IoT’s impact on the manufacturing plant floor

IoT’s impact on the manufacturing plant floor

In his latest video, Simutech Multimedia CEO Samer Forzley discusses the topic he’ll be presenting at LiveWorx this June regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on the manufacturing plant floor.

 “We have a severe skills gap that we are facing right now,” says Forzley. “And the role of the maintenance professional is changing.”

With new technology and the advent of IoT, where more of the manufacturing plant is being connected in ways never seen before, more training will be necessary.

“What IoT promises is not only efficiencies,” says Forzley, “but of reduction in incidents.”

Less incidents and operational failures translates to less downtime and an increase in throughput for facilities. However, the flipside to that is when machinery does experience a malfunction the end result could be much more severe, as we’ve seen with the airline industry.

“The severity of incidents is increasing, so you need to have an expert troubleshooter who can quickly diagnosis what exactly is going on,” says Forzley.

But with IoT, a different set of tools are opening up to these professionals, and Simutech Multimedia is adding advanced automation training to its offerings.

To watch the video in its entirety, please click here.

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IoT’s impact on the manufacturing plant floor

Simutech Multimedia goes on the road this summer and fall!

For some of us, this winter has been rough. But here at Simutech Multimedia, we are looking ahead to really exciting events happening in the warmer months to come.

We are so proud to announce that our CEO Samer Forzley has been invited to speak at THREE conferences this summer!

The first will be happening in Boston at LiveWorx 2019 from June 10-13. This three-day conference is a meeting place for people who are interested in investing in the tools, strategies and disruptive technologies to optimize and transform their businesses. Attendees at the show vary from C-level executives to engineers to service leaders to make up a diverse audience.

Samer will be speaking on a panel entitled, “Driving Workforce Transformation with IIOT.” In particular, he will be addressing how manufacturers can better attract, retain and train workers in their plants using new tools and technology.

And then Samer will be in Montreal at the Serious Play Conference from July 10-12. The two-day leadership conference is a gathering place for both those who create serious games and simulations and those who implement game-based learning programs. According to the show, the speakers who attend are, “the most experience developers and designers in the industry, the top academic researchers and senior program heads from education, corporate, healthcare, government/military, museums and other areas.”

If you can’t make it to Montreal, then head south to Orlando, Florida to hear Samer present at another Serious Play Conference UCF from July 24-26. Hosted by the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy located on the campus of the University of Central Florida, Samer will be discussing using gamification and 3D to train the younger manufacturing workforce.

And if you are planning on going to Pack Expo 2019 in Las Vegas, we’ll see you there from September 23-25!

It’s going to be a busy summer and fall, but Simutech Multimedia is honored to be included in so many industry events.

 

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Calling all testers for Simutech Multimedia’s newest module—PLC Sensors!

Calling all testers for Simutech Multimedia’s newest module—PLC Sensors!

As you might’ve heard, we’ve been hard at work developing Simutech Multimedia’s newest module, and we are proud to announce that our beta version will be ready soon!  This new training tool will focus on industrial PLC analog inputs, PLCs and associated devices and teach personnel how to not only solve problems with these systems, but also how to configure them.

We’re pretty excited about our latest and greatest instructional simulation, but we want to know what your company thinks of it! Meet the New PLC Analog Inputs and Sensors Module! The new PLC Analog Inputs and Sensors module will be set in a greenhouse environment and is ideal for electrical, maintenance and manufacturing professionals who want to learn more about advanced automation elements in industrial environments. The beta release of the new module will teach participants how to anticipate results occurring from changing temperatures, humidity and light.

Other great features included in the PLC Analog Inputs and Sensors module are:

  • Improved user-interaction:  The redesigned environment is more immersive, which improves the learning experience. In this format, users will be able to walk around the environment, which is built on a 3D platform, and interact with the simulation quicker and easier.
  • Demonstrations and step-by-step guides:  Users will have access to materials and printable resources, including circuit diagrams, schematics and worksheets, to help develop new problem-solving techniques for finding and repairing faults.
  • Real-time data: Managers will have easy and secured access to up-to-date performance and progress data on the team’s training.
  • Hands-on experiences: Users will be able to take voltage, current and resistance readings to identify problems with sensors, transmitters, wiring and output components.
  • More gaming features: We’ve laid the foundation for future gaming features, such as leaderboards, peer competition, buttons, badges and motivators, which are proven to aid learning.

Interested in test driving this new way to train, but need more reasons? Watch a sneak peek video of the PLC Analog Inputs and Sensors Module! Sign up  here today to have your say as a beta tester! All participants will need to use the new module and provide feedback during the Spring 2019.

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FAQs for customers who haven’t yet moved to the new Simutech Training System

FAQs for customers who haven’t yet moved to the new Simutech Training System

As you’ve probably heard by now, Simutech Multimedia is retiring 5.0 and earlier versions of our modules. If you’re an enterprise customer, we don’t want you to be left high and dry without support, so we’re really, really urging you to move to the new Simutech Training System by March 31.

Why should I upgrade to the new Simutech Training System?

