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InstructAR: Using Augmented Reality (AR) in the Warehouse to Improve Efficiency

While JDA’s Transportation Management Solutions have world-class algorithms that optimize trailer loads, execution of those plans during the physical loading process is often quite challenging. The ability to visualize, and possibly alter, the plan prior to the actual loading greatly increases the ability to execute the plan.

In the video below, the JDA Labs team in Montreal is currently developing InstructAR, a set of visualization tools that overlays information directly into a real-world workspace and guides workers through complex, sometimes non-intuitive tasks, simply and accurately. The JDA Labs team is currently experimenting with these types of AR applications for pallet and truck loading, especially because loading instructions can become complex and loading accuracy is important for optimized pallet builds and truck loading plans. In our pallet loading application, we’re able to project the location of the next box to load directly onto the pallet itself using the HoloLens mixed reality headset. This gives the user the ability to advance through the steps by using air taps or voice command.

The JDA Labs team is currently experimenting with these types of AR applications for pallet and truck loading, especially because loading instructions can become complex and loading accuracy is important for optimized pallet builds and truck loading plans. In our pallet loading application, we’re able to project the location of the next box to load directly onto the pallet itself using the HoloLens mixed reality headset. This gives the user the ability to advance through the steps by using air taps or voice command.

Additionally, the team is experimenting with visualizing the instructions using spatial AR, meaning they’re projecting instructions onto a pallet using a digital projector. This has the advantage of not requiring a bulky headset, but still has other design considerations that need to be worked out.

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