Wearable technology drives aerospace efficiency and productivity

Seventy-two million wearable devices will be shipped this year, up a 173 percent from 26.4 million units shipped in 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) analysts in Framingham, Mass., in the company’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. 

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“Wearable smart glasses are being used for airplane manufacturing applications. Quality and field service are other functional areas where smart glasses can be used. Potential use cases involve processes that are time-consuming and error-prone, and that involve complicated assembly procedures,” Schmidt says. “Smart glasses can be a catalytic tool to accelerate the industry’s momentum toward being completely digital – from both a business and technology perspective.   “Wearables can be a game changer especially because they are instrumental in taking the industry to where it is going on a massive scale: to an all-digital mindset all the time,”   –  Armed with the wearable electronics technology, personnel marked all aircraft seat locations down to the last millimeter, as well as checked for accuracy and quality. For Airbus, time spent per aircraft was divided by six, error rate reduced to zero, and marking operations revalued.

“This proof of concept shows how wearable technologies offer new and important benefits in the aerospace and defense industry,” Schmidt says. The project was launched in January 2015, and the first prototype was completed less than a month later. To accelerate the timeline, Airbus and Accenture worked in start-up mode, enabling rapid iterations by engineers at both companies. The technology is currently being industrialized for cabin furnishing on the Airbus A330 wide-body jet airliner. The airframe manufacturer’s other final assembly lines should quickly follow, as well as other Airbus divisions, such as Airbus Defense and Space.

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