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10September2018

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Brings AR into Working Factory

At OPS Solutions, we’re always looking to align with think tanks and innovation hubs that share our mission of helping manufacturers of all shapes and sizes improve their processes and compete more effectively in today’s industry 4.0-driven marketplace.

When representatives from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) in Plymouth, Michigan reached out to inquire about displaying our enterprise AR technology, Light Guide Systems, in their facility, we knew it would be a perfect partnership.

Established in 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center works with small- and medium-size manufacturers to help companies work smarter, compete and prosper in an ever-changing business world.

In 2016, The Center moved into a new building and opened its “Real Factory” that includes standard equipment combined with Industry 4.0 tools—such as 3D printers, robots and augmented reality—to show manufacturers the benefits of adopting these assistive technologies and how to incorporate them.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently was held to celebrate the addition of Light Guide Systems to the factory. Our technology was installed to set up, start up and shut down operation of an extrusion machine, along with providing Buzz Build training guidance and mistake proofing to operators on three separate variations of plates.

We’re proud our Light Guide Systems technology was chosen by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to represent augmented reality applications in manufacturing. To hear their team say our technology has been “a complete eye opener for anyone who has experienced its capabilities firsthand” validates our commitment to ensuring companies big and small have access to game-changing solutions that are moving manufacturing forward.

Here’s a look at one of the demos we have on display at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.

Interested in learning more? Send us a message to learn how AR technology can be applied within your organization, and reach out to the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center about touring their facility.

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Michael Koper

Michael Koper

Mike Koper is the Senior Director of AR sales at OPS Solutions. With more than 20 years of experience managing advanced manufacturing teams, Mike specializes in providing customized innovative strategies through technology to help companies better connect their people, processes and physical assets. In addition to his academic credentials, he holds certifications as a Manufacturing Engineer, Professional Engineering Manager, and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. He is also a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.
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