Innovative ways to adopt XR technologies.
Innovative ways to adopt XR technologies
Research by PwC shows that more than one-third of US manufacturers either already use VR technology or plan to do so within the next three years. These companies are uncovering innovative ways to adopt XR technologies in pursuit of a digitally connected factory floor — from product development, to maintenance and repair, to worker training and safety.
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VR-based training has become mainstream in heavy industries for both frequently performed tasks and those infrequently performed tasks where refresher training may be required. This includes: procedures concerning confined spaces (employees, contractors), machinery and specialized equipment – including those found on ships, trains, planes, factories and production sites.
Training employees is made difficult (and costly) as heavy machinery and equipment cannot be easily and affordably transported to regional/global locations and COVID has further complicated training efforts due to regional lockdowns and international travel restrictions.
Health, Safety & Environmental
HSE training can be greatly enhanced when it is rooted in real-life scenarios that help employees and contractors identify and avoid hazards – not just responding to emergency situations.
VR-training can help companies improve the effectiveness of their HSE training in a variety of ways: production site onboarding (first-time visitors and employees) for hazard avoidance, evacuation training to meet compliance requirements, CPR and related life saving measures, and much more. The cost and interruption to business operations can be very high to adequately simulate the required training to meet regulatory and internal needs.
Customer Onboarding & Training
When companies buy capital equipment, they expect to get their operators and repair teams up to speed quickly to maximize ROI. OEMs can go beyond legacy training methods (manuals, classrooms, videos) to train their customers faster and cheaper via VR learning. Additionally, many OEMs are now facing situations where they sell equipment into regions of the world that may be subject to travel restrictions (COVID, political instability, etc.) so live training is not an option.
Virtualizing training for customers as part of OEM customer onboarding can be a huge competitive advantage for customers operating manufacturing, distribution, and field operations sites.
We are experiencing a remaking of the workforce like no other time in human history – and this has put pressure on L&D leaders to adapt their organization for multiple simultaneous scenarios: (i) capturing industry knowledge from retiring Baby Boomers as 10,000 turn age 65 each day, (ii) upskilling Millennial and Gen Z workers for employee retention, (iii) training remote workers while retaining inclusiveness, and (iv) re-skilling workers displaced by AI and robotics.
Turn Training from a Cost to a Strategic Investment:
- RAttract/retain Millennial and Gen Z learners via immersive sensory experiences
- RAnytime, anywhere access to real-time, real-life scenario training regardless of distance
- RImprove learning measurement and analytics for demonstrating business impact