Jeremiah Treloar, Chief Executive of Virtual Paint Products, says the new system is suited to all level of training requirements: “The training is not only useful for onboarding new apprentices, but it is also great for teaching advanced skills to more experienced operators. They can practice spraying more challenging parts with rivets, awkward corners, and curves, and in a moving production line. It effectively enables the painter to ‘walk’ the part before spraying wet material on it, and in doing so, it helps reduce the likelihood of defects. It also helps experienced painters to teach new painters techniques on difficult parts or assemblies.
“If an apprentice or experienced trainee is struggling to understand how to improve their technique, the coach can replay a video of the session and talk them through it. Additional training tools and videos incorporated into the system also improve the training quality and, ultimately, the quality of the workforce. Trainees using the system are fully certified to aircraft industry standards.”
Matthew Amick, Global Technical Services Manager at AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings says the integration of VR into its training regime is an exciting development: “It reflects the organization’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and partnerships,” he says, “supporting our customers with meaningful, practical help.
“Typically, when a customer asks for training, we have to provide significant quantities of paint, much of which is wasted. By effectively moving the spray booth into the classroom, we completely eliminate waste, reduce costs and unnecessary shipping, and prevent Volatile Organic Compounds from being released. There are also no costs associated with cleaning the spray guns, or the additional VOCs releases from the solvents required, or in providing the panels needed for wet paint training. It’s a ‘win win’ for all involved.”
AkzoNobel will be exhibiting on stand 3557 and inviting customers to test the technology for themselves.