New Desktop Simulator Paves the Way for Professional-grade Simulation Training for the Entire Classroom

CM Labs’ most affordable simulator includes real equipment controls and industry-proven learning content

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex® training simulators, today announced the availability of the new Vortex Trainer, the latest addition to their construction equipment simulator product line.

Optimally designed for a classroom environment, the Vortex Trainer mounts conveniently on a desktop and makes it easier than ever for training organisations to deploy CM Labs’ full range of construction equipment training modules and maximise operator seat time.

The Vortex Trainer is so compact that it can be easily transported and installed in minutes. All components, from the configurable pedals to the operator touchscreen and high-definition display, can be ergonomically placed for optimal trainee comfort.

The Vortex Trainer is a perfect complement to the more immersive Vortex Advantage. It allows learning organizations to start novices on the entry-level Vortex Trainer and then complement with seat time on the Vortex Advantage. The result is more seat time and better prepared operators.

The latest addition to the CM Labs training suite, the Vortex Trainer features the same exceptional quality as its more immersive simulators. “Effective training is such a key component of work site safety — we feel that providing professional-grade simulation-based training is the only responsible option,” says Drew Carruthers, CM Labs’ Product Manager.

The Vortex Trainer uses industrial-grade joysticks and steering wheels developed by manufacturers for cranes and heavy earthmoving equipment, and provides the same field-proven learning content delivered by CM Labs on all its training solutions.

Designed to complement training on the actual equipment, Vortex simulators provide a safe environment for novices to learn, while also allowing instructors to engage more students and provide more seat time. All CM Labs’ construction crane and heavy equipment operator training modules — including tower crane and mobile crane, to backhoe, wheel loader, excavator operations, and more — provide progressive learning exercises that range from beginner through to intermediate and advanced operations.

“With the Vortex Simulator,” says Tom Gordon, IUOE Local 14’s Co-Director of Journey Person and Apprenticeship Training, “we’ve noticed that when trainees get in the real equipment, they know what to expect — they know how to catch a load, and they know what’s going to happen.”

Attendees at the CONEXPO conference in Las Vegas can test-drive the Vortex Trainer at booth G72413 in the Gold Hall from March 7-11, 2017.

About CM Labs Simulations

For over 20 years, CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators and services have helped train crane and heavy equipment operators all over the world. Today, CM Labs is the largest simulator vendor in the market, with over 1,000 simulators in 30 countries deployed with Vortex software.

CM Labs’ feature-rich Vortex Simulators provide immersive, ultra-realistic learning environments that promote increased safety and operational efficiency, essential skills development, and reduced training costs. Developed by operators, trainers, and simulation experts, our standards-based solutions prepare operators for the real world.

Our clients include 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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