AR/VR Simulator Trains Next-Gen Industrial Workforce

Honeywell’s cloud-based simulation tool uses a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train plant personnel on critical industrial work activities. With as much as 50% of industrial plant personnel due to retire within the next five years, the Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency is designed to bring new industrial workers up to speed quickly by enhancing training and delivering it in contemporary ways.

 

The training solution combines mixed reality with data analytics to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training. It uses Microsoft’s HoloLens, the only self-contained holographic computer, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets to simulate various scenarios for Honeywell’s C300 controller – such as primary failure and switchovers, cable and power supply failure – that train and test personnel on their skills.

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Simulating specific job activities through virtual environments, which are accessed through the cloud, Honeywell’s solution offers a natural way to interact and communicate with peers or a trainer. Like a flight simulator, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions. This approach improves skill retention versus traditional training methods and reduces the length of technical training. Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.

 

For more information, take gander at Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency and the Honeywell Connected Plant.