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The Next Evolution of AR Work Instructions: LightGuide 24.1

Introducing LightGuide 24.1

Ready to unlock the full potential of your AR workflows? Achieve new levels of efficiency with enterprise-ready workflow deployment tools, expanded integrations for enhanced material handling, and pre-built queries that empower your team with data-driven insights.

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Effortlessly Deploy Workflows Across Your Factory

Effortlessly package workflows, including all dependencies, into portable workflow packages for distribution across your enterprise with our Workflow Import/Export Tool.

  • Simplified workflow deployment: Export entire workflows, or standard tools (like soft buttons), for easy import on any workstation.
  • Centralized authoring: Develop workflows centrally and distribute them seamlessly across your factory. Upload workflow packages to your document management, PLM, and other process management tools faster and easier than before.
  • Improved standardization: Efficiently distribute workflow variations and subroutines so all enterprise systems are harmonized, ensuring everyone works from the same SOPs.

Unlock Powerful Insights with Pre-Built Data Queries

Empower your workforce with data-driven insights – directly within your LightGuide workflows. 24.1 includes a library of pre-built queries that can be easily modified, making it easier than ever to access and analyze valuable operation data like cycle times, rework rates, and user performance.

These pre-built queries don’t just provide insights, they make your workflows smarter by allowing workflows to adjust based on performance data. Additionally, these queries can seamlessly share data through a database, fostering better integration with your existing systems.

Effortlessly Access and Manage Variables for Faster Workflow Creation

It’s now easier than ever to find, manage, and utilize the variables that power your workflows. Here’s what’s new:

  • Enhanced search functionality: Effortlessly locate the specific variable you need with our improved search bar.
  • Pin your favorites: Keep frequently used variables at your fingertips by pinning them to the top of the table for quick access.
  • Categorized system variables: Built-in system variables are neatly categorized, making it easier to understand their purpose and use the right variable for the job, for faster authoring.

Optimize Warehouse Operations with Enhanced ProGlove Integration

LightGuide integrates with ProGlove wearable barcode scanners to streamline material handling processes for fast, accurate fulfillment.

Pair it with SpotGuide for an extra edge. Spotlight projection technology visually guides workers to key areas in your warehouse, while ProGlove delivers crucial instructions directly to their hands.

Beyond visual guidance and data, LightGuide communicates with 3D sensors to confirm bin selections and provide haptic feedback via ProGlove wearables. Imagine a subtle vibration from the glove if you reach for the wrong bin – that’s LightGuide preventing errors and optimizing workflows for a truly intelligent warehouse.

LightGuide is Now Compatible with Windows 11

LightGuide is now fully compatible with Windows 11, ensuring a seamless transition and uninterrupted performance so you can use the latest features of Windows 11 alongside the powerful capabilities of LightGuide.

The choice is yours! When integrating your LightGuide system, you can now choose between Windows 10 or Windows 11 to best suit your existing infrastructure and workflow preferences.

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Build AR Workflows Faster with Workflow Preview

Streamline workflow development with practical features that make authoring AR work instructions faster, simpler, and more efficient. View and compare multiple workflows in different windows, and switch between subroutines you’re testing, without leaving the main workflow you’re working on. Save time and effort by copying and pasting logic from existing workflows into new workflows, eliminating redundant work and ensuring consistent standards.

Transform Data into Action with SQL-Driven Insights in Your Workflows

Say goodbye to limited data access and hello to a world of possibilities. Originally part of Data Hub, this powerful feature is now fully integrated into LightGuide. Perform SQL queries in your workflows and empower your team with data-driven insights, right where it matters most.

  • Make smarter workflows that adapt to operator performance, driving higher productivity and delivering extra help where needed.
  • Evaluate skill development and tailor training programs for faster onboarding and skill mastery.
  • Send data to your MES or PLC to inform data-driven decisions around maximizing efficiency and throughput.

