Augmented Reality Is Ready for Its Close Up on the Training Floor

IndustryWeek | February 19, 2020

Augmented Reality Is Ready for Its Close Up on the Training Floor
Not everyone learns the same way, and different types of learning-auditory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic or a mix-aren’t always well-represented in academia or company training programs. According to a 2018 IndustryWeek/Poka survey of 426 manufacturing leaders, the most effective training method is on-the-floor pairing/shadowing where trainees observe and interact with experts performing the actual job. But this kinesthetic one-off pairing approach can be expensive, taking experienced workers off the production floor to train. Also, paper-based work instructions may make training outdated or ineffective. While learning management systems have made relevant information digitized, training through AR provides a 3D format and kinesthetic-friendly approach, which capitilizes on a mix of learning methods that improve knowledge retention. AR is also more cost-effective than planning downtime for training on real-world equipment or using physical materials for training prototypes.

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Without the doubt, smart heavy equipment tracking systems deliver savings through increased equipment productivity, reduced operator errors and efficient care and maintenance. But if your heavy equipment operates in remote areas, is your tracking system is delivering on its promised value? Fleet-tracking devices that communicate over satellite deliver the same benefits of their cellular counterparts but offer increased visibility in even the most remote regions. Satellite-based tracking devices are able to monitor the location of heavy equipment even when they are in remote areas like mines, construction sites and oil & gas fields.

Spotlight

Without the doubt, smart heavy equipment tracking systems deliver savings through increased equipment productivity, reduced operator errors and efficient care and maintenance. But if your heavy equipment operates in remote areas, is your tracking system is delivering on its promised value? Fleet-tracking devices that communicate over satellite deliver the same benefits of their cellular counterparts but offer increased visibility in even the most remote regions. Satellite-based tracking devices are able to monitor the location of heavy equipment even when they are in remote areas like mines, construction sites and oil & gas fields.

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