augmented reality technology

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. 

14December2020

Solving the Skills Gap: A Visual Guide on Upskilling

Upskilling is a buzz-word heard across every industry. 

Markets are shifting, bringing in new technologies and changing job opportunities, both of which change job requirements. New skills are required to fulfill those jobs. This results in businesses looking to bring their workers up to speed without any downtime. And that’s where upskilling comes in. 

The manufacturing sector has seen sudden rises in job loss and lack of recruits over the past few years. It has also seen a rise in Industry 4.0 technology. Between these two, the skills gap is more prevalent than ever before. Therefore, upskilling has become a prevalent solution. 

This infographic is designed to explain the current role of upskilling in manufacturing. Pulling data from surveys, this provides a glimpse into the perceptions of the skills gap throughout the entire factory.  

 

Upskilling is a training process that teaches workers new skills to improve their current roles. It is a proven method for reducing the skills gap across all levels of an organization. Upskilling solves numerous production issues and is championed by leaders and workers alike. One of the best ways to upskill workers is to utilize Augmented Reality (AR) training. Light Guide Systems AR software is an inclusive and versatile Industry 4.0 technology that makes training quick, simple, and quantifiable. 80% Executives say at least half of all new roles should be filled by reskilling existing workers.75% Manufacturers saw improvements to productivity and morale . 87% Workers BELIEVE SKILLs dEVELOPMENT WILL BE ESSENTIAL For Future WORK. 81% Workers SAY training helps them feel more engaged at work.

 

More about the benefits of using AR to upskill will be covered in our “How to Use Augmented Reality to Upskill Workers with Light Guide CEO, Paul Ryznar” blog post. 

To find out more about Light Guide Systems AR training, please contact us.

 

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24June2019

4 Enterprise AR Trends to Watch

Augmented reality (AR) technology has come a long way in the past decade, and Light Guide Systems has been evolving along with it. But today’s most complex and sophisticated AR technologies only make up the first few drops of what’s shaping up to be a downpour of innovation in the near future. Enterprise AR, in particular, comprises a large segment of the AR market, and promises significant growth.

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12July2018

6 Things Our Team Wants to Build Next Using AR

Here at OPS Solutions, we use augmented reality to help companies better visualize complex assembly processes so they can improve the way products are manufactured.

While we work hard to deliver transformational solutions for customers in a variety of industries, our team also has fun coming up with creative and amusing ways to demonstrate the versatility of our practical AR tool, Light Guide Systems—like the time we built a game of human pong for our open house event, or a bartending demo for a restaurant trade show.

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7March2018

Sheltered Workshops and AR Tech Help Disabled Individuals Excel in the Workforce

Being an AR sales engineer at OPS Solutions, I frequently travel to events and tradeshows to showcase Light Guide Systems’ practical augmented reality technology.

At one tradeshow in particular, the organizers let a group of special needs children explore the various booths on the floor. A number of kids stopped by our booth and took turns participating in our interactive demonstration, which challenged participants to build a ballpoint pen using guided augmented reality work instructions. I noticed that the kids paid more attention at the booth than anyone else at the show.

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5December2017

OPS Solutions CEO to Speak at 2017 MICHauto Summit

The automotive industry is in the midst of another revolution that’s being driven by an explosion of connectivity, shared mobility and automated technology.

As the automotive capitol of the world, and one of the fastest growing technology and entrepreneurship hubs in the country, Detroit is at the forefront of this incredible transformation in manufacturing technology, known as Industry 4.0.

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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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