Forwarder Personal Simulator
The Forwarder Personal Simulator software puts you at the controls of a typical forwarder equipped with an articulated boom, telescoping extension, and free-swinging grapple attachment. You can even change the viewpoint during the simulation at the touch of a button.
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 or French.
Add a big screen display for “life size” graphics, and quality speakers for the audio feedback.
Replica Controls for Forwarder Personal Simulator
These Replica Controls from Simlog feature industrial strength components. There are a total of 8 push-buttons for the thumb, plus a trigger (not shown). The USB electronics are built right into the base.
The controls are multi-purpose, so they can be used with Simlog’s Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, Mobile Crane, Tower Crane, Forklift, Harvester, Forwarder, and Drill Jumbo Personal Simulators. This means that if you are a Simlog customer, you may be able to re-use the Replica Controls that you already have.
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 tabletop 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)
Operator Chair for Forwarder Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls is a cost-effective way to train forwarder operators with our Forwarder simulation software in a safe and realistic environment.
Compared to Replica Controls with Tabletop Mounting Brackets, Simlog’s Operator Chair offers a superior simulation experience, thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands, mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.
The Operator Chair is configured with Simlog’s Multi-Function Replica Controls consisting of USB-ready industrial joysticks that provide easy connectivity. The joysticks feature 8 push-buttons, plus a trigger, and are designed for use with many Simlog simulators. But 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 (forwards/backwards, three vertical positions)
- Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)
- Integrated consoles for left and right joysticks
- USB-ready Multi-Purpose Replica Controls
- Steel platform, with heavy-duty casters for easy portability
- Overall Dimensions: L 60” (152.4 cm) x W 30” (76.2 cm) x H 47” (119.4 cm)
- Weight: 330 lbs. (150 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.
To learn more and obtain pricing information, please contact Simlog.
OEM Controls for Forwarder Personal Simulator
For Simlog’s forwarder simulation software, we are pleased to offer the following OEM Controls.
Compared to Replica Controls, OEM controls offer the highest level of realism by featuring OEM components from the operator controls of real forwarders, in the form of PC joysticks with industrial control handles.
Note that the simulator controls may be used with Simlog’s table-top mounting brackets.
Forwarder Personal Simulator
Six (6) Simulation Modules of increasing level of difficulty begin by teaching basic skills and coordination in early exercises such as “Grapple Control” and “Log Loading 1”. Later Simulation Modules culminate skills training with advanced productivity exercises such as “Log Unloading 1 and 2.”
- Grapple Control 1
- Grapple Control 2
- Log Loading 1
- Log Loading 2
- Log Unloading 1
- Log Unloading 2
Key Performance Indicators
Key Performance Indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, including log loading and unloading times, errors in log positioning and orientation, and the number of collisions between the grapple and the forwarder cradle (and pickets). In this way, the feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score.
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 forwarder.
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 Forwarder personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!
Module 1: Grapple Control 1
The objective of this module is to learn to control the movements of the boom and grapple attachment by picking up logs on the ground (forest floor) and then placing them, with care, within a target on the ground.
Module 3: Log Loading 1
The objective of this module is to improve the control of the movements of the boom and grapple attachment by loading logs into the forwarder’s cradle from a single log pile without disturbing surrounding small branches (“brushl”).
Module 6: Log Unloading 2
The objective of this module is to improve the control of the movements of the boom and grapple attachment by unloading logs from the forwarder cradle and adding them to logs already piled on the ground.