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Tradiebot Industries Partners with General Motors and Collision Hub to Address Nagging Issue

After much anticipation and with great pleasure, Tradiebot Industries announces its partnership with General Motors and Collision Hub in the launch of a joint project designed with the future of collision repair in mind.

Even when repair procedures are available, quite often the complexity of vehicles on the road today makes repairing them a challenge, which is why Tradiebot’s advanced software solutions in the field of Immersive Technologies was a perfect solution to a nagging issue.

Using CAD files provided by GM and utilizing our WorxAR Suite proprietary design studio, Tradiebot collaborated closely with GM’s lead engineer, Nathanial Skutt, and Collision Hub’s Jason Bartanen, to address a repair issue with the pre-2018 Silverado.

General Motors’ commitment to the safety of their customers was critical in driving the project so when traditional methods of information dissemination were still ineffective, Tradiebot’s groundbreaking work in Virtual and Augmented Realities was critical and Collision Hub’s social media presence and a stellar reputation for promoting proper and safe repairs was essential in getting the message out to repairers.

Up until now, Augmented Reality has been a technology solution used only in such hi-tech industries as aerospace, robotics, military applications, and advanced medical fields. Tradiebot is used to being out in the forefront – creating innovative solutions focused on resolving some of the collision industry’s toughest problems. Look for more news coming soon as we continue to innovate cutting edge Immersive Technology solutions for our strategic partners.

Tradiebot Collaborates with Symach

Immersive Technologies make huge advancements in the Collision Repair Industry.
Through the effective implementation of these technologies, we can equip our young employees and newcomers to perform complex tasks, leading to reduced costs, higher quality, and increased on-time delivery.

Using Augmented Reality, our team has developed a demo app for the Symach inventory table.

 

WorxAR – Windscreen removal
Augmented Reality technology enhances the way learning professionals can engage talent. AR offers unique capabilities to engage physical objects with digital information about them.
Tradiebot CEO Announced as a Speaker at IBIS GLOBAL SUMMIT 2020

Tradiebot CEO Mario Dimovski is honored to be speaking at the industry’s premier event, IBIS Worldwide 2020 Anniversary Summit in Monaco.

He will be covering advancements in Digital Training Technologies at the Skills panel session, joining an elite list of presenters over the 2-day event.

This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, share knowledge, and hear about the latest trends and technological developments in the collision repair industry.

Tradiebot Inc. Live in USA

Australian based immersive technology company Tradiebot Industries today announced the establishment of its American trading arm Tradiebot Inc. With the support of its American-based legal partners Polsinelli and newly formed executive team consisting of Beth Rutter and Michael LoPrete, the formation has been successfully executed.

The move will allow for a number of high-profile collaborations with industry, training bodies and associations with a strong focus on digital training, augmented information platforms and virtual technology environments targeting the current and future workforce across the collision repair industry and its many stakeholders.

Tradiebot Founder and CEO, Mario Dimovski said:

“What a proud moment to see the Tradiebot brand grow and establish within the USA, providing the opportunity to plan the roll out of a number of exciting partnerships with some of the industry’s leading brands in the collision repair and training space.

We have seen a significant amount of interest toward the Tradiebot brand and our various offerings coming from both the USA and Europe. Over the years I have made several trips to the USA and have been planning our expansion for some time. We anticipate solid growth over the next 18 months as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis and plan the best pathways for our virtual technologies and digital training platforms. A very exciting achievement for all involved in our group of companies.”

Tradiebot is yet to determine a registered address within the USA, although a number of solid relationships have been formed with key industry partners that the company will monitor prior to ascertaining its headquarters in the USA.

For more information on Tradiebot services

Contact: North America
Chief Operating Officer

Michael LoPrete
+1 971-341-2255
michael.loprete@tradiebot.com

Game ON: New Skills Gaming and Virtual Training Application by Tradiebot

Tradiebot has evolved its virtual training environment with state-of-the-art gaming elements to attract the future generation of skilled workers into trade related industries with automotive being the initial focus.

The Australian developed application combines the very latest of virtual reality hardware such as the Intel Hades Canyon NUC PC and Facebooks Oculus Rift S VR headset that drives the innovative software solutions. Proving users, the ability to try virtual new trade skills whilst enjoying gaming elements such as avatars, competitive scoring, building and customising cars, and encourages them to achieve a high score to have their vehicle showcased in a virtual showroom.

Tradiebot is set to launch the application in July 2020 with their two core partners, The Motor Trades Association of South Australia and the Department of Education NSW who will commence the roll out of the solution via schools and innovation hubs targeting school students.

