CM Labs Simulations, a vendor for simulation-based training in the construction and ports industries, has announced the release of the Digger Derrick Simulator Training Pack. This solution replicates machine stability and engine behavior for operator training. The Training Pack supports organizations in the utilities market addressing industry issues such as operator safety, sustainability and equipment maintenance.
CM Labs’ Digger Derrick Training Pack offers a safe alternative for training while mitigating several factors that typically result from inexperienced handling.
The Training Pack’s learning exercises gradually build skill and include lessons that help prepare for certification testing, such as the Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA) crane exam. Trainees work on skills such as controls familiarization, as well as auger and pole control and setting. Performance metrics tracked during training exercises include safety violations and fuel efficiency.
“Safety was the No. 1 consideration when designing our Digger Derrick Training Pack. Created in collaboration with our subject matter experts, the exercises offer operators a chance to practice risky maneuvers within the safety of our simulator,” said Alan Limoges, product manager at CM Labs.
Applying CM Labs’ proprietary Smart Training Technology, the simulation replicates machine behavior—providing real-world training opportunities to help support safety and reduce the risk of accidents. Users gain an understanding of engine actions and machine stability during drilling and pole setting. Better understanding of the hydraulics, boom backlash and deflections, tipping behavior, as well as cable and hook during drilling and pole setting, combined with the earth (ground) simulation guides proper maneuvers. The training pack replicates true engine vibrations and sounds, including hydraulics, variable RPMs, drilling, horns and crane overload alarms that are audio cues for safe operation.
The Digger Derrick Training Pack is compatible with all of CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators, including the desktop Vortex Edge Plus, the motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max and the high-immersion Vortex Advantage. The simulator training is part of CM Labs’ range of lifting machines for training centers or organizations in the utilities market.