Vortex Advantage

Customer Stories

Expandable, affordable, all-in-one operator training simulator

Meet the Vortex Advantage, the latest addition to CM Labs' construction crane and heavy equipment training product line. With many different options and configurations, the Vortex Advantage is a fit for training programs of all sizes and budgets.



Unique training benefits

With a wealth of options and configurations, the Vortex Advantage scales to training programs of all sizes and budgets.For 20 years, Vortex Simulators have built real skills, safer worksites, and improved operator performance. 

With the Vortex Advantage, you now have three more reasons to join top equipment manufacturers, training schools, and construction fleet owners in using the industry's leading training platform:


  1. A scalable solution
    From screens to training modules — the Vortex Advantage is designed to grow with you, whether you’re training one-on-one or entire classrooms.
  2. Adapts to your training
    The Vortex Advantage is ready to mirror your fleet: It features equipment-specific hot-swappable control sets and pedals. The three-screen option also rotates to replicate equipment-specific sight lines.
  3. All-in-one
    A sleek hardware design, a full catalogue of equipment training modules, and the world-renowned Vortex simulation "engine" — the Vortex Advantage integrates all three elements in a single plug-and-play training platform, with all the quality and durability you've come to expect from CM Labs.


Maximum training flexibility

Reserve your Vortex Advantage test-drive now!Training needs change and grow over time. That's why the Vortex Advantage has been developed to stay relevant to your training goals — today as well as tomorrow.

  • Screens – Select from a single-screen option, three screens, or five screens for maximum immersion and trainee engagement.
  • Motion platform – Add the motion platform option to reproduce the real feel of equipment in motion, including movement, vibration, impact, acceleration, and overload conditions.
  • Instructor operating station – Use the optional instructor operating station to guide and monitor students by controlling exercises from a dedicated interface. Instructors can review trainee performance, plot metrics, comment on progress, trigger faults, and control other equipment or virtual characters.
  • Control sets and pedals – Match your training modules to OEM-grade controls, ranging from single/dual-axis joysticks to steering wheels and configurable pedal boxes. The design is hot-swappable, so you don’t even need to shut down the simulator to swap control sets or pedals. This simple design makes it easy to reconfigure your simulator for training on many machines.
  • Training modules – Run any module from CM Labs’ construction crane and heavy equipment operator training suite, from tower crane and RT mobile crane operator training, to excavator, loader, and backhoe training, and more.


To learn more, download the Vortex Advantage datasheet now.


Here's how we've helped just a few of our clients. For more information on these stories, or to obtain additional client references, contact us at any time.

IUOE Local 14
Vortex Simulator an "Incredible" Addition to IUOE Local 14's State-of-the-art Training Center

Vortex Advantage | Customer Story

Vortex Simulator an "Incredible" Addition to IUOE Local 14's State-of-the-art Training Center

February 22, 2017

Local 14 is always on the lookout for new and innovative training tools, whether it be a new hi-tech rotating telehandler, spider crane, or excavator, or smart display technology in the classrooms.

However, it wasn’t until Tom Gordon, the Local's Co-Director of Journey Person and Apprenticeship Training, sat in a Vortex simulator from CM Labs Simulations at a Kentucky trade show that Local 14 considered adding a new simulator to the Training Center.

"I was never a big simulator guy," says Gordon. "It just wasn't something I thought was that valuable. But once I got on the Vortex simulator, I realized what a great tool it could be for us here."

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