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You Could be VR Training for Your Next Job in Industry 4.0

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In an Industry 4.0 future, not only pilots and soldiers will have access to VR training. From now on, rigging and mobile crane operators also will have their immersive training experience, as Industrial Training International has developed a VR simulator for mobile cranes that would replace old 2D screen-simulators.

As their latest training solution for rigging and crane activities, ITI VR, a section of Industrial Training International, developed the VR Mobile Crane Simulator. In beta since last October, the system will be unveiled and officially launched during the next CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas from March 7 to 11.

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Using Oculus Rift headset and a modular rig, the VR Mobile Crane Simulator guarantees total immersion with its authentic renderings of real settings and crane ergonomics. The chair with actuator system creates motion signals to help trainees develop specific psychomotor reflexes and deepen their experience further.

Low-cost and promising unparalleled user experience, ITI’s system is intended as a replacement for current simulators which, apart from being expensive and immobile, have poor immersive qualities. In fact, ITI was planning on purchasing simulators to serve their customers, then deeming those simulators of poor value, decided to invest in developing a better simulator of their own in collaboration with the startup Serious Labs.

In addition to mobile cranes, ITI VR has also developed simulators for overhead cranes, pedestal cranes and aerial work platforms, along with a library of related courses.

VR Training is the Future

Training is a necessary step in any occupation, and total immersion made possible by VR simulators would prove to be beneficial for both employees and employers. Employees would gain critical skills faster without the hazards of real training. Employers can assure their employees are qualified while saving time and reducing costs.

VR training helps to better learn fine motor skills than conventional simulators. An action performed via VR training is more likely to lend to real life situations as more variables are encountered in these totally immersive environments.

Devoid of external distractions such as people, obstacles, and noise, VR training allows trainees to focus on the task at hand. Moreover, VR training is more efficient than real training because the trainee’s mistakes don’t add any extra costs to the worksite.

VR solutions have been used to great effect for pilots and soldiers by training them for the stressful environments in which they operate daily without damage to personnel or equipment. Now that VR technologies are more and more advanced and low-cost, VR training techniques will improve many industries, particularly high-risk occupations.

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