First off, the new Simutech Training System has a number of great advantages:

  • You get all SIX modules through ONE install. Single-click installs saves you time and hassle. Plus, with the new industrial sensors and VFD modules in 3D releasing in the next few months, this means an easier roll out for your IT department.
  • You’ll be able to access your data much EASIER. Now you’ll be able to install the modules and run them anywhere. Whether training at work or at home, your data will follow you, so you can pick up where you left off.
  • Updates are NO HASSLE, with automatic updates happening whenever we have a new release, be it a small patch or major product.
  • We will be offering more PERSONALIZED training management. You’ll be able to access all your important stats to keep track of your progress within specific timeframes and see how you stack up against your peers.
  • More GAMING! Part of the fun with training with Simutech Multimedia modules is the video game-like experience. We are laying the foundation for more game features with the Simutech Training System. Some of the future elements to come are leaderboards, peer competition, buttons, badges and motivator—making training more effective and fun with the new Simutech Training System.

How do I access the Simutech Training System?

Accessing and installing the Simutech Training System is easy! Here’s how you do it:

  • Log into https://cloud.troubleshootingskills.com
  • Sign in with your UserID and Password
  • Select the “My Modules” menu item on the left
  • Locate the “Simutech Training System” section, and click the “Download” button to begin.

By downloading the Simutech Training System, all the modules you are licensed to used will automatically download. We recommend you uninstall any previous versions of the modules you have on your desktop, but it’s not required.

Is there a cost?

No, if you are on our latest version, it’s part of the service.

Do I need IT to install it?

To install initially, you should consult IT since you will require admin rights on your device

What happens if I don’t move over to the new system?

After March 31st:

  • You can continue to use the enterprise software, BUT there won’t be any new updates or bug fixes
  • You won’t be able to access any new modules (including the new 3D modules!) and will not be able to make any modifications or additions to modules
  • If you use the renewable Course Manager, you must move to the new Simutech Training System on or before the expiry date.

What does it mean that I won’t be able to renew the Course Manager?

  • Essentially, the Course Manager will freeze
  • Enterprise customers will continue to have access to old training data
  • No new training data will be created
  • All control over licenses will be lost.

What if I have more questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Toll-Free: 1-866-942-9082

Email: info@simutechmultimedia.com

And if you want us to contact you with more information, please leave your information here.

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FAQs for customers who haven’t yet moved to the new Simutech Training System

FAQ for Enterprise Customers

Important product announcement for enterprise customers

Simutech Multimedia began moving to a new platform last year in order to provide customers with an improved user experience and set the stage for other exciting upgrades, such as new 3D modules, including PLC Analog Inputs and Sensors (releasing Spring 2019) and VFD’s (releasing Mid 2019).

We have been encouraging our enterprise customers to move to the new platform by March 31st, 2019 in order to receive all the great benefits, such as easier access to our products and more gamification tools.

However, if you are an enterprise customer, you might be wondering what happens if you don’t move to the new Simutech Training System.

What happens if I don’t move over to the new system?

After March 31st:

  • You can continue to use the enterprise software, BUT there won’t be any new updates or bug fixes
  • You won’t be able to access any new modules (including the new 3D modules!) and will not be able to make any modifications or additions to modules
  • If you use the renewable Course Manager, you must move to the new Simutech Training System on or before the expiry date.

What does it mean that I won’t be able to renew the Course Manager?

  • Essentially, the Course Manager will freeze
  • Enterprise customers will continue to have access to old training data
  • No new training data will be created
  • All control over licenses will be lost.

What if I have more questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Toll-Free: 1-866-942-9082

Email: info@simutechmultimedia.com

And if you want us to contact you with more information, please leave your information here.

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New details of upcoming 3D PLC Sensors module

New details of upcoming 3D PLC Sensors module

At the end of last year, we announced Simutech Multimedia would be introducing new modules in 3D for 2019.  The instructional simulations in 3D will provide immersive experience for electrical, maintenance and manufacturing professionals wanting to learn more about advanced automation elements in industrial environments.

The first module to be released in 3D will focus on industrial PLC analog inputs, PLCs and associated devices and teach personnel how to not only solve problems with these systems, but also how to configure them. The new Analog Inputs and Sensors 3D module will be set in a greenhouse environment.

“The module is all about sensors. And a greenhouse is an environment where we are going to be sensing a lot of different things in a contained environment,” says Warren Rhude, CPO of Simutech Multimedia. “So the greenhouse setting allows us to introduce a number of different types of sensors into the module.”

The new 3D module will teach participants how to anticipate results occurring from changing temperatures, humidity and light. The 3D element will allow trainees to look around and notice the environment, such as if there is water on the floor, and how the conditions affect operations. This feature will provide observational stimulation important for the development of critical-thinking skills of maintenance staff.

“In the 3D environment, we have more tools to improve the user experience. So, users can start interacting with the simulation much more quickly and easily,” he says. “We’re redesigning our 3D modules to be more immersive, and the more immersive you make something, the better the learning.”

Other activities in the new Analog Inputs and Sensors 3D module will include the hands-on ability to take voltage, current and resistance readings to identify problems with sensors, transmitters, wiring and output components. Also, trainees will be able to monitor analog sensor values in real time via PLC ladder diagrams and software.

Some of the added benefits embedded in the new 3D module will be demonstrations and step-by-step guides designed to help users apply new problem-solving techniques to find and repair faults. Measurable continuous performance data will be made available as well as printable resources including circuit diagrams, schematics and worksheets.

The new Analog Inputs and Sensors 3D module will be available this spring. Simutech Multimedia will also be looking for testers of this new module and will be announcing a call for testers as early as next month.

“For beta testers, it’s an opportunity to experience a pretty cool training system and also to have input into how the module turns out,” says Rhude. “But we will be looking for documentation on what their experience was like, so we do expect serious input.”

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