Raymond virtual reality trainer wins at Modex

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
The Raymond team accepts the award at Industry Night. From left to right: Michael Field, CEO; David Norton, vice-president, corporate quality and customer care; Erica Moyer, product manager, pallet trucks and stackers; Stacey Patch, business manager; Fernando Goncalves, manager of advanced research and development services; and, George Prest, CEO of MHI.

ATLANTA – The Raymond Corporation’s Virtual Reality Simulator has won the 2018 MHI Innovation Award for Best New Innovation.

The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is a next-generation tool for lift truck operator training. It provides advanced, hands-on instruction designed to improve operator skills, build confidence, help retain employees and keep them learning.

The simulator allows trainees, or experienced drivers needing a refresher, to see and feel what it’s like to operate a forktruck in a warehouse, while staying in a completely safe environment. Its virtual reality is extremely realistic, and makes the learning process intuitive and fun, as MM&D staff learned by trying it out at the Modex 2018 show.

The MHI Innovation Award serves to educate and provide insights on the latest manufacturing and supply chain products and services. For this year’s award, five judges, composed of material handling and supply chain industry professionals, voted on more than 100 product submissions and four finalists were chosen in each category — best new innovation, best innovation of an existing product and best IT innovation — based on concept, value and impact.

The MHI Innovation Award winners were announced on Wednesday, April 11, at Modex 2018.

The simulator allows the instructor to keep an eye on the action, as well as having access to real-time performance reports.

“To attract new talent to the industry and rapidly reach high proficiency levels, the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator ensures lift truck operators are coached quickly and confidently — all before reaching the warehouse floor,” said Michael Field, CEO, Raymond.

“Innovations like this exemplify our commitment to keeping customers running better and managing smarter and planning for our future customer needs while increasing a business’ productivity and efficiency.”

The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is the first of a kind to allow an operator to enter a simulated warehousing environment using an existing Raymond forklift by plugging into the company’s patent-pending sPort, or Simulation Port.

After the vehicle is no longer needed for instruction, the sPort can be disconnected, and the forklift can be placed back into operation in the warehouse. Leveraging existing Raymond assets in a warehouse or distribution centre’s fleet eliminates the need to purchase or store purpose-built training trucks.