Convergence Training Hires Again – Adds More Horsepower to Training Course Development

Convergence Training would like to welcome two new media designers to the team, Jason Raines and Chris Dunable. They will be helping us keep up with our growing workload of training projects.

Jason has several years of pulp and paper training experience in his media repertoire, and Chris brings a diverse and extensive 3D background to the media development team. Jason’s Adobe Flash skills have already proven useful in helping with our Contractor Training projects. Chris has started work on our upcoming Defensive Driving courses.

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Convergence Training Expands Safety Training Video Distribution with New Reseller Program

Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology Corporation, announces the launch of its new reseller program designed to expand distribution of safety training DVDs through relationships with established online retailers of safety training videos and safety products.

In January of 2009, after years of developing custom safety and operational training courses for international manufacturing clients, Convergence began actively marketing a line of commercial safety training DVDs and compliance software. Less than a year after opening its online store, Convergence is now extending its distribution strategy to established online safety resellers to meet increased demand for their unique training products.

Now, even as the U.S. economy struggles and unemployment remains high, Convergence safety training DVDs and compliance software sales have been consistently on the rise. “Safety training has always been a tough-sell. But with increasing pressure on Safety Coordinators to do more with less, our customers view our products as high quality, cost-effective training tools,” noted Randy Kohltfarber, Director of Convergence Product Development. He added, “And with more diversified sales efforts, we can focus our resources on what we do best, producing superior training tools that improve safety and lower costs.”

Leading online safety stores, including www.trainingabc.com, ComplianceAndSafety.com, and SafetyDVDs.com, now carry Congergence Training safety DVDs and compliance software. Bjorn Ansbro, Convegence’s Business Development Manager, is also currently developing reseller and affiliate relationships with national equipment distributors, office supply retailers, and federal organizations. Bjorn notes that, “While building these relationships is critical to our growth, our new reseller program is just one step toward establishing and building a lasting presence in the industry.”

Convergence is a producer of occupational health and safety training videos, learning management software, and regulatory compliance tools for general industry, mining, pulp and paper, and construction.

For more information on Convergence Training’s safety training videos, compliance software, and online training services, visit www.ThinkConvergence.com or call 888-634-7346 x231.

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Convergence to Upgrade Ecommerce Software

After launching our reseller program, reaching out to hundreds of new customers, and deciding to develop and release many new titles, we have decided to upgrade our online store. We have decided to use ZNode, a powerful e-commerce platform that is designed to be adaptable and customizable. In the next couple of months, look for a brand new design as well as a host of new features to make the shopping experience more enjoyable and easier to use.

New features include:
– Better product organization
– More design and layout flexibility
– Post product reviews online
– Built in customer service forms
– Faster performing with less lag time
– Advanced product search
– Better image and thumbnail support
– And many more!


Visit the ZNode Website

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PulpandPaperTraining.com Launched!

Convergence Training is pleased to announce that we have launched a new website, dedicated to our pulp and paper customers.

Specific topics covered by this new website include:

We invite you to browse the new site and give us your feedback!

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MSHASafetyTraining.com Adds Surface Miner Training Online (Enterprise Solution)

Do you have many miners at many sites?

Do you need to get MSHA Part 46 training to those miners?

Do you have a hard and costly time getting those miners together for training?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes!”, then MSHASafetyTraining.com has an enterprise solution for you.

After many requests, MSHASafetyTraining.com is proud to announce our award winning MSHA training is now available in an online msha training solution. Our Surface Miner Training, combined with our Online Learning Management System, provides a fully-integrated training management solution. You can set up training plans, deliver training, test trainees, and automatically produce records of training in a centralized internet-based system. Access the system from any PC connected to the internet. With our online system you will save time and money!

Check it out here:
Surface Miner Training Online

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Spanish MSHA Part 46 Training?

Over the last couple of years, we have been getting more and more requests to have our safety training DVDs and MSHA Part 46 training translated to Spanish. Because of the additional requests, we are looking into translation services and budgeting to see what it would take. Not everyone fully understands some of the challenges we face by undertaking the translation. There are several different ways to approach it with different levels of end-product quality. Here are the options:

Add Subtitles and Audio to Safety DVDs – $$$
The “easiest” way to get into Spanish is to target just our DVD products. We can get the scripts translated and recorded in Spanish, and just add an alternative audio track. This may sound simple, but keep in mind we have over 16 hours of combined EHS and MSHA training. The cost just for us to have the script translated and recorded could be more than $50k! In addition, the downside is that only the audio gets translated, so all the graphics on the screen will be in English and American standard measurements. For native Spanish speakers, they could hear appropriate text, but the animations and graphics may not coordinate.

Translate On-Screen Graphics and Add Spanish Audio – $$$$
The next step would be more translation including the on-screen graphics. This would include doing the above translation, PLUS a translator would have to watch all of our training, transcribe the text and graphics on screen, and then we would have to manually update all the text. I’m guessing that cost would be another $50k or more, plus the time it would take someone internally to make all the required graphics changes. There is still one downside to this method, and that involves the 3D scenes. Any of the photos, or textures used in the 3D scenes would still be in English.

Update 3D Scenes, Translate On-Screen Graphics, Add Spanish Audio – $$$$$
The ultimate translation job would include both of the previous steps, PLUS the translation of all 3D assets. This can be truly difficult because it will involve photoshopping texture files and photos to remove English text. It would also require a lot of time to re-render the 3D files, which would then need to be re-imported into our video editing software (Adobe After Effects). Imaging showing a render with a street sign that says “one way” on it in English. It wouldn’t make any sense to someone who couldn’t read it.

