Illumination

Insights and trends on augmented reality and advanced manufacturing technology
1December2017

Standardizing Medical Manufacturing with Augmented Reality Technology

In any manufacturing sector, standardization of assembly processes and sequencing is a critical tool for honing processes, improving efficiency and consistency, and reducing error rates. It is especially critical for today’s increasingly complex and customized medical devices.

That customization presents significant challenges. For each variation in a prosthetic or pacemaker, there are additional pain points to address. Standardization becomes increasingly elusive, and new variables are introduced that make achieving the high quality standards required of medical devices that much more difficult.

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3November2017

OPS Solutions: One Startup’s Journey to Success

The innovative spirit that put the world on wheels lives on as advances in manufacturing technology continue to move Michigan forward as a burgeoning tech hub. At OPS Solutions, we’re proud to contribute to the growth of this sector within Michigan’s economy.

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18October2017

Manufacturing Day: Inspiring Students at Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute

While manufacturing has evolved over the past several hundred years, the inventive spirit that gave birth to the industrial revolution continues to drive American manufacturing forward. This has given rise to a new era of technology-driven solutions that have made manufacturing one of the most advanced, highly skilled and progressive industries.

Although this may be true, public perception of the manufacturing sector has not evolved at the same rate, and many people are unaware of the advancements that have significantly altered the manufacturing landscape over the past decade. This has contributed to a host of challenges for today’s manufacturers, including the ability to attract the next generation of skilled workers.

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11October2017

Why Companies Like Apple Are Betting Big on The Future of Augmented Reality

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone X and iPhone 8. These devices were tailor-made for Apple’s new augmented reality (AR) platform, ARKit—a vital part of the company’s new iOS 11 software, which allows developers to create apps that integrate digital experiences with the physical world.

This could mean anything from testing out a piece of furniture in your living room to playing video games that become part of your physical environment, all through your phone screen. The possibilities are endless, and big businesses like Apple are already anticipating what the future of augmented reality could hold.

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12September2017

4 Ways Enterprise AR is Saving American Manufacturing

The American manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a bit of a rough patch.

In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted a rise in productivity in just 21 of 86 manufacturing sectors – the lowest number since the recession in 2009. A report states 82% of today’s manufacturers are experiencing either a moderate or severe shortage of skilled workers – a gap that is only expected to grow wider. And, recalls in the automotive sector alone hit a record 53.6 million in 2016.

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