November 12, 2020 – Spatial computing company Magic Leap has today announced that it is expanding its alliance with PTC, a provider of digital solutions for industry and manufacturing, to implement PTC’s Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR) enterprise suite on Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform.
Expanding on a strategic alliance announced last year, PTC plans to offer its Vuforia AR platform to enterprise users of the Magic Leap 1, granting businesses access to advanced AR content development solutions, enabling increased workforce safety and efficiency, and improving operational performance across the factory and the field.
The Vuforia AR enterprise suite includes the Vuforia Chalk, Vuforia Expert Capture, Vuforia Studio and Vuforia Engine AR products, as well as the newly-released Vuforia Spatial Toolbox platform. PTC currently supports the Magic Leap 1 with Vuforia Engine, its computer vision SDK, and will make the broader Vuforia AR enterprise suite available later in 2021.
Spatial computing solutions grant frontline factory employees the ability to access machines and the shop floor remotely, accelerating their ability to interface with more of the production line, and providing them with more understanding and control of their physical environments. even when they’re not physically on-site. Furthermore, with new social distancing guidelines and employee safety measures in place as a result of COVID-19, remote operations and service solutions are proving more and more valuable.
According to Magic Leap, companies that implement AR and spatial computing into their workflows are seeing:
- up to a 40 percent improvement in new hire productivity;
- up to a 50 percent reduction in training costs;
- up to 30 percent acceleration in sales cycle;
- up to a 30 percent improvement in first time fix rate; and
- a 25 percent reduction in scrap and rework costs.
One such company is Jabil Inc., a worldwide manufacturing solutions provider with more than 260,000 employees across 100 locations in 30 countries. Magic Leap stated that thanks to Vuforia enterprise AR Suite on Magic Leap, Jabil is now able to provide its frontline workers with AR and remote training solutions, as well as on-site equipment support.
Additionally, for equipment maintenance Jabil will soon be able to create digital work instructions for corrective and preventative maintenance through the implementation of Vuforia’s platform. By capturing critical procedures with voice, video, and images to create training materials that can be accessed by any frontline worker on demand and that overlay on the actual machinery, Jabil will be able to provide 24/7 access to training materials, as well as reduce or stop equipment service contracts earlier, removing the need for on-site supplier support, and allowing for cross training of multiple technicians.
For more information on Vuforia’s augmented reality enterprise solutions on Magic Leap, please visit Magic Leap’s website.
Image credit: Magic Leap / PTC
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