Transitioning in field training to a safer, more efficient, and less expensive virtual environment has been proven
Newport Beach, California.And the September 20 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Saritasa Technology Solutions, a software partner that provides innovative products and solutions to customers, has developed a new virtual reality (VR) training system for Loadstar, a logistics and product processing company. The system provides a safe, interactive training environment that is faster, more efficient and more secure than previous training programs.
Loadstar is the first logistics and product processing company to deploy virtual reality for employee training. In an industry focused on on-the-job training and retaining workers in the field, Loadstar has adopted a different strategy. They put safety and education at the forefront by offering on-site experience to VR trainees.
Saritasa has developed a comprehensive inspection and loading application for general purpose railcars. Trainees can practice completing all required steps for the standard examination without having to travel on site or work with trainers. Using virtual reality, trainees get hands-on interaction, including visual quizzes and realistic animations. Virtual reality provides a more realistic experience and shortens the training process from weeks to days.
“We believe that the safety and well-being of our employees in general begins with training,” he said Stephen WilliamsOperational Franchise Manager. “Traditionally our industry has relied on classroom sessions and manual field training. Some employees have described it as ‘death by powerpoint,’ and they are not wrong. Loadstar is always looking forward, and we wanted to offer our cutting edge technology training program to create the safest environment possible. Working with Saritasa, we designed a state-of-the-art training program that is more cost-effective and effective.”
Prior to adopting VR for railroad inspection and loading training, Loadstar used extensive classroom training with lectures, presentations and study materials. Once classroom training was completed, new employees needed to apply the material they had just learned to real-world field operations. This process could take several weeks as the training was entirely dependent on the number and type of railcars that came to the site on a given day. Now, they are able to join and qualify operators in a fraction of the time.
The use of virtual reality not only speeds up hands-on training, but also standardizes training procedures. On-site, the quality of training can vary due to any number of factors; Duty manager, quantity or type of rail cars on site, and environmental hazards. Virtual reality training eliminates any disparity and provides a solid foundation for every employee. It simulates field training to provide a pre-site training experience, reducing the time and cost of on-site training.
“Developing a virtual training program for Loadstar,” he said, “is the ideal project for creative and skilled Saritasa technologists.” Aaron FrancoVice President of Immersive Technology at Saritasa. “There are many steps in the railroad inspection training, including scanning around, under and over different types of rail cars. Our 3D design team was able to simulate a realistic environment while improving the performance of the headphones, and we are very pleased with the result.”
Loadstar provides product handling services for refineries, chemical plants, barge lines, terminals, distribution sites, and loading and unloading of goods of all grades to railcars, trucks, barges and ships. Loadstar operates docks, tank farms, terminals, warehouses and manage marine, rail, truck and pipeline logistics. The head office of the company is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Based in Newport Beach, CaliforniaSaritasa aims to empower global brands with innovative and customized solutions that fit their needs and support an ever-evolving technology ecosystem. Saritasa specializes in custom software development, mobile development, augmented reality, virtual reality development, IoT solutions, web, database development, and DevOps. Established in 2005, the Saritasa team has over 140 employees and has delivered thousands of successful software, hardware, and mobile application projects to a range of clients across multiple domains. To learn more about the company, visit www.saritasa.com.
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