Emerson’s new virtual reality simulator “accelerates workforce upskilling to improve operator response time while reducing risk”, it said in a statement. 

Mimic™ Field 3D is an immersive training experience designed to help new and incoming workers gain a deep understanding of how changes in the field impact industrial plant processes. 

The virtual reality-based (VR) solution gives personnel simulated hands-on experience to prepare for any plant event, helping workers make better decisions regarding operating changes and practice proper procedures before entering potentially hazardous plant areas.

Emerson said: “This advanced technology enhances training by offering a hands-on experience, which ultimately improves the safety of workers. …There’s a clear need for organisations to seek innovative technology solutions to address this talent shortage quickly through innovative augmented reality and VR solutions like Mimic Field 3D. In fact, a recent survey found that 66 per cent of companies plan to adopt these technologies by 2022.”

It said field operators typically train on physical equipment, which adds risks and costs, particularly during some of the plant’s most critical phases—start-ups, shutdowns, turnarounds and outages. As a result, many organisations are seeking technology solutions to rapidly upskill new workers for high performance in the shortest amount of time.

Jim Nyquist, Group President of Systems and Solutions at Emerson, said: “Emerson’s digital twin portfolio is changing how we prepare the future workforce. Our industry will become increasingly reliant on VR tools like these to address the growing skills gap and improve training effectiveness,” 

For more information visit emerson.com

10th February 2020