Thursday, March 28, 2013

P&H Shovel Simulator One of the Most Impressive Exhibits at MINExpo

A recent article in the Las Vegas Sun lists the mining shovel training simulator developed by ForgeFX for P&H Mining as one of the most impressive exhibits at MINExpo. MINExpo International is a trade show sponsored by the National Mining Association. The show exhibits the latest mining and minerals processing technologies, and state-of-the-art machinery and equipment for the coal, metal and nonmetal mining processing industries.
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P&H Mining Shovel Operator Training Simulator. Photograph by Steve Marcus
"Among the most impressive exhibits are a train locomotive, a 4,000-horsepower Cummins engine and a Pro-Miner P&H Shovel Simulator that gives operators a chance to dig and dump dirt without getting dirty."
Read the article: 200-ton dump trucks, massive payloaders move into Las Vegas Convention Center for MINEXpo.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ForgeFX Develops Mining Training Simulator for P&H Mining

P&H Mining Equipment, an operating subsidiary of Joy Global Inc., hired ForgeFX to develop a custom virtual training simulator for their electric rope shovels. P&H Mining designs and manufactures mining equipment for the worldwide mining industry. This training simulator improves operator efficiency, reduces training and associated equipment damage costs, and increases revenue by maximizing operator efficiency. ForgeFX's custom 3D training simulators deliver hands-on learning experiences and simulated practice sessions, teaching the skills required to operate heavy equipment quickly and safely, increasing job site productivity.
Mining Training Simulator
Operator Training Simulator
The shovel training simulator helps operators learn to safely move more material in less time, maximizing a mining operation's bottom-line. The simulator allows operators to master the controls of the equipment, as well as the spatial relations challenges posed by the mining environment, before they ever step foot in a mine site. The training simulator can quickly and safely produce operators that will have fewer accidents, preform their jobs faster, and work more confidently. With this highly efficient workforce in place, mining operations are able to move more materials in less time, reducing their cost of production, and leading directly to an increase in profit.

Read more about this mining equipment operator training simulator: Shovel Training Simulator.

Training Simulators Shine at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting took place last week in Chicago, with a huge showing of new virtual reality training simulators.

ToLTech presented their knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery training simulator, possibly one of the highest fidelity surgical simulators available today. The simulator leverages a unique cryosectioning technique that allows for 1/10th millimeter resolution. In addition, it uses a sophisticated finite element modeling techniques to produce accurate real‐time deformations in response to flexion/extension and varus/valgus forces made by the trainee.

Surgical Training Simulator
ArthroSim Arthroscopy Training Simulator

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center presented a scientific exhibit titled: Telementoring: Augmented Reality in Orthopedic Education. The exhibit demonstrated the use of a Virtual Interactive Presence device to help teach arthroscopic surgery. A Virtual Interactive Presence device allows a geographically remote person to deliver real-time virtual assistance to another individual over the internet.

A 3D printing exhibit demonstrated how doctors can now make custom plastic bone models in a fast, inexpensive way. Doctors can use the model as a template to build a negative polymethyl methacrylate mold of the glenoid, which can then be sterilized and taken with them to the operating room to use as a reaming template.

As computers and internet speeds get faster, and hardware and software components become more affordable, virtual reality training simulators will take on a larger and larger role in the medical community. Surgeons can now practice, perform, and gain assistance from 3D simulator technology - all of which contribute to a more highly trained workforce, while alleviating a tremendous amount of the risk and cost associated with training for surgical procedures.