Honeywell has launched a cloud-based simulation tool that uses a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train industrial workers.
Honeywell’s training solution combines mixed reality with data analytics and Honeywell’s worker training experience to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training. It uses Microsoft’s HoloLens, the world’s first and 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.
Youssef Mestari, program director for Honeywell Connected Plant said Megatrends such as the aging workforce are putting increased pressure on industrial companies and their training programs. “There is a need for more creative and effective training delivered through contemporary methods such as Immersive Competency, ultimately empowering industrial workers to directly improve plant performance, uptime, reliability and safety,” Mestari added.
Simulating specific job activities through virtual environments, which are accessed through the cloud, Honeywell helps trainees interact and communicate with peers or a trainer. Similar to a flight simulator, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions. This approach improves skill retention versus traditional training methods by up to 100% and reduces the length of technical training by up to 150%, the company says. Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.