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Airbus Soars with Wearable Technology

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Technology Category
  • Wearables - Augmented Reality Glasses, Headsets & Controllers
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Challenge

Building an Airbus aircraft involves complex manufacturing processes consisting of thousands of moving parts. Speed and accuracy are critical to business and competitive advantage. Improvements in both would have high impact on Airbus’ bottom line. Airbus wanted to help operators reduce the complexity of assembling cabin seats and decrease the time required to complete this task.

The Customer
About The Customer
The Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defense-related services, creating cutting-edge technology.
The Solution

Wearable technology proved to be a relevant solution for a manufacturing environment and provides instant access to critical information, enabling improved productivity and increased operator satisfaction while reducing training requirements. Using contextual marking instructions, the smart glasses display all required information for an operator to help mark the floor faster and reduce errors to zero. In addition, the eyewear technology, implemented by Accenture, also offers interactivity by granting access to features including barcode scanning, data retrieval from the cloud, voice command and augmented reality. Using this innovation technology, all aircrafts’ seat locations can be marked down to the last millimeter and checked for accuracy and quality.

Data Collected
Accuracy, Man Hours, Operator Compliance, Process Procedure, Production Efficiency
Operational Impact
  • [Cost Reduction - Training]
    Increased flexibility with reduced training needs. Training requirements are reduced as operators receive data from the smart glasses in real time without needing to rely on a manual.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Labor]
    Improved ergonomics and increased operator satisfaction.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Error rate reduced to zero.

  • 500% increase in productivity.

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