In the manufacturing industry, every second matters and a slight flaw in anything from design to layout could potentially cause a series of catastrophic events.
Fortunately, with the emergence of virtual reality tools that provide us with powerful new conduits for the purposes of training, safety education and manufacturing. Although, it’s effectiveness lies in the fact that these employees are learning by doing without disturbing the production process.
“ US and UK employees are costing business $ 37 Billion a year because they do not fully understand their jobs.” – ( Marketwire – June 18, 2008, Source: Cognisco )
“An organization’s greatest asset is its employees,” said Mary Clarke, the CEO of Cognisco.
In a manufacturing industry, the stakes are high, the margin for error is slim, and there isn’t another method to train other than being on the job.
Trainees are then instructed with stimuli through VR to perform their jobs, including all of the stress and chaos they will experience on the job, but in a consequence-free, no-risk environment. The additional repetitions are an invaluable practice that builds muscle memory and fluidity in performing these tasks.
Furthermore, through VR training, immediate managers can identify learning gaps and focus- in on exactly when and why an individual learner is making mistakes. Traditionally, recognizing these gaps has been guesswork that relies on observation.
Immersive training, allows immediate managers to get to the root of any existential problem in a manufacturing or other operational setting.
By using gamification elements, employees in any age category will be highly motivated to redo their training in order to improve their badges and scores.
This will result in much better-trained personnel and operational excellence.
Through training using virtual reality, productivity can significantly be boosted through every phase of the industrial development process – from initial design to assembly optimization.
In addition to this, just having a virtual 3D prototype of the desired model can significantly cut time, money and resources needed to create a series of desired physical prototypes.
In short, VR expedites your maintenance training while diminishing the costly need for physical assets.
The uses of VR training in the manufacturing sector are endless, but here are some of the most noteworthy ones-
So how exactly, is VR used to train a manufacturing employee you may ask?
- Training & Safety Training
Using cutting-edge VR tools it is now possible to simulate a realistic approach of the actual facility along with incorporated sounds on the floor as well.
VR training is generally preferred over others when the environment is dangerous or difficult to emulate in a physical setting.
It’s also very convenient to have VR training when employees are dispersed geographically and require constant monitoring at the facility since most optimal training is generally received at the facility itself with first-hand experience, which is exactly what VR does for us.
Employees also have the freedom to understand the entire workflow process without any risks of errors in a safe, simulated, consequence-free environment.
Australia’s UNSW School of Mining Engineering uses VR technology to create escape scenarios of outburst in a mine to prevent any casualties if that actually transpired in the material world whilst people are working.
IBM has already incorporated VR based training for all its employees in the manufacturing sector.
So, is VR here to stay?
The dire need to optimize and create more efficient supply chains can only be satiated by the use of VR The visualization capabilities and cost efficiency that VR provides is unparalleled in the manufacturing industry.