Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Joy Global Simulators Win First Place at Sasol Techno X

Sasol Techno X is science, math and technology exposition held every year in Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Techno X is:
"an exhibition that focuses on displays, workshops, tours, talks and hands-on activities aimed at enthusing learners, students and the general public about the endless possibilities of science and technology".
The exposition aims to:
"expose, at a practical level, the many facets of technology and encourage learners to explore the wide range of exciting disciplines and career choices that science, maths and technology offer".
Techno X is sponsored by Sasol Limited (NYSE:SSL), an international energy and chemicals company that develops and commercializes technologies, and builds and operates facilities that produce liquid fuels and chemicals.

This year's winner in the business category was Joy Global, demonstrating their ProMiner Training Simulator, a suite of 3D equipment training simulators developed by ForgeFX Simulators. The simulator allows operators to master the equipment controls and become familiar with the spatial challenges posed by the mining environment – before they ever step foot on a mine site.

Joy Global Training Simulators at Sasol TechnoX 2015
Joy Global Africa participating in this Sasol TechnoX 2015 in Secunda, Mpumalanga.
To help explain their business, Joy Global brought a number of training simulators with them to Techno X. The training simulators are a great option when the cost of transporting the real-world equipment is prohibitively high, or the risks to new operators makes hands-on use too risky.
 
Joy Global Training Simulators at TechnoX 2015
Techno X attracted over 3000 students each day from the Mpumalanga area.
 
The simulator gives both new and veteran operators the ability to safely train for the operation of multiple pieces of equipment, removing the risk of costly mistakes and keeping real-world machinery in production.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Simulator-Based Training Program Leads to Increased Productivity

US Coal Miner training program achieves 12% improvements in room and pillar production 

http://www.mining.com/web/us-coal-miner-training-program-achieves-12-improvements-in-room-and-pillar-production/

Steep declines in the price of coal have created an emphasis for existing operators to boost their productivity. A recent simulator based training initiative by an underground coal mine in the eastern region of the United States aimed at Continuous Miner Operators led to nearly one million dollars in production improvements in just 90 days. The training program targeted 16 Continuous Miner operators from eight different room and pillar mines.

Simulation-Based Training Leads to Increased Productivity
Continuous miner operator receiving simulation-based training to increase productivity.
Real world performance was measured as Feet Per Shift (FPS) with an average improvement of 12% on Continuous Miner Operator productivity. Based off the shifts worked by each operator in the 90 days following training, their increased FPS and the profitability for the surplus production the training investment yielded a return of over USD $900,000.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

JLG Industries Aerial Work Platform Training Simulators by ForgeFX

ForgeFX is proud to be a simulator development partner of JLG Industries, Inc., the world's leading designer and manufacturer of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and other access equipment. The huge success JLG has achieved presents them with a challenge, how to provide training for such a large number of new operators. An interactive training simulator, which is widely deployable, is precisely what JLG needed in order to meet this challenge.

JLG Industries Aerial Work Platform Training Simulators
JLG Industries Aerial Work Platform Training Simulators by ForgeFX
JLG Industries Aerial Work Platform Training Simulators by ForgeFX
Certain equipment and processes are the best candidates for interactive 3D simulation-based training. The first criteria is high-value machinery. Simulation-based training makes the most sense when the relative cost to develop the simulation is low in comparison to the cost of the equipment itself. The next criteria relates to spatial relations. 3D interactive simulations make the most sense for equipment which operates in the context of its surrounding environment, and are themselves complex in their layout and difficult to represent with flat paper-based training materials. JLG's aerial work platforms meets all of these criteria, allowing simulation-based training to yield a large return on investment.

JLG Adds Custom Simulator to its Training Tools
JLG Industries has added a lift and access equipment simulator to its arsenal of teaching tools at its recently expanded training center in McConnellsburg, PA. The simulator employs advanced gamification learning to familiarize operators with the controls and operation of the JLG 800S telescopic boom lift. The equipment simulator virtually replicates JLG’s proving grounds at its customer training center, a four-acre tract of land that includes obstacle courses designed to train participants in the operation of JLG equipment.

JLG Simulator Starts Training at the Safest Height
JLG Aerial Work Platform Training Simulator
JLG Adds Custom Simulator to Its Training Tools
At their facility in McConnellsburg, PA, JLG has created a testing and training facility that duplicates many aspects of a typical real-world job site. To train on site with experts at the proving grounds is an invaluable experience. However, the real-world proving grounds can’t handle the volume, nor can everyone handle the expense of on-site travel and training. In the JLG Equipment Simulator, ForgeFX has created a true-to-life replica of the Proving Grounds, allowing an unlimited number of students to gain much of what is gained in the real-world experience.

Training for boom lift operation presented controls familiarization and spatial awareness challenges. ForgeFX met these challenges for JLG by developing the JLG Equipment Training Simulator allowing operators to learn and practice both safety and productivity in a virtual environment.

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