Sunday, March 24, 2019

JLG Partners with ForgeFX Simulations to Develop Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG® Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, will showcase its new AccessReady XR® Operator Training simulator at the ARA Show, February 18-20 in Anaheim, California, at booth #5441. This launch to the commercial market will offer JLG customers the ability to train and improve the skills of boom lift equipment operators in a safe, virtual environment.


JLG AccessReady XR provides virtual reality-based training for operators of all skill levels, with everything from controls familiarization to machine operation and advanced spatial awareness challenges. This type of immersive training optimizes the learning experience while preparing operators to efficiently use the controls and familiarize themselves with boom lift operation.

The simulator launch is the result of a year-long global pilot program that included introductions of the technology at numerous trade-show events, in addition to volumes of global customer feedback, designed to enhance the experience. The simulator was developed in partnership with ForgeFX Simulations, which specializes in 3D and visualization software.

“It’s been a privilege to pilot the AccessReady XR system for JLG this past year,” said Steve Wozniak, product support representative for Cloverdale Equipment Company. “My customers look forward to working with the VR kit at operator training classes. I’ve found it to be an extremely helpful training tool overall, but especially with my novice personnel. Putting them in the JLG VR system gives them real-world experience in a safe environment.”

“We are excited to bring this revolutionary virtual reality training program to our customers,” said Rick Smith, senior director, global product training for JLG Industries. “After years of testing, we feel this technology will help train boom lift operators faster and more effectively, which will significantly help to improve safety and job site performance.”

JLG is committed to helping customers meet and exceed new ANSI standards through machine design, safe use, and training. The AccessReady XR Operator Training simulator is the newest addition to the company’s growing training portfolio. This includes easy-to-access training courses to ensure operators and supervisors are compliant with standards.

Benefits of the JLG AccessReady XR Operator Training simulator include:
  • Safe environment for training operators
  • Increased “hands-on” controls training for reduced time to proficiency
  • Improved quality of practice time, allowing operators to experience real-life applications more quickly
  • Reduced trainee idle time to increase practice while evaluations are performed
  • Reduced evaluation time, since knowledge of the controls occurs faster
  • Real-time feedback to accelerate training knowledge
Other key features of the JLG AccessReady XR Operator Training Program include real-world controls, “virtual hands” (unique to JLG), a networked multi-user mode, multiple training environments (including proving grounds and construction sites), selectable virtual avatars for multi-user scenarios, an instructor-led mode, and tools to create unique password-protected scenarios and customized performance metrics.

The JLG AccessReady XR package includes:
  • 4′ JLG 800S platform with controls and foot switch
  • HTC Vive VR headset with headphones and Leap Motion camera
  • HTC Vive sensors and tracker
  • VR-ready PC pre-loaded with JLG AccessReady XR software
  • Keyboard with touch pad and monitor for PC
  • Portable cabinet for housing the PC and VR components
  • System setup and operating instructions
For more information on the JLG AccessReady XR Operator Training Program and how to purchase, visit www.jlg.com/ARXRFor more information about JLG, visit the website at www.jlg.com. For more information about ForgeFX Simulations, visit www.forgefx.com.

Press Release: https://www.jlg.com/en/news-events/press-releases/2019/accessready-xr-feb18

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ForgeFX Simulations Delivers Virtual Reality Training Simulator to Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

ForgeFX Simulations is proud to be a training simulator vendor for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), a government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area. WMATA provides rapid transit service under the Metrorail name, more commonly referred to as a Metro, the third-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in terms of passenger trips. ForgeFX developed this rail operator training simulator for Metro heavy rail rapid transit system operators in order to train operators faster and for a fraction of the cost, all within a safe, risk-free virtual environment.

 

https://www.newswire.com/news/forgefx-simulations-delivers-virtual-reality-training-simulator-to-20687818 

WMATA hired ForgeFX to develop a 3D immersive computer simulation to help change operator behavior for the better. The simulator helps Metro operators by increasing risk awareness and hazard identification to improve proactive problem solving and greatly enhance equipment operator training. Leveraging high-fidelity graphics, an immersive virtual reality-based environment, and a fully interactive virtual facsimile of the prime mover allows WMATA and ForgeFX to deploy a highly-effective training simulator the helps improve operator’s critical thinking as well as command and control of railway procedures and protocols. 

http://forgefx.com/simulation-projects/public-transportation-heavy-rail-training-simulator/

The Metro Training Simulator allows users to implement the startup procedure, including everything from checking the load, to testing the air dump button, to removing the chocks. The simulation integrates switching logic to enable the user to throw switches manually in order to begin to move from a start position to the main line, while observing and avoiding foul points. The trainee is able to disembark from the train, walk to a switch, throw the switch, and return to the cabin to control the train which follows the track according to the switching logic.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Non-Gaming VR #14: Fulfilling the Potential of XR in Education

Thank you to HTC for hosting the Non-Gaming VR meetup a couple of weeks ago, and to everyone who worked to make the event happen. We had a blast participating, and our CEO, Greg Meyers, thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the panel and taking part in the discussion.



Over the last 10 years academia has been unprecedented change, with the advent of online courses taking an important place in society. With the rise of immersive technology, companies are working hard to transform the way educational institutions, individuals and companies learn and teach people.


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Thursday, September 06, 2018

JLG Virtual Reality Training Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

Check out the latest sizzle reel for the virtual reality training simulator that ForgeFX Simulations developed for JLG Industries — we hope you like it!


ForgeFX Simulations is proud to have developed this virtual reality training simulator for JLG Industries. The JLG equipment simulator provides VR-based training for operators of all skill levels, teaching everything from controls familiarization, to machine operation, to advanced spatial awareness challenges. Featuring 6 degrees of freedom VR, hand tracking, real-world controls integration, and networked multi-user cooperative training support, the simulator delivers an unparalleled immersive training experience.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pierce Aerial Tower Fire Truck Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

ForgeFX Simulations is honored to partner with Pierce Manufacturing, one of the largest fire apparatus producers in the world, to develop the Pierce Ascendant® 100 Heavy Duty Aerial Tower Fire Truck Simulator.

Pierce Manufacturing Ascendant 100' Heavy Duty Aerial Tower Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

The simulator helps Pierce’s customers experience the truck’s superior maneuverability, drivability, and operator functionality—without ever stepping foot into a physical truck.

Pierce Ascendant 100' Heavy Duty Aerial Tower Simulator by ForgeFX

ForgeFX Simulations worked closely with Pierce Manufacturing to develop this virtual reality (VR) based simulator for their Ascendant 100′ Heavy Duty Aerial Tower. Connected to the truck’s real physical controls, the simulation software immerses users in an interactive virtual environment where they are operating an Ascendant 100′ Heavy Duty Aerial Tower in virtual reality.

Read more: http://forgefx.com/industries/truck-manufacturing/fire-truck-simulator/

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Virtual Training in the Access Industry

Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, CA, May 30 - Jun 1, 2018. Augmented World Expo is the largest conference and exposition in the world for people working in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearable Technologies.

Rick Smith from JLG Industries and Greg Meyers from ForgeFX Simulations presented this session on using virtual reality for industrial equipment operator training. 

Link to session video: https://youtu.be/jDUnQG_m4iE



Link to session slides: https://www.slideshare.net/AugmentedWorldExpo/virtual-training-in-the-access-industry


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