Tracked Hydraulic Excavator Simulator

Overview
Customer Stories

The Vortex Excavator Training Module is part of the Vortex Training suite for construction cranes and heavy equipment. Operators who train with Vortex simulators develop the work habits and coordination they need to perform excavating, loading and trenching operations safely and efficiently.

 

 

Features and benefits

With the Excavator Training Module, operators gain valuable experience in a safe environment, with no wear and tear to excavator equipment, and no risk to themselves or others.

Operators build real skills faster than traditional training alone and learning organizations save instructor time and reduce equipment operational costs.

  1. A progressive learning program covering standard excavator duties such as trenching, bench loading, and load handling in realistic worksites.
  2. Performance metrics and reporting that shows students to how to safely handle equipment and perform efficient excavation operations.
  3. Best-of-class excavator and earth-moving simulation that ensures real skills development and behaves like the real machine.

 

Excavator Training Module Learning Program

The Excavator Training Module features progressive learning exercises—from beginner to advanced—designed to progressively teach skills and build confidence:

  • Basic controls familiarization
  • Swing, boom and stick control
  • Loading and unloading from trailer
  • Picking up and handling loads
  • Pipe placement in trench
  • Travelling and proper positioning
  • Bench loading into a haul truck
  • Trenching for foundation work

 

Performance measurement

The Excavator Training Module gives trainers objective insight into student performance and abilities. Trainers can measure key student performance metrics such as:

  • Completion time
  • Movement efficiency and accuracy
  • Pendulums and collisions
  • Maximum shock loads
  • Volume of material excavated per bucket load and in total

 

The optional student management system allows instructors to generate reports from excavator training sessions, and review current and past performance.

 

 

Machine and earth-moving simulation

Vortex simulators provide the most realistic simulation-based training on the market today. This ensures that students can transfer their skills directly from the simulator to the real world. There is no risk of negative training as with other game-based simulators.

Simulation of soil digging, piling, erosion and compaction is powered by decades of research into earth-moving simulation. This means bucket forces, trenching and loading are accurately simulated and the soil behaves in a realistic way.

Simulation of the excavator is built on proven Vortex dynamics and includes complete simulation of the mechanical and hydraulic systems, travelling on tracks over uneven ground, and interaction with the worksite.

Vortex simulators provide leading worksite visuals; the view from the cab accurately matches the view inside a real excavator.

Worksites include hazards and distractions as well as other workers and equipment. The functional in-cab monitor displays key operational information as well as additional controls and machine configuration.
 

Supported Vortex hardware platforms

The Vortex Excavator Module supports different hardware configurations to meet your budget, space, and training requirements:

  • Desktop simulator with game controls
  • Vortex Trainer with single display
  • Vortex Master with one, three, or five displays and optional 3DOF motion.

 

All Vortex hardware is designed for maximum durability and reliability, to protect your training investment.

For a simulator demonstration, or for more information, contact us now

 

More resources

Download the Vortex Excavator Training Module 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.

Crane Institute of America
Crane Institute of America Improves Training with Vortex Simulator
Keyano College
Keyano College: 9 Vortex Simulator Benefits
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
SAIT Training Program Engages Student Operators with "Transformational" Vortex Simulators
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station: Success with Vortex
IUOE Local 14
Vortex Simulator an "Incredible" Addition to IUOE Local 14's State-of-the-art Training Center
Mammoet
Mammoet Assures PTC Operator Safety with Vortex Simulator
Crane Service Industries
Crane Service Industries Provides Top-notch Training with Vortex
British Petroleum
BP Selects Vortex Excavator Simulator
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Tracked Hydraulic Excavator Simulator | 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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Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station: Success with Vortex

June 10, 2016

In terms of power output, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has been the USA’s largest nuclear plant since 1992. 

The plant’s objective is to lead the industry — not only in terms of raw output, but also in knowledge, training, and employee engagement: Palo Verde has learned through experience that the safest plants are also the best operating plants.

"With that mandate in my back pocket," says Palo Verde Rigging Training Instructor Bob Armstead, “I’m looking to provide the most effective training possible. I am not going to spare any expense for training in any way, shape, or form.”

