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CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex® training simulators, will allow ICUEE attendees to operate two different simulator platforms during the International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE), Oct. 1-2, in Louisville, Ky, at booth 4538.
The company will display the immersive Vortex Advantage and the entry-level Vortex Edge Plus simulators. Both simulators can run the company’s full catalog of lifting equipment and earthmoving equipment, commonly used by electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives. This includes simulations for boom trucks, mobile cranes, backhoes, excavators, and more. The training packs provide exercises for trenching, pipe placement, excavation around utilities, and more.
The Vortex Advantage can mirror an entire training fleet, with hot-swappable controls and pedals. It also adjusts to equipment-specific sight lines with a rotating 3-display option or the immersive 5-display option. With industrial-grade seating and controls, and a motion platform, it reproduces the feel of equipment in motion, including vibration, impact, acceleration, and overload conditions.
Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Program, an organisation devoted to assuring a steady supply of qualified workers to the electrical industry, has deployed Vortex Advantage. “It feels highly realistic, which helps our students get invested in the scenarios they’re working on. That makes these simulators an extremely effective training tool, as the skills they acquire transfer over to the work site,” said Robbie Foxen, executive director of the Missouri Valley program.