21 Jan 2022 | Mike Boland
AWE Talks: Boeing Brings AR to Air Force One
Augmented Reality

Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that plucks the greatest hits from the vast AWE conference archive. Fortunately, we now have a fresh batch of session footage from AWE USA 2021 to draw from. And 2022's show will already be here in June. 

For this week's talk, we highlight a real-life enterprise AR end-user: Boeing. The company has been using AR for years to streamline aircraft assembly. VP of Materials and Manufacturing Research Laura Bogusch takes us through the latest results. 

See the full video below along with TLDR (or TLDW) quick-hit takeaways.

– Boeing's AR implementations for aircraft assembly is well known among enterprise AR aficionados
– For those unfamiliar, it has used Google Glass in the past to guide its technicians to assemble wire harnesses
– Since its initial efforts, Boeing has evolved its AR deployment including Hololens 2 for better positional tracking
– It has also extended AR guidance to other areas of assembly and quality control including inspecting drill work.
– It now uses AR at 15 worldwide aircraft assembly facilities and growing. 
– Through all of the above, it has achieved 88 percent first-pass accuracy and a 20 percent reduction in task time. 
– The time is right, as Boeing's next big project is to build the next Air Force One, a highly-modified 747
– A regular 747 has about 150 miles of wiring... Air Force One has about 5x that amount.
– The job will entail 20 Hololenses for 80 electricians to ensure the safety of the next addition to the Presidential fleet. 
– All of the above represents just one piece of a broader initiative for tech transformation at Boeing. 
– The four pillars of this initiative include connectivity, devices, data, and management. AR will play a key role. 

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