HOUSTON, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Virtual reality has emerged as one of the hottest trends. But what if the lure of virtual reality could be applied beyond video games? At Systran, our developers are tapping into the power of virtual reality and gaming technology, using it to create a new-age training platform that is changing the way operators learn to work safely in plants.
Systran's newest technology, the LOTO EXP Virtual Experience Trainer, is a PC-based platform that allows learners to practice the Lock-Out-Tag-Out protocol in a safe and controlled environment. Controlled with an Xbox game controller, the LOTO EXP Virtual Experience Trainer teaches personnel to safely isolate, drain and safely LOTO a control valve, a centrifugal pump, and a shell and tube heat exchanger in a realistic, virtual plant setting. Systran is able to customize the platform to match any given client's parameters, down to the plant layout and procedure.
Using the virtual experience trainer, trainees learn to follow the LOTO procedure and directly interact with the equipment and valves while coordinating with a console operator in the virtual world, and they are timed and graded for safety and adherence to the procedure. By combining the LOTO EXP trainer with a plant's safe work practices training, plant trainers are given the ability to teach the risks and hazards of LOTO in a safe, controlled environment.
For learners, LOTO EXP offers a unique approach to a traditional training topic. Instead of watching videos or sitting in a classroom lecture, learners go through the actual motions of LOTO in differing scenarios, helping them to not only learn but gain important experience before they go out to the work site.
The applications for this virtual reality training method are robust. Systran is already creating more virtual experience trainer platforms as part of an entire virtual reality experience training suite. LOTO EXP is drawing significant interest from industry for their safety and Basic Operator Training programs, and colleges are looking to license it for their Process Technology (PTEC) degree programs.
Houston-based Systran, Inc. provides operations and maintenance manuals, procedures and training materials to the energy and hydrocarbon processing industries. Systran's turnkey, fit-for-purpose training programs, training aids and technical documentation help to meet the operations and maintenance competency needs of industrial customers from North America to the Middle East to West Africa. Systran delivers products and services that build employee competency, reduce risk, improve productivity and reliability while never losing sight of the need to work safely. For more information, visit systraninc.com.
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