How Virtual Reality is redefining the Manufacturing processes
Delivering products at our doorstep is a very straightforward task for the common eye, but it is much more complex than we imagine it to be. The aim is to make the process quick, cheap and fault free. Virtual Reality (VR), as it is mostly thought to be related to video games only, may turn out to be the best solution for all these problems.
The fully immersive experience offered by virtual reality gives a sensation of being physically present in a virtual environment. VR can help people train and work in a better and efficient way exposing them to situations that might occur in their respective work cycles. Some of the benefits that VR offers to training sequences for warehousing operations are
Risk free Training
The warehouse department comprises of heavy machinery used for grabbing & lifting objects, moving objects, interacting with various equipment. All these tasks can be very time consuming and risky. The implementation of VR for all these tasks can result in a better training procedure aiming to nullify the risks and errors involved in a cheaper (without using the actual heavy machinery) and faster process.
Reduction of Errors
The movement and placing of goods in a warehouse is a task that needs to be error free. A VR training platform in which employees can be trained on where to/how to exactly place objects on the racks and carts, what indexing procedures need to be followed and what contingencies to be implemented to ensure a smooth error free process will improve the overall productivity of the operation. These measures will not only reduce the cost and time, but also eliminate the need for intensive job training as the person learns by doing and not by seeing.
Retention of Information
It is very important to develop muscle memory when it comes to warehousing. Once a person is habituated themselves with their surroundings and their expected work role, his/her efficiency increases exponentially which is the most important thing. Imagine a situation where an unexpected but serious accident occurs, most people would panic during such situations, but a person who is familiar with such scenario will not only react instinctively to the situation but will also ensure safety and also have contingencies to implement best-case scenarios to control productivity. With VR one no longer needs months of training and experience gaining to achieve such a feat.
Be Present in any Part of the World
Another speciality that VR holds in warehouse management is that many large organisations have distributed their design, production, warehousing, and distribution centers across the globe. Because of this, there is a huge possibility that the supervising manager may not be present on site but they still need to monitor every minor activity. VR when coupled with Augmented Reality (AR), supervisors can get a real-time look of the site at any particular time to ensure that process is smooth. This can really help in case of any bottleneck that needs to be resolved quickly.
Some key benefits of such solutions are:
- • Elimination of training through heavy machines
- • Reduces training cost and time
- • Participants learn by doing
- • Remote access to real-time operations on the site
- • VR training can occur at any time, regardless of the weather conditions
- • Risk free training process
- • Participants can be trained for extreme disastrous situations as well
- • Instructor – trainee based collaborative training sequences.