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9October2020

How Cloud Hosting is Advancing Industry 4.0 Manufacturing

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a vital piece of the digital transformation into industry 4.0.  As a part of the LightGuideAR 4.2 updates, we can connect to the Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure; the three main cloud service providers.

But what is it cloud hosting? Cloud hosting (better known as just “the cloud”) is a data collection system that stores information on multiple servers in secure locations around the world. It provides global accessibility and mobility of data. 

By storing data in the cloud, rather than on an internal server, it opens new opportunities for enhanced security, operational efficiency, and investment in future innovation. 

Cloud Security

An internal server requires time and labor that might not always be available. It requires constant monitoring for connectivity, security issues, and needs hardware patching, firewalls, switches, routers, etc. 

Cloud hosting puts those requirements on the hosting provider. The provider has an army of experts and resources that are trained and ready for virtually any scenario. Cloud providers routinely achieve better uptime, data loss prevention, and other metrics than on-premises systems. Plus, cloud companies can take on the liability and infrastructure to keep a good server up. They can’t lose your data because they use multiple servers that are in places that ensure internet connection. Meaning, there’s always a backup. 

Enhanced Process Efficiency

Cloud hosting also offers the benefits of saved time, ease of use, and scalability. Information from every station in a plant can be gathered in one place and compared. It is also compatible with APIs and dashboards that narrow data to view the most significant information. For example, Light Guide Systems® currently uses Power BI to dashboard data.

This view of data leads to a better understanding of operational processes. Therefore, it is easier to recognize where issues are occurring and where to minimize downtime and waste. 

You can find out more about how APIs connect to cloud hosting by reading our “LightGuideAR™ 4.2 Connects Data Remotely with Web APIs” blog post. 

Hybrid Cloud Approach

Another option for cloud hosting is the hybrid cloud approach. Light Guide Systems is dedicated to 24/7 manufacturing operations that maximize employee productivity.  While there are lots of benefits to the cloud, there is a small and inherent delay in sending and receiving data to remote servers.  Due to this delay, we remain committed to keeping our system operation local to the station.  We will push operational data to the cloud as it is generated using a separate thread that will not slow down the real-time operator interactions of the system. This hybrid approach provides the best of both worlds, maximizing both productivity and data access.

Profitable Industry 4.0 Investment

The future of industry 4.0 relies on adaptability and resilience. Cloud hosting allows you to constantly adapt and evaluate security, efficiency, and innovationwith minimum effort. 

Light Guide Systems is a leader in industry 4.0 technology by using cloud hosting to adapt to manufacturing needs. Our broad understanding of the flexibility of cloud hosting allows us to easily recognize the operational needs and maximize results. 

To learn more about cloud hosting and how it can be applied to your operations, please contact us for more information.

 

2October2020

LightGuideAR™ 4.2 Connects Data Remotely with Web APIs

LGS Web API

Version 4.2 of the LightGuideAR™ software introduced new capabilities with Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs) for the scalability of Light Guide data.

APIs make it easier for programs to communicate with each other, locally or globally. Think of it as a kind of translator between you and your server. Having a conversation with the server is like having a conversation over the phone, where you will get more detail. A web API is like sending a text, which gives you a more specific, straightforward set of information.

Light Guide Systems® (LGS) uses web API’s with clients to increase the scalability of a deployment, decrease the amount of specialization needed in enterprise deployments, and promote the availability of using cloud data connection processes.

Light Guide Systems recently worked with a remote Google Preferred Partner that had locations in Mumbai, India, and Southeastern Michigan. They needed to transfer data without limitations caused by language or time on a global scale. Light Guide Systems placed a machine learning algorithm on the Google Cloud Platform that connected LGS to web APIs to send the data remotely.

Now, LGS can globally connect data on any Light Guide System through web APIs. Light Guide Systems are capable of connecting to the Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure / Power BI, Siemens MindSphere, and many other platforms.

To learn more about LightGuideAR Version 4.2 or APIs, including an online demo and discussion of your potential applications, please contact us for more information.

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.

Enhanced enterprise-wide compatibility allows for data from each system to be gathered and viewed from a central cloud location, leveraging industry-standard platforms such as Microsoft Azure / Power BI or Siemens MindSphere. This makes for easier data reporting, analytics, and dashboarding.

The ability to share and aggregate data from all Light Guide Systems deployed in your enterprise is paired with extensive security and traceability measures. One key traceability function is full hashing of work instructions, so you can know exactly what an operator saw at each step on every part that they worked with.  We store our process data in real-time and every variable in our system can be logged and retrieved automatically.  If you are torquing bolts, scanning barcodes, gauging parts, scanning RFID badges, flipping bits in a PLC, or taking 4k pictures of your parts, this data is stored and is readily available for analysis. It also maintains data integrity.

Other new features include simplified user experience, new communications formats, increased installation ease, and improvements to logic, vision, logging, and diagnostics.

Version 4.2, like all previous versions of LightGuideAR Software, powers all of our systems, including the Classic, Pro, SpotGuide, SightGuide, and TrainAR products. To learn more about the LightGuideAR 4.2 Software release, including an online demo and discussion of your potential applications, please contact us for more information.

