Port Crane simulators provide flexible solutions to meet your educational needs with a wide variety of options to choose from. These simulators replicate a wide variety of operating conditions, using hands-on experience operating crane in difficult and demanding conditions.
Mobile Crane Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Backhoe Loader Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a backhoe loader (BHL), also called “Loader Backhoe” and “Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB), at work in a typical construction site.
Both SAE and ISO joystick patterns are available, and changing the point of view during the simulation is easy with joystick buttons, keyboard function keys and mouse controls.
Training efficiency is delivered through a modular Instructional Design that teaches real skills for productive and safe equipment operations in the field.
Special configuration parameters allow instructors to modify the 3D modelling to select one of five possible color combinations, and set the number of lift arm cylinders to one or two. This flexibility makes the simulated Backhoe Loader look like the equipment sold by all the leading OEMs.
Other configuration parameters make it possible to set up just one display where space is limited, or three displays to create a much larger field of view. Also unique to Simlog, a rear display can be added to teach new operators to turn their heads when backing up.
And unique to Simlog, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC! Either use your own computer, or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the Simlog software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
- Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics
- 9 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty
- 62 Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work
- 2 Procedure and Fatal errors to detect incorrect and unsafe operator actions
- Many kinds of USB-ready simulator controls and mounting options
- SAE and ISO Joystick Patterns supported
- Support for multiple displays
- Configuration parameters to modify the 3D modelling and set the number of lift arm cylinders
- Viewpoints from inside and outside the cabin that can be changed during simulation
- HD Instructional Video for each Simulation Module
- e-book Instructional Companion
Mobile Crane Personal Simulator Replica Controls
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Mobile Crane Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both tabletop mounting and Simlog’s Operator Chair. In both cases, two configurations are possible.
Joystick Style Replica Controls
Joystick-based controls feature two USB-ready multi-purpose joysticks that may also be used with many other Personal Simulators. tabletop mounting brackets will bring the joysticks down to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cabin of real cranes.
Lever Style Replica Controls
Lever-based controls instead feature four USB-ready levers, as found in the cabins of boom trucks and older cranes. Once again, tabletop mounting brackets can be used to better mimic the positioning of real levers in the cabin of real cranes.
Here we present four sample setups for Replica Controls. The first sample setup presents a single display in front that is wall-mounted in landscape mode and the second sample setup presents three displays in front arranged side-by-side on the table in landscape mode. (Note that in portrait mode, you can see more up-and-down but less side-to-side, compared to landscape mode.) The third sample setup features three displays in portrait mode with lever-based controls. The final setup presents three displays in front arranged side-by-side on the table in landscape mode, and a fourth display for the signal person.
Four Sample Set-Ups
- A single display in front that is wall-mounted in landscape mode
- Three displays in front arranged side-by-side on the table in landscape mode
- Three displays in portrait mode with lever-based controls
- Three displays in front arranged side-by-side on the table in landscape mode, and a fourth display for the signal person
(Note that in portrait mode, you can see more up-and-down but less side-to-side, compared to landscape mode.)
For all setups, Simlog’s Custom Travel Case makes transportation easy.
- Made-to-measure, with dedicated slots for levers, joysticks, pedals, steering wheel, and table-top mounting brackets
- Space for a laptop PC, cables, and documentation
- Pull-out handle, with multiple positions
- Wheels (casters)
- Cases are “stackable”, for easy transport.
- Overall dimensions: 30″ (76cm) x 24″ (61cm) x 19″ (50cm)
- Approximate weight: 50 lbs. (23 kg) when empty, up to 100 lbs. (46 kg) when full (depending upon the Replica Controls.)
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls offers a superior simulation experience to train Backhoe Loader operators thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands, and an adjustable steering column. All are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.
The industrial steering wheel is mounted on a column that telescopes and easily pivots to numerous angles and it includes three industrial pedals.
If you already have a Simlog Operator Chair that you are using with some other Personal Simulator, then you may be able to re-configure that Operator Chair by purchasing additional elements.
- Authentic industrial operator seat, with air suspension, and seat-belt
- Adjustable seat position (forward/backwards, three vertical positions)
- Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)
- Integrated left and right consoles for joystick controls
- Full steering column with pivot and telescope capabilities
- Fully functional industrial style pedals
- Steel platform with heavy-duty casters for easy portability
- Overall Dimensions: L 60” (152.4 cm) x W 34” (86.4 cm) x H 47” (119.4 cm)
- Weight: 385 lbs. (175 kg)
- Shipping Dimensions: 67″ (170.2 cm) x 43″ (109.2 cm) x 44″ (118.8 cm)
- Shipping Weight: approximately 550 lbs. (250 kg) One unit per skid, not stackable
- 120 VAC/60 Hz, 220-240VAC/50 Hz
Vibration increases the realism of our Personal Simulators by adding physical (tactile) feedback to the audio and visual, making the experience more “immersive” at little additional cost, especially when compared to a motion platform.
The vibration that you feel is generated from the simulation software’s audio system as things happen. Engine idling, collisions with obstacles, digging virtual terrain, etc. can all be seen, heard and experienced! Adding vibration improves the realism of the simulation and makes the simulator-based training more compelling, encouraging trainees to be more serious and learn more carefully.
