then click the Go To menu on top left of the screen. Our program will be in the Conference Hall, so you will need to click that option to join us.

System Recommendations

  • PC or Mac, Windows 7 SP1+ or newerMac OS X 10.11 or newer
  • Headphones and a microphone
  • Power cord plugged in for extended use

Entering the Virtual Venue – Conference Hall

  • Log into Virbela
  • Click Go To menu on top left of your screen
  • Select Campus Locations
  • Select Conference Hall

VRAR Chicago Virtual Environment Code of Conduct

Open microphones and/or not using headphones can create an echo effect that can negatively affect others’ experiences

  • Please use headphones if you can.
  • Keep your microphone on push-to-talk (using the number 1 key)
  • Act as if this is a space that you are in physically!
  • For the Questions and Answers portion
    • Click “Raise Hand” on bottom of your screen
    • Wait to be called on
    • Ask your question
      • Press the 1 key and hold it to open your mic
      • Ask your question and wait a moment
      • Release the 1 key

VirBELA tricks

  • Press and hold the 1 button to open your microphone to speak
  • Pressing the spacebar unlocks your view or “head” to look around
  • You can click someone’s name and click Go To and automatically walk to them
  • Your Go To menu lets you raise your hand, wave, or even dance!
  • Click the screen menu on top of your screen once in the Conference Hall to select your preferred ‘view’ to enjoy the program. 
    • You can toggle between these selections during the program