COMMON USES / COMMON PROBLEMS SOLVED
- Training in a manufacturing environment that is disruptive or dangerous
- Allows operators the ability to experience and evaluate a new shop floor layout or configuration prior to making any expensive moves
- Need for consistent training of a skill or task
VIRTUAL REALITY COULD BE A GOOD FIT IF:
- You don’t want to stop equipment to train
- You don’t have a large space to train
- You want to ensure your employee can be safe before exposing them to the actual equipment
- You have many employees that you’d like to cross-train
- You have remote employees
VIRTUAL REALITY MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD FIT IF
- You don’t have a specific application in mind
- The application you have in mind requires complex machinery that is too difficult to render
- Training is easier or better suited to a real-life environment
- Precise manipulation or movement is required to accomplish the task
What are the restrictions on this technology?
- Completely obscures the vision of an operator in favor of the virtual experience
- Models have to be optimized to run on the hardware platform
Will I need special equipment to operate this technology?
- VR HMD is required
- Some platforms require a PC and external sensors
Do I need any special training or certification to operate this technology? If so, what?
- An understanding of device navigation is required. Generally, it takes 5 minutes to learn.
THE FACTORY OF TOMORROW EXPERIENCE
Three trainings using VR goggles:
- How to use calipers for measurement
- How to use an industrial sewing machine/ sewing basics
- How to setup a CNC machine
EQUIPMENT IN THE LAB
The Factory of Tomorrow demonstrates real-world applications in a low volume, high mix environment. Made possible by our partnerships with national, regional, state, and local organizations, The Factory of Tomorrow is here to offer new opportunities for the real-world application of advanced manufacturing technologies.
Integrated technologies demonstrate that Smart Factories and Industry 4.0 advanced technologies are within reach for small and mid-sized manufacturers. Learn more and visit the lab >