Indeed, preventing lift incidents is a constant focus for the former (retired) USAF Airman. Like every lift professional in the US nuclear sector, he was particularly troubled by a March 2013 incident at Arkansas Nuclear One that involved the collapse of a lifting rig being used to move a 600-ton main generator stator. The failure resulted in one fatality and several injuries.

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SAIT Training Program Engages Student Operators with "Transformational" Vortex Simulators

February 08, 2016

As Associate Dean at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic in Alberta, Jim Szautner has seen all kinds of student operators.

For some, heavy equipment operation is a calling. For others, it's an opportunity that's knocking at the right place and time.

And for others, it's an intimidating, back-against-the-wall prospect.

"This might be the first time some students are coming back to school in a number of years," says Jim — "their secondary experience might not have been super positive, so they might not have a lot of confidence coming in to the post-secondary environment."

In the case of these students, the Vortex Simulators are part of a "transformational experience" that Jim believes is central to the SAIT experience.

"Once they get on the Vortex Simulator," Jim says, "and gain the confidence that they can do it, it's actually quite amazing to watch — they surprise themselves and do far better than what they thought they were capable of.”

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Keyano College: 9 Vortex Simulator Benefits

September 01, 2015

Located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Keyano College provides specialised training to more than 2,800 full-time students and over 13,000 part-time students.The college offers a wide variety of programs, including certificate programs such as mechanical construction trades preparation, the heavy equipment technician trade, and power and process engineering.

Keyano College's Vortex Simulators are a valuable teaching tool for tower crane operation training, as well as training for mobile crane, crawler crane, and excavator operations.

Leslie Howlett is Keyano College's Mobile Simulator Instructor — "mobile" being a reference to the Vortex Simulator, not to him, although his career has taken him from Newfoundland to Alberta via Afghanistan and an array of other locations. With over 20 years of experience as a trainer, he's conditioned to seeing everything as a teaching opportunity.

Everyone's got their reasons for using a Vortex Simulator. Leslie shares his.

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Crane Institute of America Improves Training with Vortex Simulator

May 05, 2015

"The underlying cause of most accidents," says Jim Headley, "is a failure to properly train and qualify personnel. That's why I want to provide the very best, the highest-quality training out there. I want to make sure we're helping the people in the field as best we can."

Jim Headley is president and director of Crane Institute of America (CIA). CIA has trained or certified over 100,000 equipment operators, inspectors, supervisors, trainers, riggers, and other safety personnel since 1987.

Find out how CIA uses a Vortex Simulator to improve its operator training program — download the story now.

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Crane Service Industries Provides Top-notch Training with Vortex

March 23, 2015

Crane Service Industries (CSI) trains for all lifting activities, including aerial and platform lifts, with a particular focus on cranes and crane operator certification.

To enhance its training program, CSI purchased a Vortex Trainer, CM Labs' table-top simulator, with a boom truck software training module. As a result, CSI has improved training delivery, and increased training throughput – all with reduced maintenance and fuel costs.

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Mammoet Assures PTC Operator Safety with Vortex Simulator

March 11, 2015

"That crane," says Mammoet's Mark Oterdoom, "is 100% our design and 100% our responsibility. So the training has to come from us. As far as liability goes, we need to know we've covered everything that could go wrong. That's why we have the simulator." 

That crane is Mammoet's platform containerized twin-ring crane (PTC) 140/200 DS. The PTC has a lifting capacity of 3200 mT and a range of up to 205 meters. It is the biggest crane of its kind, and takes up to six weeks to set up before the first lift gets underway.

The simulator is a Vortex simulator from CM Labs Simulations. It simulates the PTC 140/200 DS for trainee operators of the large cranes...

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BP Selects Vortex Excavator Simulator

November 22, 2012

British Petroleum's Texas City Refinery, the second largest refinery in the US, was looking for skills training for hydraulic excavator operators.

BP selected CM Labs’ Vortex simulator as the platform of choice.

The Texas City Refinery was already operating a Vortex mobile crane simulator, and operators were impressed with the high fidelity of the solution, along with its straightforward ability to scale and expand toward other equipment types.

Thanks to Vortex, hydraulic excavator operators at the Texas City Refinery will be training in a safe, controlled, and environmentally friendly system, with the most realistic simulator on the market today.


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