Foundry 45 is helping Delta Air Lines strategize on ways to keep maintenance workers safe in the “ingestion zone”—the dangerous environment underneath the airplane where people and equipment are moving around in close proximity to engines, Dave Beck, founder and managing partner said during a FABTECH conference panel talk on disruptive technology and the future of manufacturing.
It normally takes months to train a worker to operate in the “ingestion zone.” Delta’s goals include less downtime, quicker time to mastery and better knowledge retention. And it is using virtual reality (VR) experiences built by Foundry 45 to achieve those goals. “There’s a very quick ROI on VR training,” Beck said. “And it’s not just on the cost of actually working; it’s on the human capital side as well.”
Beck’s was one of a few case study vignettes offered up during the panel talk. Two others:
“We’re still talking,” Smith said. “We’re not talking thousands of parts. But we’re talking enough volume that it mattered to them.”
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