Company News

11September2020

Secure and Connect Your Data: Introducing LightGuideAR 4.2

Enterprise Data

OPS Solutions is proud to announce the release of LightGuideAR Software Version 4.2. The new features and functions of Version 4.2 advance the security and connectivity of your data and Light Guide Systems.

Our new and expanded database stores more data in real-time. Meaning, process data is automatically saved and defined, giving the exact location and time that the data originated.

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2July2020

Light Guide Systems Joins the World Economic Forum Global Innovators Community

Advanced Manufacturing

Wixom, Michigan, USA and Geneva, Switzerland

Today, OPS Solutions and the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing and Production Platform are pleased to announce the selection of Light Guide Systems into the World Economic Forum Global Innovators Community.

The Global Innovators Community is an invitation-only group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation.  Amid major global disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a critical moment for innovative companies to bring forward new ideas and innovations to help protect the lives and livelihoods of communities and industries around the world.

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25June2020

LightGuideAR for PPE and Health Screening Confirmation

Health Screening

As manufacturing and service companies restart their operations following long shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, there are several critical elements where Augmented Reality (AR) can enable and assist a safe and efficient restart process.  One critical element of a safe restart is to ensure that new requirements for PPE and health screening are properly adhered to prior to an employee entering the workplace. Light Guide can allow employees entering the workplace to check-in safely and without contact, with a standardized process including auto-confirmation that all required PPE is adorned, as well as health screening for fever and other symptoms.  A successful screening event can then be logged to the employee’s badge number for safe entry into the workplace.  The new video on our video page demonstrates how this Light Guide enabled safe-entry screening process can work. Check out the new video with this link.  We are doing our part to #StopTheSpread, and help to keep our customers safe as they restart and return to work with Light Guide.

18June2020

Light Guide Systems and Lichtwerk (Belgium) Announce Channel Partner Agreement

Lichtwerk

June 18, 2020 – Wixom, Michigan, USA and Hooglede-Gits, Belgium

Today, Light Guide Systems and Lichtwerk announced the signing of a channel partner agreement, in which the parties will collaborate in commercializing and implementing Light Guide Systems hardware and software products and services for end-user customers throughout Europe. This partnership will be focused on all industries and with special attention toward advancing Social Economy companies in the BENELUX region performing amazing work within the Disability Inclusion sector.  

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19May2020

A Safe and Efficient Restart with Augmented Reality

Cleaning Safely

As manufacturing and service companies prepare to restart their operations in the coming weeks following long shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, there are several critical elements where Augmented Reality (AR) can enable and assist a safe and efficient restart process.  Our recent Light Guide Systems WebinAR addresses these key elements, including:

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27April2020

LightGuideAR for Safe Work Zones

Light Guide for Safe Work Zones

The team at Light Guide Systems has developed a great solution for defining Safe Work Zones relative to any given workstation.  A 3D sensor and overhead projector are controlled by our LightGuideAR software, to ensure that the workstation is only occupied by one team member – if another person attempts to enter the Safe Work Zone, there is both a visual and audible warning created.  Let’s get back to work safely with Light Guide Systems!  Check out the full video with this link to our video page.  We are doing our part to #StopTheSpread, and help to keep our customers safe as they restart and return to work with Light Guide.

22April2020

Prepare to Restart with Augmented Reality

Restart Operations with Augmented Reality

As manufacturing and service companies prepare to restart their operations in the coming weeks following long shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, there are several critical elements where Augmented Reality (AR) can enable and assist a safe and efficient restart process.

Retraining for the Restart: With the long shutdowns, companies will be faced with retention and recruitment challenges, and as a result will face significant training workload in the coming weeks.  In addition, planning for a phased-in return to the workplace generally is indicating a workforce that is ~50% less dense than before the pandemic crisis began.  AR has been proven to be highly effective in training employees in new processes or products, as well as remedial training for pre-existing work assignments.

Low-Density Operations: Consistent with the new Social Distancing norms we are practicing in the general public, the workplace will have to be reconfigured to allow for the recommended safe distances, i.e. six feet spacing between workstations.  In this new low-density scenario, assembly processes will have to be redesigned and work stations spaced further apart, and team members will have to be able to perform multiple process steps.  In this more complex environment, AR again can provide the proper guidance and confirmation that products are built efficiently and at high-quality levels.

