GREENE, N.Y., July 9, 2019 — Plant Engineering magazine has named the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator a Product of the Year winner in the Productivity and Training category by Plant Engineering magazine. The award recognizes new products that are advancing innovation in the manufacturing industry, and the magazine chose winners across numerous categories.
The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is an advanced tool for lift truck operators that provides hands-on education to improve skills in a virtual environment without disrupting a warehouse’s day-to-day operations. Multiple awards have recognized the impact the Simulator has on supporting continued operator learning.
“With nearly 2.4 million manufacturing jobs unfilled by 2028, the skills gap is a challenge we take very seriously, and the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is one tool that our customers have found to be extremely useful in remedying it,” said Stacey Patch, business manager for the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, The Raymond Corporation. “The ability to learn and reinforce skills in a nontraditional way in this virtual environment has proven to be popular with operators.”
The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator uses a patent-pending sPort, or Simulation Port, that plugs into a Raymond® forklift, enabling participation in a simulated warehousing environment. The forklift can then be returned to operation when education is complete, eliminating the need to purchase separate equipment.
About The Raymond Corporation
For more than 95 years, The Raymond Corporation has built a reputation on innovation, quality and service. Raymond® manual and electric forklifts — with the industry’s first integrated intelligence — meet a variety of material handling needs and offer advanced end-to-end warehouse solutions that enable operations to run better and manage smarter. This philosophy helps ensure Raymond and its customers are always evolving, always running, always moving ahead — and always on. The portfolio of advanced offerings includes the iWAREHOUSE® fleet management and warehouse optimization system, featuring real-time location tracking; automated lift truck solutions for the warehouse of the future; and the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, a supplemental instructional tool that helps customers improve their operations and meet industry labor demands. Raymond also provides industry-leading customer support through a network of skilled technicians and its authorized Sales and Service Centers. Raymond’s work in energy savings, space utilization, ergonomics, manufacturing quality and fleet optimization — combined with best-in-class products and services — work together to increase efficiency and lower costs throughout material handling operations.