Sidel Opens Training Center in Mexico
Sidel Services has opened a new and advanced training center in Guadalajara, Mexico, featuring the very latest training technologies, with a virtual factory environment, augmented reality and authentic parts that trainees can handle themselves. Staffed by professional training instructors with years of beverage industry experience, who use a mix of engaging methods to educate trainees, the new center has already welcomed representatives from beverage producers across Latin America.
The new facility in Mexico's second-largest city brings the current number of Sidel worldwide training centres to seven. It also further demonstrates the company's focus on transferring its global knowledge to producers at a local level, which it has been doing for over 40 years with its training services, now part of the company's newly created Sidel Services department. Globally Sidel trains over 5,000 people every year.
Understanding the specific needs of beverage producers in a given region is an important part of identifying the training required. Before the Sidel center was established - the first in Latin America - Sidel undertook market research and received feedback from many different beverage producers. The result is a facility that embodies the latest in technology and a modular approach to training. A wide range of options provides the capacity to tailor a programme to the specific requirements of a beverage producer.
A recreation of the customers' plant can be simulated with the latest in virtual technology to give the trainees a familiar environment, similar to their own workplace. The tailored sessions use authentic parts for assembling and disassembling, along with functional key items of equipment such as valves; filling, blowing and labelling stations; production line PCC (panels for control and command) simulators to develop troubleshooting skills; and the latest 3-D interactive modelling system, bringing the ability to disassemble in detail every piece of equipment in the entire Sidel portfolio.
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