People are liking the new technology and seeing the benefits.Darren Charbonneau, director of operations, Magna Mechatronics America
This allows the teams to collaborate, share and experience ideas together, while gaining freedom and efficiency in how vehicles are developed.
The new tools have applications in virtual crash tests and ergonomics studies, as well, and aid in the factory planning process by allowing virtual walk-throughs before the start of production.
In addition to the Magna plant in Graz, wearable technology is previewing the future of smart factories at a Magna Mechatronics division in Canada.
Virtual-reality headsets are helping the team at Magna’s Dortec Industries boost efficiency and productivity.
“An operator can train using a VR headset to get the hand motions down, and we can do virtual benchmarking by walking a plant in a virtual space by using a headset.” explained Darren Charbonneau, director of operations for Magna Mechatronics Americas.
In addition to using VR headsets, workers at the facility also use tablets and smart watches, all elements of a new partnership with Samsung.
The bottom line, says Charbonneau: “People are liking the new technology and seeing the benefits.”