New Disinfection Requirements: All companies will need to comply with new stringent regulations for providing a sterile workplace.  Studies have demonstrated that relying on checklists and human memory doesn’t ensure critical surfaces are properly sanitized.  AR on a wearable platform, combined with spatial recognition, can provide standardized work instructions to ensure compliance and confirmation that these sanitizing processes are performed correctly and completely every time.

New Requirements for PPE and Health Screening:   AR can self-guide employees entering the workplace in a standardized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Health Screening process, with auto-confirmation that all required PPE is adorned as well as Health Check screening for fever and other symptoms; a successful screening event can then be associated with the employee’s badge for safe entry into the workplace.

Proper PPE Kitting and Availability: If faced with a lack of proper PPE inventory levels and staging throughout the workplace, operations will be impacted if employees are unable to work without PPE.  AR kitting systems can both guide and confirm that the appropriate PPE quantities are properly stocked in the right place and at the right time.

While the “new normal” will present a number of challenges in the workplace, with the right approach and right technology you can effectively and efficiently mitigate the risks.  Please let us know what your biggest challenges are, and we can advise you on how to address them with Light Guide Systems for a safer, more productive workplace.

22April2020

Light Guide Systems Producing Masks

Light Guide Systems Producing Masks

As part of our company’s initiatives to help address the COVID-19 pandemic situation, our employees are deploying Light Guide Systems and producing protective masks.  We are using our Light Guide Systems Pro desktop workstations to generate digital augmented reality work instructions to teach our employees to make masks at home for our local health care facilities and senior care assisted living centers.  Our patented LightGuideAR software is guiding our employees, many who have never sewn, through the process and capturing their progress in real-time as each mask is complete. At any given time, we know how many masks have been produced and are ready for donation. With this link to our video page, our CTO Will Sommerville can be seen at work with his Light Guide Systems Pro station, following the projected work instructions to cut, sew, and fabricate masks safely, efficiently, and with zero defects.  We are doing our part to #StopTheSpread, and appreciate your feedback on how we can help you and your organization to do the same.

8April2020

Announcing LightGuideAR Software 4.1

Software Release Product Diagram

OPS Solutions is proud to announce the latest release of our LightGuideAR Software, Release 4.1.  LightGuideAR Release 4.1 is the software engine that powers all of our Light Guide Systems, including the Classic, Pro, SpotGuide, SightGuide, and TrainAR products.  LightGuideAR Release 4.1 is packed with powerful new features and capabilities, including:

Our new Observatory Vision toolset is built right into the LighGuideAR application, with features such as pattern recognition, blob tools, and edge recognition.  We now support new vision and sensing devices including Microsoft’s Azure Kinect with superior depth performance, and the 4K Brio Cameras (8MP) for snapshots and vision algorithms.  We also support Basler GigE cameras.

LightGuideAR Software 4.1 also includes an improved and simplified Programming Interface with Step Templates to quickly and easily generate work instructions.  Now you can Copy and Paste images and text into these Step Templates from standard document format such as .PPT, .Doc, and HTML/ Web pages.  These templates allow for a “Slide By Slide” programming mode, to easily author work instructions similar to popular desktop presentation software. Also, the graphics functionality now features CAD-style Snap Tools and capabilities.  And, we now offer a Standard WebAPI Interface to program custom interfaces to LightGuideAR.

LightGuideAR Release 4.1 now offers better integration with AR wearables, including the Microsoft Hololens II, Realwear, and Vuzix headsets.

To learn more about LightGuideAR Release 4.1, including an online demo and discussion of your potential applications, please contact us for more information.

31March2020

Light Guide Systems Practical AR Webinar

Light Guide Systems webinar, hosted by Automation Alley, showcases our Industrial Augmented Reality technology, capabilities, and case studies.  The webinar is now online and available for viewing on-demand.  In the webinar you will learn about:

  • What does a practical industrial AR system look like on the factory floor?
  •  How quickly can you deploy an Industrial AR solution?
  •  How does industrial AR work in a high-mix, high-variation environment?
  •  How can industrial AR be used for training my manufacturing workforce?
  • What are the economic levers for a profitable industrial AR scale deployment?

To view the presentation online, please click the following link.

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