LAVAL, FR, June 17 , 2017 – EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry and education, and the Union des industries et métiers de la métallurgie (UIMM), the employers’ organization for the industrial companies of the metal sector, presented an innovative EON Virtual Trainer application at the Paris Air Show. Created on EON Reality’s EON-XR Platform, the application provides technical training on jet engine procedures to the trainees.

UIMM is the largest sub-federation of Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), the largest French union of employers. Over 15,000 French companies rely on training provided by UIMM for their industrial performance. Their network for technical and industrial training serves nearly 130,000 people every year, 42,000 young people in work-study programs, and 10,000 job seekers.

UIMM also supports member companies in their search for skills development and technical innovation. It is in this context that UIMM is exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality to improve the quality of training provided and how well their trainees retain information. They are piloting EON EON-XR Platform applications that tackle welding, manufacturing, and maintenance procedures, such as the Virtual Trainer and mobile applications which debuted at the Paris Air Show, integrated with their LMS system to improve their training.

The EON Virtual Trainer experience let the trainees explore the ignition and shutdown process for jet engines. A trainer would walk the trainee through the process and could communicate via VOIP allowing the training session to happen locally or remotely. The trainees monitored the jet engine’s RPM, fuel air mixture, and other key factors to make sure the engine was started and shutdown properly.

A visitor to UIMM’s booth is trying out the EON Virtual Trainer with the HTC Vive.

“The EON Virtual Trainer was developed to address today’s growing gap in the industrial workforce,” said Dan Lejerskar, Founder of EON Reality. “Manufacturing and Operations job openings are quickly outpacing the supply of qualified candidates and the amount of knowledge required fill these positions is rapidly increasing. EON Virtual Trainer applications and key industry partnerships will provide critical knowledge transfer that improves employability for workers and profitability for corporations. This is a critical mission for us and a key part of our EON Human 2.0 Initiative.”

While visitors waited for the EON Virtual Trainer experience, they were able to explore the different career possibilities available through UIMM training using an Augmented Reality application. An aircraft would rise out of the accompanying marker and, with point of interest markers, highlight the career opportunities that correspond to the different jobs in building and maintaining an aircraft.

An image from the UIMM AR application that shows the different jobs involved in building aircraft.

“In order to adapt our response to the skill needs of manufacturers and also to differentiate ourselves from other training players, we believe it is essential to use all the technologies available on the market for the benefit of professional training,” said Ulric Breheret, Training Network Manager for UIMM. “In this context, we are committed to a win-win partnership with EON Reality and this collaborative experience for the Paris Air Show is the launch.”

UIMM trains workers in several industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Utilities, Oil and Gas, and Manufacturing. The applications were exhibited from June 17 to 23rd.

About UIMM
UIMM is the employers’ organization for the industrial companies of the metal sector. They gather and represent 42 000 companies of all sizes, from a wide range of industry sectors: basic metal, mechanical industry, shipbuilding, aerospace, spatial industry, automotive and train industries, information & technology, electrical and optical products, nuclear industry and household equipments. With their network of 60 local associations, they take actions to create, in the social field, an environment which is favorable for the competitiveness of the industrial companies they represent.

UIMM is led by a President, Alexandre Saubot, together with a Director General, Hubert Mongon.
Their conviction : A strong economy needs a strong industry
This guides their actions to create the necessary conditions for the competitiveness of industrial companies. They work along four orientations :
· the development of competences to prepare the future
· the modernization of the labor market
· the reform of the financing of social protection
· the renovation of social dialogue

About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) based knowledge transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s success is tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality, since 1999, has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global app development network, with twenty-two locations worldwide, has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for knowledge transfer with over 7,000 applications. Over 36 million people worldwide have downloaded these applications. For further information, visit