Volkswagen Group India has donated a new modern wielding simulator named Soldamatic to Pimpri-Chinchwad ITI, Pune to strengthen their training infrastructure in upskilling of students. The auto maker has also committed to invest two crore rupees to the training institution over the next five years in a phased wise manner out of which Rs 80 lakhs have already been spent towards teaching aids, faculty & staff development, infrastructure development and training of students. The initiative will improve the employability of the students graduating from ITI and who are willing to work in manufacturing sector, stated the company.
Soldamatic is a turnkey welding simulator. Through a welding helmet equipped with sensors and displays, Soldamatic reads QR codes on PVC work pieces and torches. The application overlays 3D imagery to show the trainee the simulated environment and welds reacting to the actions of the user. The simulation is mirrored to a display so that instructors can follow the student's progress.
Soldamatic provides instructional content and classroom management and testing tools. It can engage students with a game-like interface, use as an effective assessment tool, and limit classroom management issues. The manual dexterity guides help students acquire muscle memory and manual dexterity. Further investments will come in the form of dedicated webinar rooms, E-learning modules, installation of high speed internet, landscaping & beautification of the campus and an improvement on amenities like library, canteen facility etc. Course curriculum and training infrastructure will also be revised and updated basis technology changes in the automobile market.
Gurpratap Boparai, Head of Volkswagen Group India, said the simulator will allow trainees to learn in a safer environment than a live project site. Students can gain muscle memory and learn from welding technique mistakes before using any costly welding material, he added.
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