VR training is changing the way workers are being trained in the manufacturing industry. VR provides the unique opportunity to train professionals safely and effectively, while saving large sums on training costs.
Mechanics can learn how to repair in emergency scenarios using immersive VR simulations, where they feel the time pressure to complete repairs quickly without physical repercussions.
You can also build highly-detailed virtual models of equipment and products, and present conditions that would be impossible to recreate in the physical world. An example is an exploded view of your machine or product parts to help new workers better understand the equipment or technology they work with. In doing so, they learn faster, retain better and work more effectively
VR training has many benefits, including:
Reduced training costs
Training in manufacturing involves heavy resources. A common ratio of trainers to trainees in a manufacturing environment is 2:1. To train just one employee, two engineers need to be present to educate and guide the session, as the other helps to set up the equipment. Taking key experienced employees out of their jobs to conduct training is also inefficient. VR training allows trainees to learn at their own pace, with minimum trainer involvement and use of energy and resources from switching on a machine just for training purposes.
Reduced training time
On the manufacturing factory floor, new workers do not value-add to a company until they complete their training. This means that the longer it takes the train the worker to become competent, the more expenses the company incurs. Aeroplane manufacturer Boeing, was able to cut their usual 3-month training process for mechanics to just two months, with VR training.
Workers in manufacturing jobs often have to operate in risky scenarios. VR simulations offer training opportunities without endangering inexperienced workers and their surroundings. With VR training, new workers can already become competent before they work on a real piece of equipment.