Get Insights into Equipment Health with Advanced Projector Monitoring

Gain insights into projector health and send critical performance data (lamp hours, temperatures, video inputs, error alerts, and more) directly to your PLC, MES, or IIoT platform for proactive intelligence that empowers you to anticipate maintenance issues before they disrupt your workflow.

Experience unprecedented reliability, minimized downtime, and informed maintenance – all wrapped into a detailed log for fast, precise troubleshooting that supports preventative and predictive maintenance initiatives.

Effortlessly Restore Your LightGuide System in Sonar

Encounter an unexpected change and need to revert to a previous system state? Don’t worry! Your LightGuide settings are recoverable. Browse backup records in Sonar (complete with timestamps and comments) and select the desired recovery point to quickly and easily restore your LightGuide system to its desired working state.

Streamline System Setup with Powerful Configuration & Auditing Tools

Seamlessly configure LightGuide across your factory with intuitive tools that guide you every step of the way. Automatically configure your time zone and other critical system parameters. Use Display Setup Exceptions to set reminders and leave notes for incomplete tasks, ensuring reliable system operation from the start.

Explore Our Expanded Lineup of Camera Integrations

LightGuide empowers you to choose the tools that fit your needs. We’ve expanded our portfolio of camera integrations to provide you with even more options to choose from, including:

  • Vzense DS77: Pinpoint errors with millimeter precision and reliable ethernet connection.
  • Orbbec Femto Bolt: A high-performance camera comparable to the Microsoft Azure Kinect.
  • Basler Cameras: Get a faster stream and do more with up to double the frame rate.

Enforce Processes by Controlling Workflow Buttons on Operator Interface

Gain more control over workflow execution to improve process adherence. Manage workflow buttons on the operator interface to prevent workers from pausing, restarting, reversing, or aborting workflows, ensuring each step is followed precisely as designed.

Standardize and Engage Operators with 5x More Animated Graphics

Sometimes, when writing work instructions, a static image won’t do. Capture operator attention and strengthen their process comprehension with our expanded library of animated graphics.

Easily Track System Configuration Status in Sonar

Visually confirm and compare LightGuide configurations across all stations in your factory. Establish and maintain both system and workflow consistency throughout all operational evolutions.

Setup Direct PLC Communications with EtherNet Industrial Protocol (E/IP) Profiles

E/IP, now with standard data mapping, directly connects LightGuide to your automation equipment with no hardware gateways. By using this powerful, standard E/IP interface, manufacturers reduce cost, setup time, and troubleshooting time.

Analyze the Full Potential of Your Operations with the New Data Hub

Uncover powerful real-time insights throughout processes with the new Data Hub in LightGuide’s AR work instruction platform. Understand full process lifecycles, identify root causes, and optimize outcomes with detailed analytics.

Audit Your System and Simplify Service with Sonar’s New Pack-and-Go Feature

Get to work faster by leveraging Sonar’s new Pack-and-Go configuration within LightGuide’s AR platform. The concise Pack-and-Go tool simplifies service, storing all of your system configuration settings, enhancing Sonar’s ability to easily audit, inspect, and match system information for consistency and direct traceability.

Accelerate Authoring Efficiency with New User Interface

Streamline and accelerate your LightGuide user experience with our new user interface. This distinct design makes it easier to identify key authoring elements, simplifying LightGuide platform training and comprehension with a cohesive user experience.

Eliminate Onboarding Barriers with Sonar's Display Configuration Walkthrough

Get to work faster with LightGuide by leveraging our concise display setup walkthrough in Sonar. Find all the information you need to configure and maintain your LightGuide system, plus, audit and save all system settings for direct traceability.

Program Authoring

Conditional audio and graphic variable expression make program authoring more intuitive and streamlined

Remote Support

Improved error logging supports easier remote support and troubleshooting


LightGuide is now FIPS compliant, using AES Encryption, which is critical to high-security environments including defense, aerospace, and medical

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