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The global Operator Training Simulator market size was valued at USD 6,011.5 million in 2018 and is likely to register a CAGR of 11.6% from 2019 to 2025. The rising demand for competent process operators, coupled with corporate initiatives for workplace safety for employees often in hazardous sectors and occupations, such as construction, agriculture, and mining, is contributing to the growth of the Operator Training Simulator market. Moreover, a large share of baby boomers currently employed are getting closer to retirement and will need to be replaced by fitting, skilled resources. The consecutive rise in the need to train new workers for appropriate skills is expected to encourage the uptake of operator training simulator solution in the near future.
Moreover, advanced technologies such as virtual reality and cloud hosting are leading to the development of OTS solutions with enhanced effectiveness. The growing emphasis on providing virtual simulation training with environmental conditions similar to those of the actual plant or the cabin of an operator is driving the demand for such OTS solutions. Moreover, the growing need for effective, time-saving training systems at reasonable costs is likely to augment the demand for OTS solutions with improved effectiveness.
An OTS provides a platform for the simulation of complex or rarely-occurring situations where operators can train well before handling them in real-life scenarios without putting a workplace or other personnel at risk. Workplaces such as oil refineries involve the movement of heavy machinery deployed for various tasks and a variety of tasks that can be physically dangerous to handle. Moreover, improper training related to safety procedures for maintenance tasks, instrumentation, or process and automation equipment may lead to industrial accidents. For scenarios like these, OTS solutions prove to be the best choice for providing the required training needed to conduct operations efficiently.
Manufacturing organizations across the world are training their employees using innovative OTS solutions to ensure maximum safety of assets and improved output from a range of operations. OTS solutions are also being employed for operator training for new skills necessary to keep up with changes in the workplace. This is especially true for the process and manufacturing industries where the increased inclination toward automation is leading to massive infrastructural changes. As these industries spend increased funds on operator training activities, the demand for OTS platforms is also likely to significantly increase.
The software segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2018 and is likely to retain its dominance over the forecast period as well. This can be attributed to the rising demand for innovative operator training simulator solutions with improved features and the high cost of OTS software. Of the key types of OTS software solutions, the segment of process simulation software is likely to witness the highest demand over the forecast period.
The hardware segment is expected to witness a steady growth in the upcoming years owing to the need for advanced systems to deploy and operate advanced software for a simulator for operator training. The combination of operator training simulator hardware with software is widely sought across several industries and companies are investing in high-fidelity training software to leverage the quality of their training programs. For instance, a mimic control panel offers trainees a realistic representation of a power system control room environment for effective training and developing decision-making skills of trainees, thus making it an essential part of several OTS solutions. These factors are expected to continue to drive the demand for advanced OTS hardware.
Operator training simulator solutions for the field operator segment are likely to witness a steady rise in demand over the forecast period due to growing employment opportunities in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Besides, the increased focus on operator competency to ensure safe, consistent, and profit-driven process operations across several industries is likely to drive the demand for operator training simulator solutions for field operators. Field challenges such as extreme weather, irregular terrain, and high turnaround time necessitate that field operators are efficiently trained to face these situations physically as well as mentally.
The aerospace & defense segment held a significant share in the operator training simulator market 2018 as OTS platforms offer a robust environment for training employees to face a variety of real-time conditions. Furthermore, the rising adoption of cloud platforms by aerospace vendors for training simulator solutions enables high efficiency, seamless collaboration, secured user access control, streamlined IT overheads, and flexibility in usage and pricing. As the aerospace sector witnesses a notable expansion of its industrial and commercial landscape, the demand for a skilled workforce is likely to rise as well.
The energy & power sector also accounted for a notable share in the market for operator training simulator in 2018. The demand for OTS platforms in the sector is likely to witness steady growth over the forecast period as well. This can be attributed to the rise in the number of government initiatives globally aimed at improving the workplace safety of employees in industries facing hazardous environments and scenarios.
The North American regional OTS market accounted for a dominant share in the operator training simulator market in 2018. This can be attributed to the rise in the adoption of automation, innovations, and technological advancements in the industrial domain in the region. Moreover, the use of effective training programs to train employees on the latest technologies is likely to contribute to increased demand for effective OTS solutions in the near future in the region. The rising awareness about workplace safety and the need for teaching new skills to current employees are some of the major trends instrumental in driving the growth of the regional operator training simulator market.
The Asia Pacific regional market for operator training simulator is anticipated to gain significant traction over the forecast period owing to the extensive use of OTS software in the thriving manufacturing and process industries and the rising adoption of automation across several industries. The steady expansion of the aviation industry and the rising adoption of aircraft simulator solutions are also positively influencing the growth of the regional market. The presence of several leading players and strategic mergers and acquisitions are also working well for the regional market.
Key players operating in the OTS market include Siemens, Honeywell International Inc., ABB, AVEVA Group plc, Andritz, Aspen Technology, Inc., Mynah Technologies LLC, and CORYS. These companies are targeting their existing customer base to promote the adoption of operator training simulator solutions. Owing to the high growth potential of the OTS market, several players have started providing services for operator training simulator solutions to capitalize on market opportunities.
The ANDRITZ dynamic simulation tool, IDEAS, works much the same way as a flight simulator, providing operators with realistic, hands-on training modules. The IDEAS Instructor module allows training to take place in complete safety, without risk to employees, the plant, or the environment.
IDEAS is the leading dynamic simulator for the global kraft pulp industry, oil sands operations in the Canadian north, potash operations, and for hard rock mining. It helps with process design, control logic verification, and operator training.
ANDRITZ AUTOMATION offers a range of customized solutions for industrial training, including web-based training and process simulators using IDEAS, in the language and culture of a customer's personnel.
Abstract:Operator training simulators (OTS) are software tools for training process operators in large-scale industrial applications. Here, we describe the development, implementation and training of an OTS for a large-scale industrial plant for bioethanol production. The design of the OTS is based on conceptual analysis (previously reported by us in this journal) of various configuration alternatives and training procedures at the plant. In this article, we report on how the conceptual design is used in simulation models and graphical user interfaces and how the design is applied for training of operators in the real plant environment. The results imply that OTS would be time- and cost-efficient tools for application in the biotechnological industry.Keywords: OTS; bio-refinery; bioprocess industry; operator training
Simtronics is a world leader in the development of innovative Operator Training Simulators (OTS) for the Process Industries and the Educational Institutions which support them. With a passion for innovation, our company was established in 1992 to bring extensive simulation and training experience together with technology for a modern, effective simulator system.
Abstract:Research in the training simulation sector to improve the realism and immersive experience of operator training simulators (OTSs) entails combining cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Although most of the existing studies has been about troubleshooting training, research into the response to chemical accidents through mutual cooperation between the participants has been insufficient. Therefore, we developed an immersive OTS that can facilitate mutual cooperation. Training processes to educate trainees in general chemical facilities were selected, while changes that can occur in facilities during an accident and the corresponding responses in various scenarios were used as the training content. A communication system that relays information between the worksite and the control room was implemented using a distributed control system (DCS) and AR technology. We installed a pilot plant and developed a DCS, thereby establishing an infrastructure that allows the boardman and field operator to cooperate during accident scenarios. Furthermore, we developed an OTS that allowed trainees to learn prompt and accurate responses to chemical accidents through operation of the actual equipment. The training effect of the OTS was found to be approximately 4.5 times better than traditional training methods. It is, therefore, anticipated that the developed OTS will minimize losses or damage caused by chemical accidents.Keywords: operator training simulator (OTS); mutual cooperation system; chemical accident response; process safety; digital platform 2b1af7f3a8