AR solutions

11January2021

How to Use Augmented Reality to Upskill Workers with Light Guide CEO, Paul Ryznar

Augmented reality training station helps solve the skills gap

Heightened attention on the skills gap and finding ways to solve it has turned many companies towards Industry 4.0 technologies to solve training problems. 

The difficulty is finding technology that seamlessly integrates training into current processes and doesn’t interfere with production. 

Augmented Reality (AR) is enabling companies to simultaneously evolve workers’ skill sets and increase production. It is moving training programs from the computer directly to the production line. 

Light Guide CEO, Paul Ryznar, weighed in on some of the ways that AR is solving the skills gap.

Variation

Manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies have struggled with work development forever, specifically the costs of properly training their personnel and training variation; where people are trained differently depending on who trains them,” Paul noted. 

Training programs have always been costly and difficult to manage. Any change, whether it be for a new position or a new process, creates the need for quick and thorough instruction. Often multiple people become responsible for training around the plant and each trainer has their own style. These slight differences can affect the consistency of products. Ultimately it could lead to increased error-rates, production time, or even safety hazards. 

AR training programs guide trainees through every step of the process. Some AR software can even determine right and wrong bin picks and administer quizzes to test comprehension after training. Paul explained, “Because AR trains personnel on the very best practices right from the first cycle they run every time, the training becomes both standardized and consistent without variation.”

Scalability

Part of the reason that training variation occurs is that one standard program can’t be run throughout an entire plant. 

With AR, programs are easily deployed on an enterprise-scale. With a few clicks, supervisors can choose what systems receive or don’t receive information. When updates are made, the changes only need to be programmed into one system and then can be immediately implemented throughout the plant. 

Productivity

With AR, training programs don’t have to be separated from the floor. They can be combined with regular work instruction processes.

Some systems, like Light Guide, assimilate training and normal production. Guided steps eliminate the need for supervision, allowing people to learn at their own pace and produce error-free products without any formal background. The amount of guidance offered eliminates the skills gap, meaning anyone can learn any process.  

This process doesn’t only benefit the trainees. As Paul notes, “The trainers can now perform more value-added work like assembling product or problem-solving.”

Plants can innovate on multiple levels by implementing AR training programs. While training in the factory becomes more effective, trainers are now able to spend more time planning the next steps forward. Productivity is increased, as well as efficiency and quality, making more time available to strategize for a better future. 

To find out more about utilizing AR in your factory, contact us on our website. 

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!

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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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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