industry 4.0

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.

 

5November2018

OPS Solutions Travels to India on Automation Alley Trade Mission

As one of the fastest growing enterprise AR companies, we have taken root not just in the United States, but in other regions of the world where manufacturing is strong.

After a successful MEDC-sponsored trade mission to China in July 2017, we knew our company had to take advantage of the opportunity again this year. With several different regions to choose from globally, we ultimately landed on India–one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and a country from which we receive a high level of interest in Light Guide Systems.

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