Honeywell Introduces A Cloud-based Simulation Tool For HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
Andrew Wheeler posted on February 16, 2018 |

Honeywell recently announced the launch of a cloud-based simulation tool that leverages a unique combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train industrial plant personnel due to a startling fact: Nearly 50 percent of industrial plant personnel are going to retire in five years. The cloud-based AR and VR simulation tool is a product of something called Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency, which was created to speed up training and the transfer of knowledge to new industrial workers.

Honeywell's New HoloLens solution leverages the cloud. (Image courtesy of Honeywell.)
Honeywell's new HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality training solution leverages the cloud to provide simulations of their C300 controller to help train new industrial employees. (Image courtesy of Honeywell.)

How It Works

Honeywell has collected a massive amount of data from different scenarios involving the C300 over the years, and this cloud-based simulation tool allows trainees to wear a Microsoft HoloLens or Windows Mixed Reality headset to experience various workplace situations, including cable failures, power supply failure and switchovers. The immersive training is used to test, teach and sharpen the budding skills of new personnel. 

This is the basic sequence of the experience for trainees and trainers:

  1. Use Honeywell Experion PKS R500 System and open the Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency software
  2. Open Control Builder
  3. Configure the Experion Station topology
  4. Trainee puts on HoloLens headset or Windows Mixed Reality headset
  5. Trainee selects one of the following training scenarios: Replacement of C300, Unscrew Module, Fuse Replacement, Power Supply Grounding, Network Cable Disconnect, C300 Redundancy Support
  6.  Trainee completes module

Hypothetically, from steps 5 to 6, if the trainee selects the first module, "Replacement of C300", the trainer will inject a hardware fault into the simulation, and the trainee will react to an alarm going off in the Experion Station. The trainee will have to identify the faulty C300 controller, dismount it from the IOTA adapter, mount a new C300 and power it on for the alarm to stop in the Experion Station.

The virtual environment for each specific job activity simulation accessed by trainers and trainees is hosted on a private and secure (as the cloud can be) cloud server. This novel tool also allows plant managers to compare the competency of their staff to the performance of their plant. 

According to Honeywell, this simulation tool shows up to a 100 percent improvement in outcomes versus traditional training methods and reduces the time it takes to train a new employee by up to 66 percent.

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