DS Smith turns to Virtual Reality to propel manufacturing training into the future

After a successful trial in Nantes, DS Smith is set to expand use of the immersive training technology in its production sites.

DS Smith, a leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, has turned to Virtual Reality and 360° photography / video to enrich its manufacturing training program.

The new immersive learning solution, Uptale, has been piloted in DS Smith’s production facility in Nantes, France, to enable team members to understand technical processes and complex machine operations in a risk-free environment.

Provide on-the-job experiential training anywhere, anytime and without risk

The intuitive training uses 360° photography and videos of the factory to allow team members to ‘experience’ interactions with the machines. They learn to complete procedures such as changing the roll on a corrugator machine, without stepping foot onto the factory floor, and take part in technical quizzes.

Improve learning efficiency while reducing time and costs


Along with better learning efficiency and reduced training time, the solution allows team members to consolidate knowledge and practice skills in a near-real environment. This all happens without risk, without logistical constraints and without stopping production.

Following the successful pilot, DS Smith is now looking to expanding the use of this immersive learning initiative to make its training programme richer and more agile. To date, 10 different learning experiences have been created and available in all local languages. It is deployed remotely via smartphones and computers that enable 360° viewing.


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