The International Society of Automation holds its Process Control and Safety Symposium at the Marriott Westchase, Houston, Texas, November 6 – 9, 2017. The Symposium has many speakers on such subjects as training, control strategies, and cyber security. Many exhibitors are present as well, including Neste Jacobs – a company that has launched a ground breaking operator training game.
Operator training is both fun and efficient when done through gamification. Finnish company Neste Jacobs has launched a new game called NAPCON Games Distiller for operator training in the process industry. NAPCON Games Distiller is the first of its kind in a completely new generation of training games.
“Although the main target is to train operators, the game is still very fun and engaging to play. Gamification is one of the best ways to enhance training in any field,” explains Mika Neffling, Sales Manager at NAPCON Games.
Designed to train operators in the distillation process, NAPCON Games Distiller is used in practically any branch of the process industry that includes distillation. Sophisticated scoring systems and instant feedback enables players to track their progress and learn at a faster pace when compared to traditional training methods.
The game is piloted with customers prior to launching and the results are very promising. All the respondents stated that the learning experience is fun and 75% affirmed reduced learning time.
The NAPCON Games Distiller can be used by operators on all levels, regardless of their stage in career and experience. “The game works just as well for beginners as for more experienced operators. It offers a safe way of learning in a digital, yet realistic, environment”, adds Mika Neffling.
In the future, Neste Jacobs plans to launch more training games for the refining and chemicals arena. Aside from the processing industry, the game can also be used by universities and other educational institutions.
Neste Jacobs has 30 years of experience in the processing business and over ten years of experience in creating innovative training games. Mika Neffling believes it is not a coincidence that a Finnish company is at the forefront of digital training in the process industry. He states, “In Finland we have an excellent track record of successful teaching methods, as well as a world class gaming industry. When these two are combined, the results are ground-breaking.”