Forklift Personal Simulator
Simlog’s new Forklift Personal Simulator Version 2 puts trainees at the controls of a typical sit-down, counterbalance factory forklift with rear-wheel steering (also called “lift truck” or “fork truck”).
We also have a Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator so you can train people to operate both kinds of lift trucks with our help.
Scenarios are typical of transportation service centres, factories, warehouses, and distribution centers, with a wide variety of loads and storage arrangements, along with truck bays for loading and unloading and a flatbed truck outside.
Designed to provide even more flexibility when training operators with different levels of skill, Version 2 introduces new and modified Simulation Modules to encourage safer operation practices and maximize productivity. The new modules feature exercises for driving in reverse with tall loads, and five new “Loading Docks” modules to work with loads of different sizes in double rows, and stacked and unstacked, to maximize cube utilization.
You can use three displays in front to create a field of view of 180 degrees, along with a fourth display behind, to teach people to turn their heads when backing up.
And unique to Simlog, all you need is one off-the-shelf computer! You can either use your own PC 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.
Forklift Personal Simulator Replica Controls
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Forklift Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both table-top mounting and Simlog’s Operator Chair. If you are a Simlog customer, you may be able to re-use the Replica Controls that you already have.
Since typical forklifts are equipped with three or four levers, you will need to use three or four USB-ready Forklift Levers. (The fourth lever controls the separation of the forks so if you use three levers instead of four, the simulation software will change the separation of the forks for you.) Simlog’s table-top mounting brackets will bring the joysticks down from table-top height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cabin of real heavy equipment.
To complete the Replica Controls, add the Logitech “G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel” consisting of a steering wheel and a three-pedal unit, and the “G920 Driving Force Shifter,” a gear shifter that can also be used with many other Personal Simulators. In most countries, the G920 is for sale in retail stores that sell computers or video games, but it may also be purchased from Logitech’s on-line store. Logitech’s previous version, the “G27 Racing Wheel” can still be used.
Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with a first display in front and a second display in back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up), one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in landscape mode and a fourth display in the back and one with three displays in portrait mode in front and a fourth display in back.
Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls
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.)
Forklift Personal Simulator Operator Chair
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls offers a superior simulation experience to train forklift 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.
Since typical forklifts are equipped with three or four levers, you will need to use three or four USB-ready Forklift Levers. (The fourth lever controls the separation of the forks so if you use three levers instead of four, the simulation software will change the separation of the forks for you.) The levers are mounted on the right console, using a special bracket. The industrial steering wheel is mounted on a column that telescopes and easily pivots to numerous angles. There is also a F/N/R Transmission Control Lever mounted on the steering column, like the controls of typical forklifts. The Operator Chair also 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 headrest, air suspension, and seat-belt
- Adjustable seat position (forward/backwards, three vertical positions)
- Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)
- Integrated consoles for Control Levers and viewpoint changing switches
- Steering column that can pivot and telescope, with integrated transmission control lever
- Fully functional industrial strength steering wheel and pedals
- Five possible pedal positions, to create the typical placements found in real operator cabins
- Steel platform with heavy-duty casters for easy portability
Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with a first display in front and a second display in back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up), one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in portrait mode and one with three displays in front and a fourth display in back.
- Overall Dimensions: L 60” (152.4 cm) x W 30” (76.2 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.
Multi-Purposing with Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator
Practically, stand-up reach lift trucks and sit-down counterbalance lift trucks are often found together, the first working indoors in racking systems that tall and narrow, while the second works indoors and sometimes outdoors to load and unload trucks.
For that reason, some Simlog customers will want to create a multi-purpose simulation station to combine Reach Lift Truck and (sit down counterbalance) Forklift Personal Simulators, for training people to operate both kinds of lift trucks.
This means using the same PC, the same displays (Reach Lift Truck needs just three, so one less than Forklift), the same speakers, and the same Simulation Manager.
After that, if you have Replica Controls, you will need a special tabletop mounting bracket to re-position the steering wheel and add a steering wheel knob to be able to turn the steering wheel with just the left hand, along with a Replica Control Joystick (we offer different models for horizontal or vertical positioning) and its tabletop mounting bracket for the right hand, and work standing up.
If instead you have an Operator Chair, you will need to replace the bracket (with the ball-tip levers) with a Replica Control multi-purpose joystick and mounting plate for the right hand, and add a steering wheel knob to be able to turn the Operator Chair’s steering wheel with just the left hand, and work sitting down.
Forklift Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Forklift simulation software is configurable, to reproduce the many different kinds of real forklifts. Three different power system options are available: Internal Combustion (gas-powered), and two versions of Electric. (Different simulator controls are required for each option, and the simulated forklift will also operate differently.) Use three or four levers, or even two joysticks, in addition to a steering wheel, transmission control lever, and pedals.
- Controls Familiarization
- Slalom 1, for driving forwards with standard loads
- Slalom 2, for driving forwards with oversized loads
- Slalom 3, for driving in reverse with extra tall loads
- Ramp Driving, for driving forwards and backwards up and down ramps, with and without loads
- Loading Docks 1 – Loading/Unloading Single Rows
- Loading Docks 2 – Loading Double Rows
- Loading Docks 3 – Unloading Double Rows
- Loading Docks 4 – Loading Double Rows, with Stacking
- Loading Docks 5 – Unloading Double Rows, with Stacking
- Loading Docks 6 – Loading, to Maximize Cube Utilization
- Selective Pallet Racks 1 – Low Shelves, to work with loads lower down on the factory floor and the first shelf
- Selective Pallet Racks 2 – Mixed Shelves, to also work with loads higher up on the second and third (top) shelves
- Working with Drive-In / Drive-Through Racks
- Working with oversized loads and Cantilever Racks and a Flatbed Truck, positioned outside
Viewpoints from Inside and Outside the Cabin
For viewpoints from inside the cabin, the forklift mast and cabin frame can be displayed as either opaque (like a real forklift) or semi-transparent, to improve the visibility of the forks and the area in front of the forklift, including loads, racks, and obstacles. An “overhead map” presents the position of the forklift, the loads to be moved, and their target positions, to make it possible to plan the work to be done. You can even change the point of view during the simulation using buttons on the simulator controls, keyboard keys, or the PC’s mouse.
Key Performance Indicators
Key “Performance Indicators” measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed. With 49 Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score. They include execution time, average and maximum driving speeds (forwards and backwards), measurements about how precisely loads are picked up and put down (errors in orientation, centering, etc.), and counting many kinds of collisions (forks, loads, shelves, etc.).
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 forklift overturn condition, or a load falling from a pallet or a shelf, 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.
First, the software license is a one-time purchase, with no restrictions on the number of people that you can train.
Second, Simlog software is designed to be used with off-the-shelf (Windows) PCs, displays, speakers, etc. And our USB-ready simulator controls incorporate no special interface or proprietary electronics, so they can be easily, and individually, replaced as needed over time.
Quick Return on Investment
The fact is, training with our Personal Simulator costs very little compared to training with a real forklift.
First, consider what you pay to own and operate that equipment, plus the time spent by your instructor to supervise the training. Then there are the costs associated with even small accidents due to inexperience, often thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime. There are merchandise costs too, because loads will inevitably be damaged or “lost”. Finally, there’s always the risk of injury (or worse).
Now compare all that to training with our Forklift personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!
Here we present just a few of the Forklift Personal Simulator videos from Simlog’s YouTube channel.