Time is money, so having a machine unavailable to work in the middle of a job just isn’t an option. And according to a recent study by a leading OEM, that downtime can cost $500 or more per day per machine. In fact, the same study makes clear that in 7 out of 10 cases, machine downtime is caused by human error and that’s why proper operator training is so important.
Regarding simulation for training, that means having the right kind of simulated tasks, the right kind of task progression, and the right way of evaluating simulated work based on as many as 65 Performance Indicators that comprehensively measure quality and productivity.
At Simlog, the “Instructional Design” of each Personal Simulator also takes into account best-in-class practices from leading operator training professionals and the standardized demonstration of skills tests from key “normative” organizations including the NCCER, the NCCCO, the National Safety Council, and OSHA.
No “games”, no OEM sales tools, just professional operator training products. And after more than twenty years in business, we are the world-wide standard in cost-effective simulation.
How Simlog Can Help
Good operators run their machines more productively, and at reduced cost. And that’s why “getting” good operators is key to making your business better.
Make better hiring decisions: double check skills first
When hiring a new employee, true qualifications are typically “discovered” when work begins at the first job site, at the controls of your real equipment. And that’s because Human Resources don’t have the necessary expertise to ask the right questions. Worse, CVs often contain misleading elements that exaggerate competencies or responsibilities.
Double checking operating skills, before hiring, is easy to do with our Personal Simulator, since Human Resources can simply compare simulation results with benchmarks (target values) established by your best operators. Since everyone does the very same simulated work, this really is a case of “apples and apples”.
Pre-screen for operator aptitude when promoting from within
Industrial psychologists have learned that operating heavy equipment requires a combination manual dexterity, eye/hand coordination, depth perception, and spatial “reasoning”. Unfortunately, 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 evaluate this aptitude, something especially important when promoting from within, to see if someone who already has the right attitude has also got enough aptitude to make training worthwhile.
Better prepare new operators for real seat-time
Watching movies of equipment at work, or sitting beside an experienced operator in the cab, only goes so far. And that’s because acquiring skills is all about learning by doing.
But training at the controls of real equipment is dangerous, and expensive. Operating costs are high, supervisors must be paid, and mistakes mean equipment is damaged. And there will always be details that are specific to the particular makes and models that you are using for that training.
Instead, our Personal Simulators are “generic” and teach core skills, making it easy to proceed to “hands-on” training on a variety of real equipment.
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. And this documentation will help you increase accountability, and reduce legal liability, if something happens later.
And that’s because our Instructional Designs take into account best in class practices from leading training professionals from around the world, along with certification guidelines from key standards organizations such as NCCER for construction equipment, NCCCO for cranes, and OSHA for forklifts.
That’s a “virtual seat” for the drill-and-practice needed to acquire the necessary muscle memory and gain the necessary self-confidence.
And by making sure that your new operators have learned good habits well enough before they “graduate” to the controls of your real equipment, the real seat-time training becomes
- Safer, because “accidents” now happen at the simulator
- Better, because students are learning to do things right, at the simulator
- Faster, because your students reach their performance targets sooner. That means less “wear and tear” on your equipment, leading to lower maintenance and repair costs
- Cheaper, thanks to all of the above
In this way, training costs go down, training quality goes up, and your new operators are more “job ready”!
Help experienced operators refresh their skills
At many companies, people aren’t at the controls every day, so Simlog products can help them regain confidence in their operating skills in a “just in time” way.
Such skills “refreshing” is also important for people who are cross-training, or getting ready to step in when your regular operators are unavailable (on holiday, recovering from an illness, etc.).
Reveal bad operating habits (and help develop new right ones)
An experienced operator keeps doing the very same (wrong) thing until the day other things are different, and then all of a sudden there’s an “incident” or worse, a real accident.
Use your Personal Simulator to help reveal the bad habits of that experienced operator, and then develop new right ones, all according to best in class practices.
Monitor progress onsite and offsite
Larger companies typically have multiple site offices, and it becomes hard for Human Resources to keep track of what’s going in.
With our Simulation Manager, simulation results are saved in a database file, indexed by user, each with a unique login name. Where there are multiple Personal Simulators deployed together, just one Simulation Manager is needed because all of simulation results will be saved in the same database.
Simlog also offers a free Viewer so that people at other locations can review the same simulation results, using a local copy of that database file.
Bring new visibility to your company
Give your company new visibility in your community at regional events, even job fairs, with a unique simulator-based presence. Just watch the lineups form!
Join a world-wide community of leading industry professionals
Becoming a Simlog customer means joining a growing community of leading private sector and public sector equipment owner operators 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.