In my opinion, the last path would end up with the most usable training product for Spanish speakers. If you only translate the audio and/or some of the graphics, the training can’t possibly be as effective or engaging. Since we are talking about some fairly technical information that definitely has the ability to save lives, wouldn’t you want it to be as effective as possible?

If you are interested in Spanish version of any of our training, contact us to let us know. info@thinkconvergence.com, 1-888-634-7346

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Convergence Training Visits Northeast

Convergence Training will be meeting with prospects and clients in a weeklong trip to the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We will be meeting primarily with pulp and paper customers and surface mining operations.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with a Convergence representative in your area, visit our Contact Us page and let us know.

We look forward to our trip and meeting with everyone!

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Convergence to Launch New Website Focused on Mill Training

Convergence Training is launching a new website exclusively for pulp and paper producers! The new site will feature training products focused solely on the pulp and paper industry. This will help our forest product customers get what they need to more easily manage their most important asset, their workforce.

A rough outline of topics that will be included on www.PulpAndPaperTraining.com can be found below:

Orientation Training

  • Contractor Orientation and Training
  • New Hire Orientation

Custom Training

  • Process and Equipment Training
  • Converting Training
  • Pulp and Paper Mill Training
  • Other Site-Specific Training Customized for Your Facility

Mill Safety Training Library

  • 28 OSHA-Based Safety Courses
  • Over 10 Hours of Training
  • Contemporary, Engaging, To-The-Point

Mobile Training

  • Track Classroom Attendance
  • Perform Real-Time Task Training
  • Capture electronic signatures
  • Identify Equipment Using Barcode Scanner

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Convergence Training Welcomes Two New Employees

We would like to welcome two new designers to the Convergence Training team, Bobby Morin and Dustin Langley.

Bobby and Dustin bring additional horsepower to our creative team by way of their 3d and animation skills and will help us continue to meet our project deadlines and business goals. Dustin is currently working on a building the model for a customer paper machine course and Bobby is helping us with a different site-specific paper machine training project.

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Paying For Our Training is Way Better Than Getting It For FREE!

Why Pay Convergence When We Can Get Training For Free From MSHA?

Simple. Because MSHA’s free training really isn’t so free. Granted, MSHA training programs can be a cost-effective approach to staying compliant. But many mine operators and mining contractors either don’t have the flexibility necessary to meet MSHA’s training schedules or can’t coordinate the minimum number of attendees for an MSHA training session.

Remember that when you’re trying to save a few bucks with a free training session, you have to take into account all the additional expenses involved, including travel time, fuel, food, and accommodations.

Let’s Look At The Real Cost Of Free Training

Let’s compare the difference between sending five employees (the minimum allowed) to a free MSHA training session, and using our Surface Miner Training DVD Set.

With MSHA’s free training, you’re paying:

MSHA Requires a minimum of 5 attendees. Wages include an average of $20 per hour for 8 hours of annual refresher training and 6 hours of travel time (300 round trip miles). Transportation costs assume 15 mpg at $3 per gallon. Meals are factored in using $25 for each attendee.
MSHA Free Training 5 Workers
Wages During Training $800
Travel Time $600
Food $125
Fuel $60
Mileage $165
$1,750

By the time you’re done getting your employees their annual refresher it is far from free, and that’s for just five employees.

Now Let’s Look At Our Surface Miner Training DVD Set

You just can’t beat the cost-effectiveness of training your team onsite on your schedule. Our Surface Miner Training DVD Set covers all the same required Part 46 content, but with a modern look and training style that your employees will engage with. With these DVDs, you can train at your convenience, and without the scheduling, logistical, and cost headaches.

So, here’s what it will cost you for the same training:

Convergence Training 5 Workers
Wages During Training $800
Travel Time $0
Food $0
Fuel $0
Mileage $0 Surface Miner Training DVD Set $499 $1,299

With Convergence Surface Miner Training, you benefit from:

  • Cost-Effective Training – A one-time cost of $499 for the DVD set (testing tools and certificates included).
  • Scheduling Flexibility – Training done at your convenience.
  • Hassle-Free On-Site Training – No worrying about employees missing the MSHA appointments.

With our Surface Miner Training DVD Set, you can use it as many times as you like. Train your new miners and use it for your annual refreshers as well.

Let’s Compare One Last Time

Using the DVD Set instead of the free MSHA training will actually save you hundreds of dollars the first time you use it – an immediate savings of $451. Over the life of the DVDs you will save even more – after using the DVDs for five years you will be saving more than $4,250, and that’s assuming you only have to train five employees.

However, you decide to train your team, just consider the real cost of free training. Many of our customers already have.

All numbers in this article are estimates. Your actual numbers may vary.

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Jack, Say Hello to John, Your Replacement

In launching the new driving courses, we decided to make an update to our main character, Jack. We have a brand new model, John, with many upgrades such as:

  • More realistic looking skin
  • Better facial expressions
  • More eye and mouth detail
  • Upgraded jeans and boots
  • Hair (and optional beard) realistically rendered

We are working on setting up the facial morphs, the skeleton and rigging system, as well as the PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, hi-visibility vest, etc) and will begin using John on our next courses.

Without further ado, we would like you to meet John:


See these renders of our old character, Jack:


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