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CASESTUDY

RAYMOND

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The future of vocational training :
A forklift simulator for the 21st century
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Challenge

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The market for trained forklift dirvers is tough. Turnover is high and accidents from insufficiently trained drivers can be deadly. Efficient training is a must have. Raymond came to FreeRange XR looking to harness the power of Virtual Reality to build a simulator that would help save them time, save them money, and keep their employees safer.

Just so happens, our forklift simulator was a ton of fun to learn on.
 
 
 
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Approach 

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  • Created a proof of concept prototype to show the efficacy of VR and prove value to the client

  • Crafted a custom lesson plan and VR interface that could train a novice operator to the point of mastery

  • From one lesson on one forklift model, we expanded the product to cover Raymond’s full product line across 12 different models as a tiered offering within an iterative process

 
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 Solution

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  • Created a fully comprehensive training simulator with custom hardware that incorporates actual controls from Raymond Forklifts

  • Integrated with HTC Vive and Leap Motion hardware for full spatial and hand tracking, adding to immersion and accessibility

  • The initial program currently includes simulations for six (6) different models, presenting five (5) individual courses and incorporating 60+ lessons

 
 
 
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“In my 30 years of training I’ve never had an employee ask to do it again. Until Now.”

HSE Manager

 
 
 
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Benefit & Outcomes

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The project won Raymond the MHI Innovation Award for 2018.

Raymond is now selling this forklift simulator as a stand-alone product.

Raymond is now looking into AR for their maintenance applications. XR has become a clear value for their bottom line.

The training is so fun that people want to repeat it. Virtually unheard of in the training industry.

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