CM Labs Delivers Training Innovation to OETIO with New Vortex Simulators

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Simulators will assure seat time for up to 120 heavy equipment trainee operators

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, today announced that the OETIO (Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario) is modernising their training classroom with next-generation Vortex simulators and instructor stations for operator training. OETIO operates two world-class training facilities in Canada, offering crane operator, heavy equipment, and construction safety training programs.

The simulators will enable as many as 120 apprentices to obtain additional training seat time prior to certification, in the first three years alone. This will dramatically reduce traditional on-the-job training time for these new operators.

The new training solutions include the immersive Vortex Advantage simulators, complete with motion platforms that simulate the feel of equipment at work. In addition, OETIO will leverage the Vortex Trainer, CM Labs’ compact new desktop training solution, to engage novices.

OETIO will deploy the complete construction training suite from CM Labs, including mobile crane, tower crane, boom truck, excavator, backhoe, wheel loader, and crawler crane operator training.

The training suite is complemented by CM Labs’ instructor stations, which allow trainers to directly manage simulators and student exercises. Instructors can select training scenarios, start the exercises, and introduce faults and weather conditions at any time. Instructors can also provide hand signals and record student performance in order to replay operations as well as highlight any aspect of trainee performance, from any vantage point. Other features of the training suite include crane set-up and pre-op inspection; tandem lifting; dragline, clamshell, and pile driving; night-time operations; and automatic trainee scoring.

“The realism of Vortex simulators was a major factor in our purchase decision,” says John Wright, OETIO’s Manager of Innovative Training Solutions. “we have found that training on these simulators leads to higher skilled operators, reduced training times, and increased safety.”

“We are proud to partner with OETIO in ensuring that well over a hundred apprentices are getting active seat time and training ahead of the worksite,” says Arnold Free, CM Labs’ Chief Commercial Officer. “We have long had a successful partnership based on our shared philosophy of applied innovation for rigorous, standards-based heavy-equipment training.”

OETIO and CM Labs are sharing CONEXPO booth G72413, where the full lineup of Vortex simulator training solutions will be on display.

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. With our Vortex Software Platform, clients are able to experience their product vision before it’s a reality and train crews for safe and efficient operations before stepping foot on the real jobsite. Today, CM Labs is the leading vendor for simulation-based training in the construction industry. With over 1,000 simulators in 30 countries using Vortex software, it has become the de facto standard for the industry.

For two years in a row, CM Labs was named to the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM and among the fastest growing technology companies in North America. The company’s markets are global – working with established leaders as well as emerging market trailblazers. A few of its prestigious customers include Honda, Hitachi, Liebherr, NASA, and Volvo.

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