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challenges that require adaptive thinking and application, is the perfect training tool for this new digital age. According to the Worldwide Semi- annual Augmented and Virtual Real- ity Spending Guide from International Data Corporation, worldwide revenues for the augmented reality (AR) and VR market are fore- cast to increase by 100 percent or more over each of the next four years. To- tal spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to soar from $11.4 billion in 2017 to nearly $215 billion in 2021. The project- ed increase in spending fore - casts companies' willingness to pro- vide employees with these virtual mo- dalities for learning new skills. Virtual reality is going to be ubiq- uitous in industrial training, and the result will more efficient, engaging, and safer training. However, wide adoption of immersive technology requires collaboration among indus - trial companies, and VR technology providers must make sure the tech - nology meets the training and safety needs of each industry. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peter Richmond (peter.richmond@ schneider-electric.com) is a product manager with 20 years of experience in the chemical and oil and gas industries. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering with French from the Uni- versity of Manchester Institute for Sci- ence and Technology. After five years as a process engineer in separation and mass transfer, he joined the simulation sciences business of Invensys (now part of Schneider Electric). His focus is bring- ing the latest in immersive training tech- nologies to the market to help custom- ers achieve operational excellence and improved asset safety. View the online version at www.isa.org/intech/20171004. SYSTEM INTEGRATION 24 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG Trainees virtually experience and deal with emergency situations in a safe environment. © 2017, Festo Corporation. All rights reserved. PLEXUS ® and The Product Realization Company TM are trademarks of Plexus Corp. and Plexus Corp. owns such trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos. Plexus is The Product Realization Company ™ - transforming customer concepts into products. For Kyle, the process starts and ends with collaboration. That's why when he needs a control or automation solution, he trusts Festo to provide the best advice. And the best products. Solutions through teamwork. That's what moves Kyle. What moves you? For Kyle, automation is a team sport. Festo helps him make customer dreams a reality. Kyle Huebner Manager of Manufacturing Automation Plexus Access Our Latest Best Practices Report. Visit festo.us/OEE

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