Industry 4.0 and augmenting the millennial worker

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2022
Thesis identifier
  • T16287
Person Identifier (Local)
  • 201787165
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  • Across the engineering industry, accuracy and time taken to complete work items are priorities in manufacturing and maintenance work. On-the-job training can be time consuming and have serious consequences if done improperly, resulting in waste, lost production, and equipment downtime. This is particularly true in the offshore wind industry where even accessing assets can take several hours, incurring high costs and leading to health and safety risks. In recent years, the engineering industry has been transformed by the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. One such technology is Augmented Reality (AR). AR has been demonstrated to have some success as an instructional tool in the literature, but questions remain over the best way to present information. Therefore, this thesis presents a series of experiments to determine the most effective way of conveying AR instructions. Another way to utilise AR is to meet the engineering skills gap in training and education to prepare the workforce of the future. Consequently, two case studies show how AR has the potential to transform engineering education and training. This information can be of value to anyone considering implementing an industrial AR system whether for training or instructional guidance, thus paving the way for a more widespread adoption of AR technologies in engineering and manufacturing and has potential to improve operational efficiency in the industry.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Blackwell, Paul
  • Evans, Dorothy
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