Heavy Equipment Simulator Training

Build real skills with Vortex heavy equipment simulators

 

On a single simulator, operators can train for a variety of equipment types, including cranes, excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, concrete pumps, and more. See our complete range of crane simulators here.

Key training features:

  • Trainers can load multiple worksites
  • Training for novices and advanced operators
  • Add new machines or training scenarios at any time
  • Available in configurations of 1 to 5 screens

 

 

Heavy equipment simulators for multiple industries and applications

Here's just a short list of some of the heavy equipment simulated by Vortex:

  • Cranes: Tower, mobile, and lattice boom cranes based on actual crane models and with full controls and functionality; port cranes and shipboard cranes for simulation of crane dynamics, cable systems, load dynamics, lift operations, and ship/platform motion
  • Construction: Concrete pumps and wheeled or tracked earth-moving equipment like bulldozers, backhoes, graders, and dump trucks
  • Offshore: Knuckle boom offshore cranes; lattice boom offshore cranes; knuckle boom pipe-handler cranes; box-boom, gantry, and other lifting equipment
  • Ports: Ship-to-shore (STS)/quayside cranes, rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes, straddle carriers, mobile harbour cranes, reach-stackers and top-loaders, dock and ship pedestal cranes, forklifts, bulk-material handlers
     

You can easily change from one type of equipment to another through the simulator's swappable control design.
 

 

For a full listing of heavy equipment simulators, or to learn more, call +1 514 ­287-1166, or click the button below to get in touch with our training consultants.

 

 

Sample heavy equipment training scenarios

All Vortex equipment training scenarios are geared toward specific machine types. The example below is adapted from the Vortex Mobile Crane Simulator User Guide.

Vortex Equipment Simulator scenarios are organized from easiest to most difficult:

 

Hook Management—Beginner
Swing Hook Management
Boom Hook Management
Square Hook Management
V-Pattern
W-Pattern
Y-Pattern
Tire and Poles
Cleaning Windows
 
Load Handling—Intermediate
Stacking & Unloading Blocks
Unloading Close to Power Lines
Unloading in Building
Freeform—Intermediate/Advanced
Beam
Beams, Blocks, and Truck
Blocks and Large Cage
Cages
Container Only
Container
 
Structures—Advanced
Utility Pipes
Steel Structure
 
Tests—Advanced
CCO Course

 

Equipment operator trainees are scored based on a number of parameters, including elapsed time, fuel consumption, hook pendulum, alarms, and collisions (light/medium/serious).

 

Mobile Crane Operator Training Exercise #1: Swing Hook Management

 

Learning Objectives
Learn how to efficiently swing, control, and stop the hook at the specified locations.

Exercise
Start by lowering the boom. Then swing the boom and position the hook over multiple concrete blocks, and then repeat in the opposite direction.

Tips
Prevent the hook from going into pendulum by keeping it under the boom at all times. If the boom gets ahead of the hook, slow the swing to allow the hook to catch up, then proceed with the swing. Always slow the swing before you reach the target.

Acquired Skills Checklist

  • Swinging the boom smoothly and efficiently.
  • Preventing/controlling excessive pendulum.
  • Positioning the hook directly over targets.

 

 

Mobile Crane Operator Training Exercise #2: Boom Hook Management

 

Learning Objectives
Learn how to efficiently raise and lower the boom, while controlling and stopping the hook at the specified locations.

Exercise
Raise the boom and position the hook over multiple concrete blocks, then repeat in the opposite direction.

Tips
Prevent the hook from going into pendulum by keeping it under the tip of the boom at all times. If the boom gets ahead of the hook, slow the boom to allow the hook to catch up, then proceed with the boom. Always slow the boom before you reach the target. Try giving the initial boom direction, and use the foot throttle to accelerate or slow down the boom movement.

Acquired Skills Checklist
Before proceeding to the next scenario, ensure that you have mastered the following skills:

  • Booming smoothly and efficiently.
  • Raising and lowering the hook.
  • Preventing/controlling excessive pendulum.
  • Using the foot throttle.

 

 

For a full preview of equipment training exercises, call +1 514 ­287-1166, or contact us via the form below.

 

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