Japanese ship manufacturers are enlisting the help of cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality systems to boost productivity as they aim to take on Chinese and South Korean rivals amid a cooling market, according to Nikkei Asian Review
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding is supporting the Japan Ship Technology Research Association, which consists of 185 groups and companies, in developing a system to analyze workers’ behavioral patterns.
Cameras placed throughout a job site will determine how employees do their work through the colors and strength of lighting in the images. Those results will be matched with data generated by accelerometers installed in the laborers’ smartphones and communication ranges, as well as radio-frequency identification tags placed on welding devices and other machinery.
The data analysis will help reconfigure the work process and the positioning of machinery and industrial tools. Depending on the shipyard, work time will be cut by up to 40%. The system will be used in the welding and grinding processes when connecting parts to steel plates.
Also, other ship manufactures have decided to use this technology, learn more by reading full article at Nikkei Asian Review