For our Operator Chairs, Simlog offers a vibration system that includes the “ButtKicker Simulation Kit” plus special mounting for the operator seat. The “ButtKicker” is a low-frequency sound transducer equipped with its own amplifier and “volume” controller to change the “force” of the vibration created by the simulation software sounds.
The following Simulation Modules present training scenarios typical of real backhoe loaders:
- Controls Familiarization
- Bucket Positioning, for driving forwards and backwards with separate targets for the loader and backhoe buckets
- Stockpiling, to move material from a digging zone to a dumping zone with the loader bucket
- Truck Loading – Loader, using rocks
- Following Grade, with the backhoe
- Truck Loading – Backhoe, using rocks
- Buried Utilities – Parallel Excavation, piping is aligned with the positioning of the Backhoe Loader
- Buried Utilities – Perpendicular Excavation
Key Performance Indicators
Key “Performance Indicators” measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed. With 62 Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score. They include execution time, bucket orientation errors, hydraulic slams and collisions.
A variety of incorrect operating conditions will trigger “Procedure Errors”, such as driving “out of bounds”. Finally, conditions related to safety receive special attention: a Backhoe Loader overturn condition will trigger “Fatal Errors” and the simulation immediately stops.
Simulation results are automatically saved, along with the occurrence of any “Procedure Error” or “Fatal Error”, so trainees can progress at their own pace without trainer supervision. To simplify the record keeping, Simlog offers a database product called Simulation Manager, and the same database can be used with all of our Personal Simulators.
Low Total Cost of Ownership
Real affordability, that’s how Simlog sets the standard in cost-effective simulation. The fact is, training with our Personal Simulator is a fraction of the cost of training with a real Backhoe Loader, especially considering that even small accidents due to operator inexperience can mean thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime. And the purchase of the simulation software license is a one-time fee, to keep the total cost of ownership as low as possible, with no restrictions on the number of people that you can train.
Quick Return on Investment
The software license, a one-time fee, will pay for itself when you train just a handful of new operators. How? Consider the rising costs of putting a real Backhoe Loader to work with a qualified instructor, the damage and downtime that inexperience can cause, and finally the risk of possible injury. That’s why it just makes sense to prepare new operators with Simlog help.
Take students from the classroom to the virtual work-site, as they explore their aptitude, develop real skills and learn safety-conscious habits.
Simlog is the world leader in providing affordable and effective PC-based simulation software for heavy equipment operator training in mining, construction, material handling and forestry. Called Personal Simulators, only Simlog’s products leverage the power of today’s PCs with the variety of USB-ready setup options needed to suit a range of training budgets. With hundreds of training service providers and equipment owner/operators around the world training thousands of people every year, Simlog products have been proven to reduce training costs, increase operator productivity, and help minimize the safety risks associated with operator inexperience.
With Simlog, you’ll find the right kind of simulated tasks, the right kind of task progression, and the right way of evaluating simulated work, thanks to comprehensive Performance Indicators that measure quality and productivity.
How Simlog can help:
- Introduce new career choices
- Evaluate operator aptitude
- Better prepare students for real seat-time
- Bring new visibility to your training program
- Join a world-wide community of leading education professionals
With Simlog, your students will be learning the right way to do things, thanks to “best practices” input from our OEM partners and training professionals just like you. So you’ll find the right kind of simulated tasks, the right kind of task progression, and the right way of evaluating the simulated work. Add Simulation Manager software to track each students results and competencies as they progress through the training.
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Introduce new career choices
Expose your students to a possible career operating heavy equipment, and set them on the path to high-paying jobs. Our Personal Simulators will provide a learning environment that encourages skills exploration, with students learning in a self-managed way. And having fun along the way will foster a completely new attitude toward learning!
Evaluate operator aptitude
Operating heavy equipment requires a combination of “psycho-motor” ability (manual dexterity), “sensory/perceptual” ability (depth perception), and “cognitive” ability (spatial reasoning). Unfortunately, studies show that up to 30% of training candidates don’t have enough and for that reason, can never become fully proficient.
Our Personal Simulators will let you and your students evaluate this aptitude. This is especially important when training programs are over-subscribed, in order to use your training budget as wisely as you can.
Better prepare students for real seat-time
Training at the controls of real equipment is dangerous, and expensive. Operating costs are high, supervisors must be paid, and mistakes mean equipment that is damaged. And there will always be details that are specific to the particular makes and models that you have.
Instead, our Personal Simulators are “generic” and will teach your students core skills, making it easy to proceed to “hands-on” training on a variety of real equipment
And by preparing your students at the controls of our Personal Simulators, the real seat-time training becomes
- Safer, because “accidents” now happen at the simulator
- Better, because students learn to do things right at the simulator, and gain confidence in their operating skills
- Faster, because your students reach their performance targets sooner
- Cheaper, thanks to all of the above
In this way, training costs go down, training quality goes up, and graduates are more employable!
Bring new visibility to your training program
Use your Personal Simulator to promote your training program in your community, and improve your recruiting efforts. Just set things up at local events such as job fairs, or at middle schools as part of “out-reach” efforts, and watch the lineups form!
Join a world-wide community of leading education professionals
Becoming a Simlog customer means joining a growing community of leading educational organizations around the world, all dedicated to improving heavy equipment operator training. Share simulation benchmarks, best practices, and suggestions to help Simlog make our Personal Simulators even better.
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