Tradiebot Develops VR Spray Painting Simulator

Tradiebot has announced a virtual reality (VR) spray painting training simulator called SprayVIS, developed and manufactured in Australia. The software, developed over 18 months, is aimed at next generation tradespeople to hone their skills without needing to be on-site.

SprayVIS was made with video games, portable computing and VR in mind to appeal to the younger generation to promote trades while stimulating their interests. Users are placed in realistic virtual environments and exposed to simulated training scenarios, while receiving real-time feedback and ongoing progress tracking. Tradiebot says that its software is one of the most technologically advanced, cost-effective and compact systems on the market in the spray painting industry, providing a new perspective in delivering training using immersive virtual environments. The company added that SprayVIS also delivers sponsorship opportunities for businesses in the industry to promote spray painting as a career choice for the next generation.

The simulator is housed in a compact travel case and comes with a specialised spray gun controller, which replicates the feel, weight and ergonomics of a real spray gun. It also uses an industry standard air hose and is fitted with adjustable weights which simulate the mass of virtual paint.

“What an exciting training tool SprayVIS is, providing a new perspective on how early training can be delivered to the next generation of spray painters and enable us to stimulate interest in the spray painting field like never before,” said Dr Kristan Marlow, Tradiebot Director of Engineering and Operational Technology. “The SprayVIS system is the most competitive VR training solution on the market, priced at US$10,000. It is an all-in-one early training solution for the spray painting industry.

“SprayVIS has been a huge success with the students during our testing periods at career events and industry expos, with participant lines reaching up to 30 kids, waiting to try their hand at the skill of spray painting. Previously, this would not have been possible – those who wanted to try spray painting as a trade would have been required to visit a designated site that had a spray booth, utilise protective gear, have a trainer on-site and use real paint in order to experience the skill and determine if it is the career path for them. This would be an expensive and time-consuming exercise with limited reach and exposure. With SprayVIS, any location can become a virtual training centre. A win-win for all.”

Tradiebot Joins Government Skills Conference In Vietnam

Tradiebot will take part in a joint Australian and Vietnam government skills conference held in Vietnam later this month. Tradiebot will be one of a handful of companies from across the world who will take part in planning sessions on skills and training.

The programme, organised by the Australian Government, AusCham Vietnam, Austrade and WorldSkills Australia, is designed to tackle the need for new programmes and technologies used in early training and skill development of the current workforce.

The event will be hosted across two cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, featuring government representatives, education providers and an array of workshops, conferences, expert panels and demonstrations of new technologies in areas such as virtual reality (VR) platforms, where Tradiebot will showcase its SprayVIS product.

Tradiebot says that SprayVIS is the most technologically advanced, cost effective and compact virtual reality spray painting simulator on the market and provides a new perspective in developing training using virtual environments. The solution comes with three user modes – Expo, Training as the main feature, and Leaner which is a light version of the software offered to schools as a platform to provide a direct connection to industry and stimulate interest in trades.

Tradiebot is in the final stages of packaging its ReadyTradeGO programme, which the company thinks could reach every school and home of students that have an interest in a career path such as spray painting or vehicle repair. The company also feels it could be used with new smart devices such as VR headsets.

Tradiebot said its CEO, Mario Dimovski, will also be presenting and taking part in talks with officials from both governments and training providers about the need to introduce new digital solutions for training and information delivery to the vehicle industry, and how to better connect with the future workforce via the education network.

“We look forward to contributing in this programme with the Australian and Vietnam governments and the delegates from the training and education sectors,” said Dimovski. “Our software solutions offer a new perspective in generating interest for the younger generation using these new digital tools that they can relate to, be it either via a mobile phone, smart tablet or a VR gaming headset. These are everyday devices that the younger generation are now growing up around.

“We aim to promote trades as a pathway to a secure and prospective career choice as the need to repair vehicles increases, though the flow of new apprentices is at a record low around the world. With technology in cars and repair methods becoming more complex, it is just as crucial to ensure that the technicians of today are equipped with the knowledge and understanding on how to carry out safer repairs and continually be upskilled on the ever-changing repair industry.”

Axalta Opens Its Largest Refinish Training Centre In India

Axalta has opened its largest and most advanced refinish training centre, spread over 20,000 square feet (nearly 2,000 square metres) in India. The state-of-the-art training facility was inaugurated by Sobers Sethi, President, Emerging Markets, Axalta. The company now has four dedicated training facilities in India.

“The opening of this new training facility demonstrates the confidence we have in the opportunities for growth in India,” said Sethi. “The coatings industry, especially waterborne coatings, in India has been growing at a rapid pace. The new refinish training facility will provide our customers with the most advanced painting techniques to help them be more efficient, productive, and profitable. And, we are helping our customers drive these improvements while being mindful of the environment with sustainable techniques and products. Our customers’ success is our success and we are proud to be the refinish leader in India and around the world.”

Axalta says it expects to train approximately 1000 technicians at the new training centre this year. Customers will use the company’s latest coating technologies, as well as industry-leading training techniques and advanced digital tools. Axalta says it will also demonstrate the most advanced spraying application systems that use less energy and reduce waste, have fast-drying finishes, and use superior colour matching technologies. Through this centre, the company says customers in India can stay on the cutting-edge of coating technologies and techniques that are designed to deliver benefits to their businesses immediately and for the long-term.

The training centre is also equipped with an advanced virtual reality (VR) training room, digital colour matching tool, and an online training facility for customers that cannot be physically present at the centre. Axalta says the VR training duplicates the paint spraying activity and experience, and enables customers to gain the benefits of the training without actually using the paint material.