CM Labs’ New Forklift Simulator Exposes Operators to Advanced Exercises like Loading a Ramp

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex® training simulators, recently unveiled its new Forklift Simulator Training Pack. This new addition to the company’s full fleet of lifting equipment allows institutions to go beyond minimum requirements and train operators using certification and advanced exercises like loading a ramp.

“The forklift is the most popular piece of heavy equipment, but it’s also the one with the highest incident rates,” says Julien Richer-Lanciault, Product Manager at CM Labs. “Because the forklift can be extremely unstable, overturns are common; in fact, it’s leading cause of fatalities involving lift trucks. With our training pack students acquire a thorough understanding of the machine’s limits so they can safely operate a forklift and avoid such hazards,” says Lanciault.

CM Labs’ patented Smart Training Technology™ ensures that the forklift accurately replicates machine instability when executing maneuvers like tight turns with the load high in the air, driving down a slope with a load and rapid braking with a load. Just like on the actual forklift, operators get a real feel of the machine’s instability when handling goods. Visual aids within the simulation such as the mini-map, load calculations, and stability triangle, which depicts the center of gravity of the forklift during operation, provide users with additional tools to achieve success. A rear-view camera and mirrors deliver an optimal field of view for maximum situational awareness.

Students are challenged with progressive learning exercises that cover everything from basic to advanced skills. Operators learn the fundamentals such as driving around objects and inclines, aligning the forks with the pallet and handling different loads, while also being exposed to more complex scenarios like working in confined spaces as well as driving with and positioning a ramp. Built-in certification exercises ensure operators receive the most comprehensive and practical training to better prepare for the real thing. Customizable scoring allows users to weight each metric for objective and standardized evaluation.

The Forklift Simulator Training Pack is designed for CM Labs’ Edge series of simulators, including the portable Vortex Edge Plus as well as the motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max. It can also be bundled with CM Labs’ full fleet of earthmoving and lifting equipment training packs so training organizations can easily provide comprehensive education on heavy equipment.

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs’ mission is to simulate the world to make operations safe and efficient, by connecting people, processes, and equipment design.

The company builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. Through its Vortex Studio platform, CM Labs provides capabilities for training simulators, mission rehearsal, virtual prototyping, and testing. CM Labs’ vision is to be the leader in digital transformation, from machine design to training.

Clients include OETIO, IUOE, Kiewit, Liebherr, Mammoet, Manitowoc, NASA, and over 100 other world-class companies, OEMs, equipment operators, and trades training organizations.

Vortex® is a registered trademark of CM Labs Simulations.

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