The new website for the Voith PaperSchool is now online. The site offers comprehensive training courses covering all aspects of the paper manufacturing process. In addition to a wide range of existing training courses, participants can also access personalized training content. Courses from PaperSchool impart knowledge using the latest methods, including computer-assisted training, virtual reality and hands-on training on the actual machines and equipment. This allows current employees and new trainees to achieve a sustained improvement in their skills and know-how.
Whether new employees are hired on for machine operation, maintenance or management, paper producers are constantly faced with the challenge of instructing and training them. Further development of existing employees is also a critical need. Training both are necessary to ensure safe and efficient plant operation across the entire paper manufacturing process. However, the resources and expertise needed to provide this kind of training are often lacking. As a full-line supplier with a broad range of services, Voith offers targeted training programs strengthened by the latest best-practice experience through its well-established PaperSchool, a component of its Servolution concept. In doing so, Voith can draw on its long-standing experience and expertise in this area; in fact, the long-established company conducted its first training for customers as far back as 1910.
Customer-specific and standardized training modules
The training courses are available at Voith Training Centers around the world, on site at a customer’s paper mill and online. Through the PaperSchool, participants can develop specialized knowledge under the guidance of Voith experts. The training is tailored to a trainee’s specific needs and can impart basic, intermediate and advanced knowledge.
The training courses cover various areas of paper production and stock preparation including maintenance, strategies and methodologies.
Effective training methods
Different training methods are used to impart paper industry knowledge and skills: classroom, hands-on, e-learning and virtual reality. In classroom training, an expert provides the trainees with general knowledge about paper production and answers questions. In the case of hands-on training, trainees learn certain tasks in a controlled classroom setting under instruction. The training also can be extended to include exposure to real-life conditions on the machines. The e-learning method, on the other hand, allows participants to learn according to their own timetable, regardless of location – and therefore is available 24/7.
Innovative virtual reality training
One new kind of learning opportunity comes through virtual reality training, an interactive training in a computer-generated environment. For training purposes, this cutting-edge technology makes it possible to create a virtual copy of an entire paper machine or simulate a hazardous production situation without actually endangering the trainee. In addition, virtual reality training can be used to allow trainees to learn and practice various assembly operations before having to perform maintenance on the actual machine.
Learning outcomes are ensured by means of continuous testing and repetition. Additionally, a support team is available 24/7 to answer any questions a trainee may have.
Further information and booking for available training courses can be found on the new website of the Voith PaperSchool: www.voith.com/paperschool. In the future, the trainings can also be easily scheduled via the Voith Paper Webshop.
Director, Corporate and Market Communications, North America