If you’re looking to optimize your operator training by investing in heavy equipment simulators, it’s important to remember that not all simulation is created equal. Most experienced operators will tell you that when working a piece of equipment, the machine becomes an extension of themselves giving them the unique ability to identify which brand they’re sitting on simply from the sound of the engine or by the seat of their pants (or, as one training director recently put it to me, “by the sensation on their rear end”).
Whether on earthmoving or lifting equipment, responding to feedback from the machine is an important part of maximizing its capabilities and, in many cases, saving time and money. Learning techniques like leveraging the momentum of a swing to move loads faster when operating a crane or using the inertia of a wheel loader to fill the bucket quicker by increasing its cutting force are skills that can’t be taught unless they are felt. Until now, this was only possible on the real equipment where the outcome of doing it wrong can be costly and dangerous but with CM Labs’ Smart Training TechnologyTM, trainees can now experience the same machine behavior on a Vortex simulator.