DS Smith has started using virtual reality and 360° photography & video to aid its manufacturing training programme.
The new immersive learning solution, Uptale, has been piloted in DS Smith’s production facility in Nantes, France, to enable team members to understand technical processes and complex machine operations in a risk-free environment.
The intuitive training uses 360° photography and videos of the factory to allow team members to ‘experience’ interactions with the machines.
They learn to complete procedures such as changing the roll on a corrugator machine, without stepping foot onto the factory floor, and take part in technical quizzes.
Paul Clarke, operations director at DS Smith Packaging, said: “As a business we’re committed to ensuring all of our employees who work in factories across 34 different countries have the expertise and skills they need to understand our technical processes and complex machine operations. The cutting-edge virtual reality and 360° training solutions that we’ve trialled in France give our team members a flexible tool to continue to learn and develop valuable know-how throughout their careers.”