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Light Guide Systems Improves Manufacturing Outcomes



Light Guide System announced new capability updates for Light Guide Systems Classic and Light Guide Systems PRO. These features include highly intuitive 3-D vision, simple and immersive part kitting and sequencing and a variety of new hardware options ranging from torque wrenches, wireless gauges, robots, weight scales and manufacturing execution systems.

"These advances will increase operator engagement to eliminate mistakes, improve cycle times, offer greater transparency and traceability, all while saving time for quality and manufacturing engineering personnel to author the work instructions," said President and CEO Paul Ryznar.

"As manufacturers seek to produce more and more customized products in their respective industries, our objective is to help streamline their processes, improve efficiency and drive overall productivity," said Ryznar. "Modern manufacturing is all about using innovative technology to find customized solutions for challenges on the factory floor. The Light Guide Systems team is constantly working to incorporate new client goals into our latest wave of software updates."

Light Guide Systems is a digital operating "canvas" projected directly onto almost any work surface, providing audio and visual prompts, guidance, pacing and direction. Built-in error-proofing mechanisms and a "No Faults Forward" system design ensures that the right parts are used, the approved sequence is followed and the correct processes are completed. In addition, Light Guide Systems' guidance interfaces with machine vision cameras, torque wrenches, barcode scanners and a variety of additional factory tools for real-time user feedback and confirmation.

The Light Guide Systems team has added new features that include the following.

  • 3-D vision:

- Using infrared time-of-flight 3-D vision cameras, the system can gain awareness of where an operator is reaching and whether components are in their proper place.

- Configuration can be completed in minutes with an intuitive, point-and-click interface that learns where things should be.

- The camera can be mounted several meters away from the work surface, with no wires, reflectors, markings, stickers or any other components in the work area.

- Several dozen parts bins can be monitored by a single camera and used to automatically advance after a successful part pick, or else alarm if an operator reaches into the wrong bin.

  • Immersive Part Kitting and Sequencing

- Developed and deployed systems in parts kitting cells that are custom tailored for this application.

- Parts are managed in an easy to use, intuitive interface with part numbers, pictures and descriptions that will be projected or displayed throughout the kit area.

- The MES system determines the pick order and operators can immediately know where their next part is coming from no matter where they are looking.

  • New hardware options:

- The Light Guide Systems PRO offers the core Light Guide Systems capabilities in a completely integrated hardware platform with a computer, projector, monitor and touchpad with no assembly required and a single standard power cord.

- Expanded list of torque wrench capabilities - including Open Protocol integration, ability to communicate to multiple devices, read and write control over more torque parameters and better ability to tell if the torque tool is in the correct place before enabling it.

- Integration with wireless gauges so that not only can Light Guide show where to put the gauge, but it can immediately display, record and react to the gauge reading as it happens.

- Further experience with all types of robots and robot cells, but especially with collaborative robots that can work alongside human operators.

- Deployment of systems with weight scales to help count parts during an assembly process.

For more information contact:

OPS Solutions LLC

48443 Alpha Drive, Suite 175

Wixom, MI 48393

248-374-8000

www.lightguidesys.com

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