Plastfix has officially launched its exciting new digital training and research studio in Adelaide, which has accelerated the company’s ability to deliver online training in plastic restorations to their offsite and field-based technicians. With the constraints currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Plastfix saw huge disruption to the traditional methods of essential, hands-on training, and by incorporating these new capabilities, it can continue to provide the necessary training and upskilling of their staff.
The 6-month project uses the latest in online software, filming, cloud storage, audio and editing technology to create the smartest training delivery solution in the industry.
New training content can be conceived, produced and edited within 24 hours through the use of the innovative mobile productivity app WorxManager by Tradiebot Industries. Plastfix has also integrated the ability to live stream training, with the capacity to reach up to 50,000 viewers per session around the world, perform remote quality control and interact with users in real time.
The Plastfix Digital Training Studio is located within the Innovation Centre at the MTA South Australia and is key to the company’s ability to provide freedom and flexibility to plastic repair technicians when upskilling, while also undertaking induction training for new recruits. Due to COVID-19, using emerging technologies, Plastfix can eliminate human-to-human contact to undertake this training.
The digital hub is also equipped with 3D printers to support the research and development activities of Plastfix Labs. This enables the testing of prototypes, and the building of a comprehensive catalogue of various lugs and brackets, allowing Plastfix to repair additional damaged plastic parts like expensive headlight assemblies.
Plastfix is heavily investing and focused on the future of automotive plastic and advanced repair solutions, working with leading collision repair groups, plastic manufacturers, research bodies and OEMs to ensure the new advanced materials can be repaired to pre-collision standard.
“The opening of this new digital training studio provides Plastfix the opportunity to facilitate and undertake training on a whole new level, using an entirely new process for training and video content development,” said Plastfix Director of Training and Product Development, John Morrissey. “Within the studio we are also now testing some exciting new plastic repair tools, which have been developed by our Plastfix Labs Division using 3D printing and with the support of BASF, who will be supplying the leading-edge 3D plastic material.”
The video content platform is managed by Plastfix technology partner Tradiebot and allows interactive training to be conducted for users with live engagement, remote assessments, training and available jobs via its online and mobile platforms. The placement of the studio within MTASA also allows various other trades and apprentices to observe some of the new developments taking place in our industry.
MTASA CEO Paul Unerkov sees multiple benefits of the Digital Training Studio and is eager to create several digital training hubs to promote and push their training needs to a wider audience. This is the first of many exciting new solutions and technology advancements planed for the innovation centre as it leads the way in promoting and pushing the boundaries of true digital transformation within the collision repair industry.