Especially in times of strong growth in the e-commerce sector, the demands on the packaging process are increasing. Heterogeneous article spectrums and an ever-increasing utilization of the roads on the last mile require that the packaging process be optimized. By optimizing transport packaging in terms of volume, more items can be packed with less volume. This is achieved by optimization software that calculates optimal packaging schemes. At Fraunhofer IML, a digital assistance system has been developed that visualizes packaging instructions for the packer through augmented reality. 

The system works by using augmented reality glasses (in this case a Microsoft Hololens) to display the positions of the items to be packed in the shipping carton using digital holograms. Through the plastic and perspective-correct representation, the system allows an intuitive and easy-to-learn form of information provision.