Recently, the Honeywell announced a cloud-based simulation tool to train the industrial workforce in order to improve their skills. The simulation tool developed by the Honeywell is a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The Honeywell mentioned in the press note that in the coming next 5 yeara around 50 percent of industrial plant personnel are going to retire. In such circumstances, 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 new and contemporary ways.
The Honeywell combines its experience of 25 years of worker competency management with advanced training solution of AR/VR with data analytics to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training.
To simulate different scenarios for Honeywell’s C300 controller, the company uses the Microsoft’s HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The HoloLens is a self-contained holographic computer. The scenarios created by the Honeywell to train & test the company’s personnel skills are primary failure and switchovers, cable and power supply failure and more.
The Honeywell’s solution offers a natural way to interact and communicate with peers or a trainer that can be accessed through the cloud. Similar to a flight simulator, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions.
As Honeywell said that, this approach can improve the skill retention 100% in a much efficient way as compared to traditional training methods. It also reduces the length of technical training by up to 150 percent. Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.
Honeywell Connected Plant turns data into insight that enable plants and businesses to run better. Honeywell delivers this capability through its unmatched domain expertise and advanced analytics capabilities to connect process, assets, people, and enterprise to maximize performance.Honeywell’s breadth of cyber-security solutions ensures data stays secure from increasing external threats.
“Honeywell’s unique approach to industrial training and competency development, combined with Windows Mixed Reality platform and devices, is a good example of a major industrial player proactively and creatively driving digital transformation,” said Lorraine Bardeen, general manager for Mixed Reality at Microsoft. “