Augmented and Virtual Reality in Industry 4.0


What is Industry 4.0?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is also widely referred to as Industry 4.0. This is an industrial revolution that is already happening and is making spectacular changes to the manufacturing landscape. It’s a set of technologies that enable today’s manufacturing enterprises become smart factories. The term Industry 4.0 originated in Germany in 2011.

The revolution of industries during the relevent time period.

To get a better understanding of Industry 4.0 it is useful to learn about the earlier industrial revolutions. The first industrial revolution began with the invention of steam engines which revolutionized transportation and powered large machines. The invention of electricity which led to mass production heralded the second revolution while the third was ushered by the advent of microprocessors and computers which transformed manufacturing. The fourth industrial revolution promises to deliver “smart manufacturing” by capturing data and deploying a suite of technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Physical Systems, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality etc. to harness data and intelligence to deliver manufacturing excellence. This is also a widely accepted Industry 4.0 meaning or definition across various industries and academia.

Several companies worldwide have understood the power of these technologies and have invested considerable efforts and resources towards embracing Industry 4.0 technologies and enable the digital transformation in their organization. Fusion VR is proud to be contributing as a leading Industry 4.0 Immersive solutions provider in India, Middle East and SE Asia.

The visualization of industry 4.0 technologies.

Industry 4.0 Technologies

Industry 4.0 comprises a set of latest technologies which are deployed to deliver the complete transformation of modern factories into smart manufacturing factories. They are delivered to manufacturing organizations and supported by Industry 4.0 solution providers in India and elsewhere. The key Industry 4.0 components are:

  • Immersive Technologies (AR/VR/MR)
  • Industrial IoT (IIoT)
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Simulation / Digital Twins
  • Artificial Intelligence (Ai)
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Drones
  • Cybersecurity Technology
  • The Cloud
The visualization of industry 4.0 technologies.
The visualization of Industry 4.0 by wearing Augmented Reality (AR) ( HMT (Head Mounted Tablet))

Augmented Reality & Industry 4.0

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most widely used of Industry 4.0 technologies. The ease and simplicity of use is one of the key factors behind the extensive adoption of AR in Industry 4.0 implementation. This technology is transformative in the manner by which data and critical information is obtained, displayed, utilized, transmitted and retrieved. It has proven itself to be immensely useful as it effectively augments the user’s reality, experience and delivers enhanced performance.

Augmented Reality in Industry 4.0 opens up a completely new dimension for smart manufacturing in the way that information is interactively used. AR delivers increased efficiency and quality in execution, reduction of errors, guided assistance and superior training.

Learn more about Augmented Reality for Industry 4.0, its applications and our solutions at the Fusion VR Augmented Reality Solutions page.

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The visualization of Industry 4.0 by wearing Virtual Reality (VR).

Virtual Reality & Industry 4.0

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most exciting technologies with immense benefits due to its immersive nature. VR in Industry 4.0 creates life like and highly realistic simulations of products and processes that delivers experiential learning and insights. Delivering improvements in human skills is one of the crucial applications of Virtual Reality in Industry 4.0 implementation across the world. VR is used in the design and construction of manufacturing facilities, visualization of complex data, training and competency enhancement of operations and maintenance personnel, improved assembly line & plant operations performance and emergency responses. The scope and benefits of VR in Industry 4.0 is breathtakingly extensive. VR is widely used in training with operator and maintenance training simulators such as VR-OTS and VR-MTS. VR training is not only highly immersive but gamified, experiential and four times more effective than conventional classroom training.

Learn more about Virtual Reality for Industry 4.0, its applications and our solutions at the Fusion VR Virtual Reality Solutions page.

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The visualization of concerns about Industry 4.0 implementation.

What are some concerns companies have about Industry 4.0 implementation?

Companies are a bit hesitant about making investments in Industry 4.0 technologies due to a few concerns that need to be clarified with better information and data. Here are a few of them

  • Lacking expertise to quantify the overall project benefits and RoI
  • Unavailability of an internal champion who regularly monitors and communicates to leadership on project implementation
  • Making accurate budget allocations and obtaining senior leadership approvals for investment
  • Effectively communicating the vision and purpose of Industry 4.0 initiatives with all stakeholders
  • Clear details on the infrastructure and human capital needed for success
  • Engaging with unions and addressing their apprehensions
  • Ensuring they have domain knowledge expertise within the organization
  • Managing cybersecurity vulnerabilities when new systems are implemented or integrated
  • Creating an organizational culture that accepts change and disruptive technologies
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The visualization of way to successfull  implementation of Industry 4.0.

