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Extended Reality Tools Enhance Training

Training becomes increasingly critical as companies deal with the retirement of more and more knowledgeable, experienced staff. New technologies can help field service engineers become productive quickly while they are learning. Roy Gentry, national training manager at Mazak Corporation, offered some examples in a presentation at the 2020 VMA Virtual Valve Forum. New technologies, especially mixed reality, can train and assist folks in the field as if experts were right there with them.

Innovation Across Many Industries

The digitalization revolution was brought about by the creation of technologies that integrate data gathered during physical processes. Those technologies can include Big Data, analytics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, wireless technology, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and drones, and virtual and augmented reality (see sidebox for explanations on where some of those technologies fit together). Different industries and industry segments deploy these technologies in different ways. The constantly evolving world of Industry 4.0 is difficult to track, but here are some examples of the possibilities for different end users of valves and related equipment:

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