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Airbus Soars with Wearable Technology

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.

  • Accenture
    Accenture is a leading professional service company, providing consulting and outsourcing services through their strategy, digital, technology and operations capabilities.
  • Transportation
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • Industrial Wearables
    Industrial wearable devices are tools designed to improve workplace productivity, safety, and efficiency in sectors such as manufacturing, logistics, and mining. These devices collect data in real time, track activities, provide alerts, and provide customized experiences depending on the users' needs and organizational objectives. They are typically designed for specific situations or industry verticals, as opposed to consumer Wearables which are often general in function. Industrial Wearables can be designed to aid a worker in performing specific tasks or to measure health parameters for working in dangerous environments. In addition to performing a specific function for their wearer, the devices can be linked to enterprise systems. For example, linking Wearables worn by employees in hazardous environments to employee welfare programs can be used to track and provide evidence of the wellbeing of employees, thereby reducing health insurance costs.
  • The Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defense-related services, creating cutting-edge technology.

  • 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.

  • Accuracy, Man Hours, Operator Compliance, Process Procedure, Production Efficiency
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • Impact #1
    [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.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Labor]
    Improved ergonomics and increased operator satisfaction.
    Impact #3
  • Benefit #1

    Error rate reduced to zero.

    Benefit #2

    500% increase in productivity.

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