This year’s 122nd Annual IAOM Conference and Expo saw milling professionals from all over world gather in Atlanta, Georgia. Competitors displayed the latest and greatest milling technologies for 2018 year. OCRIM featured its revolutionary Virtual Reality (VR) training kit. To give our readers a better understanding, this unique training device features a VR headset with the aid of a controller, two sensors and a computer to manage the program. Participants would then place the headset on and take hold of the controller. As soon as the program starts, you are immediately immersed into a showroom setting with an OCRIM RMX Roller Mill thrown in front of you. Once adjusted to your virtual surroundings, participants can then interact with a variety of components and switches on the machine via the controller. Many at the show found the visual interaction the most intriguing aspect.
“It tricks your mind into thinking you’re actually working with a real-life machine” said Pat Hicks with Ardent Mills. Millers who gave the VR training a run for its money were speechless. Many appreciated the ability to walk into an operating machine and examine all 3-dimensional intricacies without getting injured. We found this to be extremely amusing and for lack of better words, the millers were hooked!
As a basis to why the kit was brought to fruition is simple. Millers run into the issue of finding the time and money to train their staff members on their equipment. To prevent this headache, OCRIM dedicated a team to design a satellite training program. As a result, virtual reality training was created. In real time, a trainee can set up the VR kit and connect to an OCRIM machine specialist from anywhere in the world, as long as that persons has a wall socket and internet connection.
For a simple demonstration of the program’s training capabilities, OCRIM’s goal was to display its ease and functionality for millers. Matteo Codella, head of OCRIM’s programming department, considers the VR training program as the “future of not only the milling industry, but for multiple industries alike as it continues to grow in popularity”. He went onto to add that OCRIM intends to expand on its wide range of machines for the VR program, as the kit is still in its development stages.
This new technology certainly shook this year’s show floor as a game changer. As a result, we are very proud to say that OCRIM took home the 2018 IAOM Product Showcase Best in Show Award! We would like to thank those who voted for us and the IAOM for hosting such a wonderful show this year. We look forward to introducing our next line of innovations at next year’s 123rd IAOM Conference & Expo. in Denver, Colorado, USA. We can’t wait to see you there in 2019!