How Virtual Reality Has Transformed Manufacturing Training
Manufacturing and industry are facing a difficult challenge. With retiring Baby Boomers and a shortage of employees entering manufacturing and trades, a talent shortage is underway. These businesses need a way to quickly and easily train and onboard new workers, and AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) training are becoming more and more popular.
Traditional Training Versus AR/VR
If you’ve ever heard the term “book smart,” you understand how traditional training might lack effectiveness. Consisting of printed manuals, computer-based training and shadowing, traditional training techniques have several shortcomings. First, they’re time-consuming to create and maintain. Second, they don’t appeal to all learning styles. And third, they lack a real-life context, which leads to longer learning times for new employees, plus safety risks.
In comparison, AR and VR training offer the following advantages:
- “Real-life” settings that provide visual and auditory cues as workers get used to a new skill.
- Assistance navigating the factory or warehouse floor to find tools associated with the job.
- Step-by-step, hands-on training for completing tasks in real time.
- Alerts to mistakes to avoid along the way—adding to safety.
Three Reasons to Choose AR/VR
If you’re on the fence, consider the following reasons augmented and virtual reality training are a benefit to your workplace:
- More effective than traditional training methods. Let’s face it: time is money. With AR/VR training, you’ll save yourself the time it takes to create and maintain training materials. Plus, you can get new workers up to speed faster, which helps you maintain a standard level of productivity on the work floor.
- Prepare employees for emergency situations. It’s easy to tell your workers what to do in case of equipment malfunction, fire, flood, etc. But AR/VR can actually walk them through an emergency procedure in real time, with no actual threat to their safety as they learn.
- Bridge the skills gap in your workplace. Some skills, especially those Baby Boomers will be taking with them, can take workers years to learn using traditional training techniques. But AR/VR helps cut your training time down considerably, making it much easier and faster to onboard workers with critical skills that will be missing as your older employees retire.
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Hamilton-Ryker’s TalentGro® division offers training to help you bring new workers up to speed. Discuss the options available in terms of virtual reality training. To learn more, contact us today!
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