Monday, March 31, 2014

Training Simulators at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the ForgeFX Simulators booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG earlier this month in Las Vegas. We had a great time being part of the show by exhibiting the heavy equipment training simulators we've developed and encouraging attendees to jump aboard and take a virtual test drive. Training simulators were a big hit at CONEXPO this year and we enjoyed being one of the companies there demonstrating the benefits of virtual training simulators for heavy equipment operators.


Maureen, Shelly, Adam, David, and Greg from ForgeFX Simulations at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
From our tablet-based assembly simulation, to our laptop-based aircraft deicing trainer, to our platform-based electric rope shovel training simulator - we had a solution to serve just about every potential requirement that was thrown at us.


Virtual Rope Shovel Training Simulator
Maureen operating our virtual rope shovel training simulator.
In addition to the simulators that we had at our booth, our client Joy Global had the wheel loader simulator that we developed for them featured prominently at their booth. This simulator allows operators to train to operate the largest front-end wheel loader in the world, the LeTourneau 2350.
 


 
Joy Global Wheel Loader Training Simulator
David operating Joy Global's front-end wheel loader training simulator.

Simulators are great for training, but they're also great for trade shows, where it is not always practical to bring pieces of heavy equipment onto the show floor. Simulators allow companies to demonstrate their products virtually, greatly reducing their costs by removing the need to transport pieces of heavy equipment to show locations. Virtual simulators are also great for trade shows because you can allow attendees to get behind the controls of a machine and operate it right there on the floor, something you would never dream of doing with a real-world piece of equipment.

Construction Equipment Training Simulators

ForgeFX simulators were far from the only construction equipment training simulators at CONEXPO this year. A number of heavy equipment manufactures had training simulators on display, including Volvo, John Deere, Liebherr and Hyundai.


Volvo EC220 Excavator Simulator

Hyundai Training Simulators at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
Hyundai Robex Hydraulic Excavator Simulator

Hyundai Excavator Training Simulator
Hyundai excavator training simulator tutorial session.

Liehberr Rotary Drill Rig Simulator


John Deere Excavator Simulator

Heavy equipment manufacturers have realized that training simulators can deliver a huge return on investment to their customers and have jumped into the market with both feet. By providing simulators, you allow operators to train and become familiar with machine controls day or night, regardless of weather conditions - while using zero fuel and putting no wear-and-tear on real-world machinery. Simulators allow you to keep expensive machinery in production where it is making you money rather than being used for training.


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