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.

As the Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, the Forum provides the Global Innovators Community with a platform to engage with public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.

Francisco Betti, Head of the Advanced Manufacturing and Production Platform at the Forum stated, “We welcome Light Guide Systems to the Global Innovators Community and to our Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production.  At the forefront of Augmented Reality in manufacturing, Light Guide represents game-changing technology that is empowering the manufacturing workforce to take quality, productivity, and efficiency to new levels. Innovative voices such as Light Guide Systems are essential in the work we do and we look forward to Light Guide’s contributions to our community.”

Light Guide Systems CEO and President Paul Ryznar stated, “We are very pleased to be selected to WEF’s Global Innovators Community.  We are already engaged with the Forum in critical initiatives to assist in COVID-related economic recovery efforts as well as bringing our Augmented Reality technology to help unlock human potential in manual manufacturing environments within underdeveloped countries.  It is meaningful work and we are passionately committed to ensuring success for the manufacturing workforce.”

About Light Guide Systems:

Light Guide Systems (and parent company OPS Solutions) have created a portfolio of patented Augmented Reality products which use proprietary software to provide visual workflow and confirmation of complex manual processes. For applications including material handling and logistics, assembly, test and inspection, and training, Light Guide Systems technology provides the visualization, traceability, and flexibility for leading companies globally. Key markets include automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy truck and industrial equipment, food preparation, and medical equipment manufacturers and service providers. Light Guide System is headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA with our European offices in Prague, Czechia, and Asia Pacific offices in Suzhou, China. Learn more at www.lightguidesys.com or www.lightguidesys.eu.

About the World Economic Forum:

The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.  The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.  To learn more about The World Economic Forum, visit https://www.weforum.org/.

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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.  

At the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2020, one of the key themes of the collected business and political leads was Disability Inclusion.  A total of 1.3 billion people – 17% of the global population – live with some form of disability, representing the largest minority group worldwide. 

Light Guide Systems is proud to be partnered with Lichtwerk and its sister company Mariasteen, who work in the Social Economy field towards the goals of Disability Inclusion.  Mariasteen is a social enterprise focused on assembly work; employing 860 people, the vast majority of which have some form of occupational disability.  Light Guide Systems has been deployed within Mariasteen to enable their workforce to be even more successful with Augmented Reality assistive technology helping them in their daily work.  

Light Guide Systems CEO and President Paul Ryznar stated, “We are proud to now be partnered with Lichtwerk in their pursuit of Light Guide Systems projects that will enrich the career opportunities of so many workers who would not otherwise be able to attain meaningful employment.”

And Lichtwerk Head Lieven Bossuyt added, “This partnership with Light Guide Systems, a world leader in Industrial Augmented Reality with a proven track record of results, is a great leap forward for Lichtwerk. We can now offer state-of-the-art Industry 5.0 solutions that unlock the potential of co-operation between man and machine, as human intelligence works in harmony with cognitive computing.”

About Light Guide Systems:

Light Guide Systems (and parent company OPS Solutions) have created a portfolio of patented Augmented Reality products which use proprietary software to provide visual workflow and confirmation of complex manual processes. For applications including material handling and logistics, assembly, test and inspection, and training, Light Guide Systems technology provides the visualization, traceability, and flexibility for leading companies globally. Key markets include automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy truck and industrial equipment, food preparation, and medical equipment manufacturers and service providers. Light Guide System is headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA with our European offices in Prague, Czechia, and Asia Pacific offices in Suzhou, China. Learn more at www.lightguidesys.com or www.lightguidesys.eu.

About Lichtwerk:

Lichtwerk, located in Belgium, supports the implementation of smart assistive technology in work integration social enterprises, regular (manufacturing) companies, and training centers. Lichtwerk counsels and supplies innovative turnkey solutions and provides training to its customers. The roots of Lichtwerk are in the social economy, creating opportunities for people from disadvantaged groups and integrating them into the labor market. Lichtwerk strongly believes in a “Go Digital, Stay Human” approach to making work feasible and manageable for every company and its employees. Learn more at www.lichtwerk.io.

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27January2020

Light Guide Systems presents TrainAR at CES2020

 

Light Guide Systems presented an industrial augmented reality training system, TrainAR, at CES 2020.  We demonstrated the great versatility of the LightGuide AR platform as a complete training tool.  TrainAR includes an intuitive user interface and pre-templated training program examples and received great feedback from both current and new customers attending the event. TrainAR provides the ability to author step by step visual guidance lessons, confirmation of lesson completion, training metrics, and testing  – all ensuring operational training success.

We were featured in the following informative articles as a follow-up to the show and our presence in the Orbbec booth. Click here to view Findbiometrics.com article and here for the Aithority.com article.

While there was an increased presence of AR/VR products, our Light Guide Systems and new TrainAR offering stood out as a practical solution for use in an industrial environment. Our LightGuide AR software application can be deployed via multiple form factors — including both projector-based and wearables — that are ideal for industrial applications including assembly, logistics, part kitting and sequencing, and of course training!

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