october 13, 2020
Retrocausal Unveils RetroActivity™ Software for Improved
Quality Control in Manufacturing Assembly
Retrocausal, the leader in visual mistake-proofing software for manufacturing assembly, announces it has released RetroActivity™ software, which offers significant advancements in quality control for manual assembly processes in discrete manufacturing. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Retroactivity improves overall quality and efficiency by identifying errors or missed steps to assembly workers through verbal prompts and visual cues. The company projects improvements of 10 percent in first-time yields and reductions of 60 percent in manual-assembly related quality issues at a typical factory.

Retrocausal was originally developed to help surgical residents and nurses train for complex medical procedures in collaboration with CAE Healthcare and NASA Johnson Space Center. But the company soon identified an even bigger need in U.S. manufacturing for its technology to provide continuous quality monitoring and training for workers, alongside analytics for industrial engineers and managers. Retrocausal has recently partnered with Siemens Digital Industries Software Co. and is working with some of the largest players in mass-customized manufacturing to improve manual assembly-related quality issues in discrete manufacturing.

Dr. Zeeshan Zia, CEO and a co-founder of Retrocausal, said, "There is a popular belief that robotics will replace manufacturing jobs. However, when compared to human labor, there are many instances of industrial robots being slower, taking up more space, and not being as adaptable as humans. That is why many major manufacturers have recently been turning back to human workers, especially for products that require various degrees of customization for specific usage."

How RetroActivity Works

RetroActivity is a patent pending computer vision technology, powered by AI, that understands complex human activities, as well as the specific details of the parts being assembled. RetroActivity comes loaded onto a small computer (6 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches box) with a Bluetooth camera and an adjustable mount. Alternately, the project engineer can elect to install the RetroActivity software on an existing hardware system or run it on multiple assembly lines through the cloud.

The key points of setting up the system are as follows:

1. The industrial engineer records a series of video demonstrations of an expert assembler with each version of the finished product to digitize the bill of process.

2. The video demonstrations are used for the AI software to learn a computational step-by-step model of the activity, which is ready to deploy within a few hours.

3. Then the system is ready to monitor a less experienced worker who is assembling a complex truck panel, a computer system, or any other complex machine.

4. RetroActivity software provides specific feedback in real-time to ensure that the assembly worker is following the correct procedure for the assembly of a specific version of a product.

5. In addition, the analytics dashboard is used by lean engineers to perform root cause analysis and continually improve processes.

RetroActivity is now available for delivery and can be purchased on a monthly subscription basis. To schedule a demo or to learn more about how RetroActivity can help you improve the quality and efficiency of your assembly lines, please contact us here.
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