Industry giants, 3M and Suncorp have thrown their support behind the solution that provides students the ability to engage and connect to potential apprenticeships and job seekers with employers and managing their ongoing progress through the added mobile application.

With COVID-restrictions affecting human interaction and travel, it has made traditional forms of training more difficult, with businesses and training organisations looking for alternative ways to deliver skills training. Digital remote solutions such as Tradieforce are breaking down these barriers and enabling training to be undertaken at any time, location and at a pace that is suitable to each individual.

Learner engagement is increased when a user enters a virtual world as the real world around them disappears and they become less susceptible to interruptions that may occur around them, becoming more engaged by the material and are more likely to retain the information.

Tradiebot is providing the ability to train, assess, and connect with the next generation using hardware such as VR headsets which they are accustomed to using whilst trying to fill the existent skills shortage that has been evident in the spray-painting trade for some time. The Tradieforce app will commence with the spray-painting skill with future updates to include additional skills such as metal welding.

The application offers training organisations an online portal, providing analytics that captures and tracks a whole host of information that includes, statistics for previous attempts, time taken, paint used, session recordings and a whole lot more to assist trainers in tracking progress and identifying any areas of concern.

Tradiebot is using gamification to provide school students, job seekers and employees with the relevant trade skills, training, and assessments in an enjoyable and familiar way, rewarding users with unlockable features and achievements based on progress. Virtual Reality and gamification also generate enthusiasm and competitiveness between users, further increasing outcomes.

COVID-19 Accelerates Tradiebot Hologram Training Technology

Tradiebot has this week commenced their pilot program, utilising hologram-based technology and volumetric video to deliver pre-recorded training within a virtual environment anywhere and at any time. The project has recently taken priority over their other immersive training and information delivery technologies, with demand for such technology increasing due to COVID-19.

How the Technology Works?

Volumetric video is the process of capturing moving images of the real world, people and objects that can later be viewed from any angle at any moment in time. Using LIDAR technology not only are we able to record video but also determine the distance of each point in the video from the camera, thus allowing a more 3D experience which ultimately allows the user to be the director of the video they are watching with the ability to view the video from any angle.

Using this technology, users have the ability to record videos and deliver them in a hologram like experience where they are able to see a real-life figure delivering training to multiple users in various locations.

Connor Gibson, Head of Immersive Technologies at Tradiebot said:

“It is a very exciting development and one I am very passionate about, by using this technology along with VR, we are able to create training experiences like never before. We have received a large amount of interest from various companies regarding the hologram technology and if we could explore the option to incorporate this into our solutions. Tradiebot has since started to build the immersive studio, that will be available for customers to create their own hologram based content and stream it anywhere in the world in a virtual environment.”

The company had been initially working on the solution as an add on to its Tradieforce platform although with the recent events of COVID-19, the decision was made to shift all resources and accelerate the development as the demand grew to use such technologies for training and information delivery with the current restrictions on travel, social distancing and large crowd gatherings.

Tradiebot CEO, Mario Dimovski added:

“This is the future of how training will be delivered. To have the ability to scale on such a level not limited by geographical location or time zone is what we need to achieve.

Trade industries are struggling to upskill and train their workforce and the shortage of trainers and limitation on available skilled individuals are some of the key issues. We are now able to present training programs and have them delivered when and where we want, capture learning ability, and perform assessments in real time.”

Tradiebot is planning to establish additional trading hubs in the UK by the end of the year, in addition to its Australian and North American operations that will feature the hologram based studios.

Tradiebot Provides Staff COVID19 Training

As part of Tradiebot’s ongoing Workplace Health and Safety regime and our Duty of Care obligations to our employees, we have been closely monitoring information guides from Safe Work Australia in relation to the current COVID-19 situation, in doing so, we have also taken the extra precautions to ensure the well-being and safety of our staff.

As part of our commitment, all Tradiebot employees have now successfully completed the COVID-19 training course, that covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control that has been commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.

At Tradiebot our staff are at the core of our business and we are actively ensuring that we are providing a safe and happy work environment for all involved.

Tradiebot CEO presents at IBIS 2020

Tradiebot CEO Mario Dimovski had the privilege of being one of key presenters at the IBIS 2020 USA simulcast.

Mario covered multiple topics that included the impact of virtual and augmented reality in the collision repair industry. Attendees also had a sneak peak of the virtual garage that featured a custom built and painted sports car created by the Tradiebot Industries team using our new gaming and training software for schools to be released post COVID-19.

Check out the presentation here, covering multiple topics that include the impact virtual and augmented reality is having in the collision repair industry.

