VW introduces 3D smart glasses to Wolfsburg plant

By CARSIFU | 24 November 2015

WOLFSBURG (Germany): Volkswagen has begun the roll-out of 3D smart glasses as standard equipment at its plant here following a three-month pilot phase.

Plant logistics workers are to use these glasses for order picking in order to improve process security in production.

According to Volkswagen, the 3D smart glasses would allow users to automatically receive all the information they need such as storage locations or part numbers directly in their field of vision. Touch or voice control would facilitate operation. Users would have both hands free as they work. The camera in the glasses is also used as a barcode reader. Correct barcodes on parts removed from the storage location are shown in green while parts incorrectly removed are in red.

The use of the 3D glasses is voluntary and the employees are gradually being trained to use the new technology. Currently, 30 employees in various areas such as windshields or driveshafts are working with the smart glasses. Other departments, plants and brands are also expected to use the glasses.

Digitalisation is becoming increasingly important in production. The 3D smart glasses take cooperation between humans and systems to a new level, said Volkswagen plant logistics chief at Wolfsburg Reinhard de Vries.