Just like how UPS uses virtual reality to train their trainee drivers, Audi is also turning to the wearable technology but in their packing logistics arm. No longer does one require to go to a specialised location to undergo training when a full VR setup can fit into a suitcase. The program makes it fun for employees to learn the packing process for CKD Logistics (CKD = completely knocked down). The exercises are designed like a video game and the equipment is quick and easy to set up anywhere.
The VR program is targeted to make it fun for employees to learn the packing process for CKD Logistics (CKD = completely knocked down). The exercises are designed like a video game and the equipment is quick and easy to set up anywhere.
Using the VR goggles, employees will see a realistic and real life simulation of a typical work station of Hall L in the Ingolstadt Logistics Center. Using the controllers in each hands, they have to grasp and move virtual images of the work equipment such as containers or components into the cardboard boxes. The key is to help them get used to the necessary hand movements required for employees in the logistics packing plant.
Just like a video game, the VR training has various levels of difficulty. A trainer is also available to support employees at all times where they can use an associated app on their mobile tablet to follow the training process.
The new training program also overcomes language and distance barriers: various language versions can be run with little effort, so that Audi employees can now also train with Spanish or English instructions. This also functions across locations: an employee in Ingolstadt Logistics can work virtually in the Audi plant in San José Chiapa, Mexico, and vice versa. Programmers used existing 3D data from the plans for Audi plants for the realistic depictions of the various locations.
“The response of the employees to the virtual training is extremely positive,” said Project Head Mirko Göres from Brand Logistics Information Process Planning. “After a six-month pilot phase, two process training programs are now in permanent use in CKD Logistics. We are now working with the training center in Ingolstadt and the Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt Plant Logistics to develop three additional VR training programs on the topics of pick-by-light, pick-by-tablet and pick-by-voice.” In addition, the Audi locations of San José Chiapa and Brussels will be more involved in the project in the future.
Virtual reality is used by Audi in numerous areas of the company – from Sales and Technical Development to Production. For instance, the first Audi dealers are already offering the “Audi VR experience” during customer consulting in their dealerships. With this, prospective buyers can configure their virtual dream car and examine a lifelike replica down to the smallest detail.
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