Manufacturing requires a careful balance of productivity and safety, so plant worker training must reflect that. Leaders must be able to scale the workforce quickly to ensure production efficiency and quality, as well as hit deadlines and profitability goals.
Virtual Reality training provides mental repetitions off the line to help manufacturing associates learn the right skills to do their jobs, while boosting situational awareness and knowledge of safety protocol. Manufacturers are turning to VR training because it has proven to significantly reduce training times, safety incidents, and worker time to productivity.
The trainer is able to better understand the task at hand while the employee is learning new skills for safety and better work quality.
-Associate Director, Safety Analytics Health and Safety, Multinational food processor
Manufacturing workers must constantly be aware of their surroundings in order to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. VR training helps workers build their knowledge of and comfort with the plant and its rules, including important preparations like personal protective equipment (PPE). More importantly, VR helps them practice awareness and apply the knowledge in a safe virtual environment in order to reduce incidents.
It’s like having 1-on-1 coaching in the real world, while getting immediate feedback.
-Van Sun, Assembly Trainer, BMW
For the highest quality and throughput, manufacturers need every employee to get up-to-speed on their role and master workflows as quickly as possible. VR training gives employees hands-on learning, which is incredibly valuable for the skills needed to interact with machinery efficiently. In the headset, learners assume their position, engage their bodies, and learn the skills needed to be productive on the line. They get immediate feedback on their training decisions, which reinforces the learning and increases long-term retention.
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In a factory, hazards like misplaced items, burned out lightbulbs, loose cables, or spills cause a significant portion of workplace injuries. Associates need to have a keen eye and always be on the lookout for these hazards. With VR training, learners look up, down, side to side, and behind them in order to locate all issues in a given scene. In other words, learners engage their entire body, building situational awareness and visual object recognition skills that are critical in a manufacturing environment.
Lockout/tagout is another critical safety procedure that manufacturing employees must learn and apply regularly. With VR, manufacturers don’t need to stop production or wait until machine maintenance to train employees for a lockout/tagout situation. In the headset, employees work in a virtual factory environment with a colleague and must apply the steps to a proper lockout, as well as identify any unsafe practices their colleague is exhibiting during the procedure.
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