 

 

GAME ON – NSW Education teams up with Tradiebot to deliver virtual training and gaming software

1st April 2020

Tradiebot has teamed up with the NSW Department of Education along with Suncorp and 3M to deliver a first of its kind virtual reality and gaming technology application targeting the next generation of tradies via the high school network.

The solution called Tradieforce will also be supported by a mobile app connecting potential apprentices and job seekers with employers and managing their ongoing progress.

The program is set to be rolled out later this year in term four of 2020 in Sydney’s Central and North Shore Region, where students will get to experience state-of-the-art virtual training and assessments in spray painting inside a virtual trade training and gaming world.

The program uses virtual reality to gamify the process of learning the foundations of automotive spray painting, through immersive garage environments, customisation of their own car, competitions and guided paint application. Other features include a leader board and a virtual showroom of cars created and painted by other participants. Additional skills such as welding, panel beating and plastic welding will be implemented as the software evolves.

The Australian developed, first of its kind solution uses the latest in hardware and software products from global brands such as Intel, Oculus by Facebook and Google Firebase providing the best possible engagement and user experience. Set to change the game on how kids are enticed into the trade industries that has become a growing concern over the past decade with many trades having to turn to overseas skilled migrants to fill the growing shortfall.

These new VR tools appeal to the younger generation who are growing up as gamers and using virtual reality headsets in the classroom for education or at home playing games.

The program is initially focusing on the spray-painting trade and will expand into other trade skills, with current estimates claiming a short fall of over 1000 spray painters in the Australian industry and with similar shortages around the globe.

Tradiebot is looking at including various other industry partners in the program who would offer expert advice, mentoring, training, and career opportunities in spray painting to suitable candidates. Trades have proven to be a great pathway to promotions into management roles and even owning your own business. Many successful business owners started as a tradie.

Mario Dimovski – CEO and owner of Tradiebot, is one such tradie himself and started his career as a plastic repair technician straight out of school at the age of 16.

Dimovski stated it’s an ideal and very secure career pathway for anyone wanting a career as a trade person. With the growing skills shortage, most repair or service trades are always going to be in demand. Trade positions have also become very lucrative, with salary packages exceeding many white-collar careers that require a university degree. You also get a 4-year head start in the workforce that could result in saving for a house deposit or enjoying the finer things in life.

I remember always having my own money as I worked as an apprentice, while some of my friends who went to University had to borrow money to support their education. Driven by parents’ perceptions and industry culture, for far too long people have dismissed trades as a dirty and poorer option in favour of University. Though in fact, trades such as automotive, these days are run by multimillion-dollar operations using state of the art equipment and technology, house repair facilities that resemble car showrooms and include some of the best staff training and care programs around. On the foundation of a trade you can further explore various opportunities either in management or starting your own business as I did, knowing that your trade is always there to fall back on said Dimovski.  

The ability to train, assess, and connect with the next generation through state-of-the-art technology in their own environment is a massive leap toward filling the skills shortage in this select trade. The current process of introducing and training someone in spray painting is drawn-out and expensive, including having the trainees at a training centre with spray booths managed by a trainer, fitting candidates with safety gear and then wasting paint, in many cases only to find out the candidate has no interest in becoming a spray painter. The developed platform allows users to try a new skill in the comfort of their classroom or training centre through the use of virtual reality and gamification, significantly reducing costs while increasing exposure.

Peter O’Doherty Senior Project Officer | Regional Industry Education Partnerships Training Services NSW states when it comes to supporting secondary students to become job ready, industry plays a critical role. That’s why the NSW Government is establishing the Regional Industry Education Partnership (RIEP) initiative to strengthen connections between industry and schools. Positive, engaging connections with employers, and an understanding of local employment options, can help students build strong career pathways while at school.

Gamification is the practice of applying game design elements outside the realm of gaming. It can be used to provide school students,job seekers and employees with the relevant trade skills, training and assessments in an enjoyable and familiar way, rewarding users with unlockable features and achievements based on progress. In addition to encouraging participants to better connect with and understand the content, virtual reality and gamification can also generate enthusiasm and competitiveness between users, further improving user engagement and outcomes.

Director of Engineering and Operational Technology at Tradiebot, said, what we are developing is industry leading and could be the key that trade industries have been looking for to increase exposure to the next generation and aid in attracting new talent. Our system helps users realise the opportunities they have in following a trades pathway.

After the initial roll out in late 2020 further plans to extend the program to all the states and target general job seekers are in motion that will be followed by global deployment via Tradiebot’s network of partners and industry contacts.

Mario Dimovski Key Presenter at IBIS USA 2020

Considering everything that’s going on, we are very excited to announce that our CEO Mario Dimovski has been named as one of the key presenters at next weeks IBIS Worldwide USA simulcast.

