Technology Trends

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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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.  

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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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:

Retraining for the Restart: With the long shutdowns, companies will be faced with retention and recruitment challenges.  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.  AR can define and confirm these Safe Work Zones, as well as 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.  AR 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.

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

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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