• CM labs – Construction Hardware – Vortex Edge Plus

    Vortex Edge Plus

    Professional simulator training on the desktop

Vortex Edge Plus Overview

Designed for maximum portability and simple set up, the desktop Vortex Edge Plus simulator makes it easy and affordable for organizations to run CM Labs’ full catalogue of construction and forestry equipment training packs anytime, anywhere. It is the ideal training solution for the classroom or on the go, and a great way to quickly assess the skill level of heavy equipment operators. Its ease of transport makes the Vortex Edge Plus an optimal hands-on tool for attracting talent at job fairs and career development events.

Vortex Edge Plus: Unique Training Benefits


Train anywhere

Thanks to its lightweight design, the Vortex Edge Plus can be easily transported and set up within minutes, providing access to practical heavy equipment training or assessment anywhere at any time. All components, from the pedals to the operator controls, steering wheel, monitor and workstation-class laptop can be transported in optional carrying cases and ergonomically positioned for optimal trainee comfort. It’s the ideal tool for distanced learning and even allows equipment operators to train or upskill from their own homes.

Complete training solution

The Vortex Edge Plus simulator is a complete training solution that can run CM Labs’ full fleet of earthmoving, lifting and forestry equipment training packs. This includes the Excavator, Backhoe, Dozer, Wheel Loader, Motor Grader, Luffing Tower Crane, Flat-top Tower Crane, Mobile Crane, Crawler Crane, Forwarder and Harvester.

It can also be paired with an optional Instructor Operating Station (IOS) for instructor-led training. With the IOS, instructors can control the training right from their seat and do everything from launching exercises and manipulating the weather, to injecting machine faults, providing hand signals as well as customizing scores and generating reports. The simulator can also connect to other Vortex simulators, as well as CM Labs’ Signalperson Station, for collaborative crew training.  


Optimized operator training

The Vortex Edge Plus simulator runs on the same engineering-grade software that powers CM Labs’ fully immersive Vortex Advantage simulator, used by training schools and fleet owners internationally. This means that all simulated machine components behave as they do in the real world, whether operators are digging a trench, delimbing a tree or catching a swing. The Vortex Edge Plus complements the entry level motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max and the full-immersion Vortex Advantage simulators perfectly. It allows organizations to engage novices on the desktop, and then complement training with more immersive seat time.

Equipment training packs

Our training packs feature self-guiding, progressive learning programs, and best-of-class simulation, from cranes to excavators. With operator metrics captured at every step, they provide the most comprehensive simulator training available on the market.

Vortex Edge Series: Affordable tools for operator skill development

The Vortex Edge Series of simulators are entry-level solutions that make it simple and affordable for organisations to leverage the latest in innovative technology for operator skills development. Easy to transport and set up, they are ideal for organisations looking to explore simulation for the first time.

Vortex Advantage: Best-in-class training for work site efficiencies

The Vortex Advantage is designed to provide the most immersive simulator training available today. It is a proven solution that leads directly to transferable skills and measurable work site efficiency increases.

E-book Series: Your Complete Guide to Construction Equipment Training Simulators​​

When simulators are deployed for training, savings add up rapidly. Organisations are also realizing long-term financial and safety benefits … all much sooner than you might expect.

Download our e-book series, Your Complete Guide to Construction Equipment Simulators, for a wealth of tips and guidance for determining your simulation requirements, and the timeline of benefits you can expect.

  • “It allows the student to go through the [NCCCO] course and practice as much as they want without getting on a real crane.”

    Del Mar College
  • “One of the biggest selling points for me was the immersiveness of the five screens.”

    IUOE Local 178
  • “Once I got on the Vortex simulator, I realized what a great tool it could be for us here.”

    IUOE Local 14