Mario will be covering the impact of virtual and augmented reality in the collision repair industry.
Check out our virtual IBIS garage featuring a custom built and painted sports car created by the Tradiebot Industries team using our new gaming and training software for schools to be released post COVID-19.

For more info on the event and how you can register:
http://ibisworldwide.com/2019/ibis-conferences/ibis-events-2020/ibis-usa-2020/

 

WorxAR- AR and Digital Twin for Instructions

With the growing skills / knowledge gap and advancements in vehicle safety systems the need to provide technicians with new digital tools has never been greater.

Using Digital Twin and Augmented Reality technology to guide technicians in performing tasks and accessing repair methods will be one such must have digital tool for workshops in the near future.

WorxAR by Tradiebot Industries is a self managed AR software platform due for release by the end of the year.

 

Automated Headlight Repairs takes a Giant Step with Plastfix

Plastfix showcased one of the most significant collision repair industry events in recent memory hosted by, Professor Emad Gad, Dean of School of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology.

It was a Who’s Who of “heavy-hitters” that included: AMA Group COO Dave Calder, IMCRC CEO David Chuter, WorldSkills Australia CEO Trevor Schwenke, and of course Plastfix CEO, Mario Dimovski. There was also a plethora of representatives from the various collaboration partners and of course the entire Repair Bot research team. Even Dr. Aleksandar Markoski, Tradiebot Industries’ Head of Mechanics and Automation flew in from their EU division for the event.

Two years ago, Repair Bot, initially a collaboration between Tradiebot, Swinburne University and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), set out to repair headlight lugs using 3D printing and robotics technology.

More recently, Plastfix secured the exclusive distribution rights from Tradiebot Industries as the new patented technology solution prepares to be rolled out via the Plastfix network locally and abroad re-shaping the collision repair environment as the shift towards automated headlight repairs becomes very real.

Last week, following extensive research and development, the Repair Bot team achieved a major milestone with a successful Proof of Concept demonstration of its 3D printing, scanning and robotics technology and its application in headlight bracket repair.

Johan Noren of Swinburne led us through the demonstration, which involved several key processes:

  • Firstly, an existing bracket attached to a headlight was scanned, before the damaged lug was cut to the base on the headlight assembly.
  • The headlight assembly (minus the lug) was then calibrated to identify the precise position for the new 3D printed stakes on which the new bracket would be attached.
  • A new bracket was 3D printed on a separate printer and then positioned on the new 3D stakes, these brackets will also be inject moulded and mass produced in traditional PP material.
  • And finally, the stakes are capped to secure the bracket to the lug, effectively forming a polymer rivet.

Team Leader, Mats Isaksson was thrilled with the result. “The team has been outstanding during this project as we overcame several significant obstacles, not the least of which was that we had to engineer our own polymer as commercial grades were unsuitable of our application.”’

David Chuter, CEO IMCRC said: “It so amazing to see how far we’ve come since the idea was floated back in 2017. Australia is the perfect market for such innovation and this demonstration has been tremendous. Congratulations to the team at Swinburne and to all those involved throughout the journey.”

Mario Dimovski, CEO Plastfix also congratulated the team on a flawless demonstration and acknowledged his collaboration partners, IMCRC, AMA Group and the School of Engineering at Swinburne University. “We’ve just demonstrated the best that Australian innovation can deliver, marrying material development, robotics and 3D printing, supported by some great ideas – we now have a robot that repairs headlights.”

Looking ahead, Dimovski is confident of its commercial viability: “The Tradiebot EU team has been working on the project for the last 12 months side-by-side with Swinburne and is preparing a more fine-tuned commercial product for today’s collision repair industry. There is also a secondary solution we have developed as a result of this project offering our customers repair-lugs for selected fast moving makes and models.”

Plastfix, who is a leading authority on automotive plastic repairs will be the key distributor and a major user of the new technology, initially through industry partners locally through exploring the interest in the solution from leading collision groups from around the world.

Stay tuned for further developments and for the launch of our video!

New Delhi NuGen Mobility Summit 2019

Tradiebot attends the NuGen Mobility Summit in New Delhi. Discussing immersive technologies in Automotive training & service information, with some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. Big thanks to

Tradiebot Attends Automotive Mission in India

Tradiebot CEO, Mario Dimovski joins a select group of Australian delegates in India visiting the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Day one of a week long program organised by Austrade. A joint Indian and Australian government automotive mission, meeting with leading local automotive OEM’s, technology parks, government bodies, innovation centres and more. Great people, food and culture. Well done to Adil Mohamed, Leo Bremanis & Deo Chand for organising such a quality program and the invite for Tradiebot Industries to take part.