How to successfully implement Industry 4.0?

When it companies wish to implement Industry 4.0 or digitalization initiatives, they need to carefully consider the following in their roadmap.

  • Develop a written charter with a clear scope, goals, resources, requirements and execution plan
  • Ensure Stakeholder engagement in all phases of the project
  • Focused and decisive leadership and execution teams
  • Identify clear deliverables, KPIs, milestones and Return on Investment targets
  • Establish a phased approach and start small
  • Engage experienced Industry 4.0 solution providers with the requisite industry background
  • Conduct Project Assessments and identify lessons learned
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The visualization of mistakes made by the companies while implementing Industry 4.0.

What mistakes companies make while implementing Industry 4.0?

First of all, it’s not unusual to see companies make mistakes. Most companies learn from those mistakes and eventually succeed. But it’s always better to get started correctly and save on time, effort and cost.

  • Not understanding the full extent of the capabilities of Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Failing to select the proper use cases that deliver the maximum advantages and understand the cost and benefits
  • Not engaging the correct and experienced Industry 4.0 partners affects conceptualization, scope development and execution
  • Trying to develop in-house expertise and force them through a steep learning curve
  • Not investing in data analytics for gaining insight on their existing data
  • Poor stakeholder engagement at all stages of project development, execution and operation
  • Less attention to knowledge transfer and training for all end users and other stakeholders
  • Expecting fast implementation and immediate returns. Typically, Industry 4.0 projects require detailed preparation, planning and establishing the necessary infrastructure that most companies may not have in place
  • Inadequate capital and resource allocation at the beginning and budgetary flexibility to support or accommodate technological changes and upgrades
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The visualization of essential needs for Industry 4.0 by Dr. Bharathy.

Industry 4.0 Essentials

This video tells us about Industry 4.0 and why it will play a pivotal role in shaping our future. In a simple, yet engaging style, Dr. Bharathy encourages us to pay heed to warnings as he delves into the earlier industrial revolutions, case studies in Industry 4.0 by leading organizations and the applications of these technologies in manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The video explains the advantages to you and also provides answers to your most difficult questions on adoption. Please share with the leaders and change-enablers in your organization and deliver smart manufacturing for a brighter future.

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Dr. Bharathy sharing his experience about Industry 4.0 in workshop & seminar.

Workshops & Seminars

We believe in sharing advances in technology and its applications in industry for the benefit of everyone. We deliver business seminars, workshops and educational presentations to help understand, explore and begin or refine your immersive Industry 4.0 journeys. Allow us to help you navigate into the exciting new world of smart manufacturing. Our experienced team of professionals can custom design Workshops and Seminars at your chosen venue for any target audience.

Our workshops not only educate top-managements and employees, but also ignite their interest and actively engage them in the range of Industry 4.0 technologies. Being industry pioneers, we have a range of XR hardware and software right from the early days to demonstrate and help participants to understand and experience them at these events. Plus your team has the opportunity to interact with leading industry professionals and gain invaluable perspectives.

Industry 4.0 & Immersive Solutions Roadmap

A comprehensive one day Workshops at Client-Site by Experienced Industry 4.0 Professionals

Who should attend?

  • CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, CFOs, Managers, Engineers, Product Designers and just about anyone else driving Industry 4.0 change in organizations

Top-Organisations we have engaged in past with seminar presentations and workshops are:

Reliance Petrochemicals | Yokogawa | ABB | Petronas | Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited | Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited DRDO | Indian Oil Corporation | ADNOC | Technip FMC India | Mondelez | Apollo Tyres | SKF bearings | FLSmidth & many Other global clients.

What will you gain?

  • In-depth familiarization of the Industry 4.0 / Smart-Factory landscape and disruptive technologies from a pioneering organization
  • Deep insight on latest Interactive VR/AR/MR-Technologies with hands on Demos
  • Develop the ability to design your own customized Use-Cases through the solid "Bow-Tie-Analysis" methodology to increase production and HSE efficiencies up to 70%
  • Case-Studies from the early-adopters of Industry 4.0
  • Visionary Decision making capability towards Intangible asset investments during the DigitalTransformation journey
  • Understand the advantages of Industry 4.0 strategic adoption in your own business and the negative impacts the non-adoption will create in near future
  • Ability to derive the ROI for the XR-Training investments through a systematic approach
  • Meet industry experts and gain exciting perspectives
  • Certificate of Participation
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