Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator
Now even better! Version 2.5 of Simlog’s award-winning product brings significant improvements to the 3D modeling, simulated physics, graphics, and Simulation Modules to provide even more operator training help!
You can 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.
Now use 3 Displays to create a field of view of 180 degrees. (You can still use just one display, if space is limited.)
And unique to Simlog, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC!
Replica Controls for Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both Table-Top Mounting and Simlog’s new Operator Chair. The joystick model is multi-purpose, and may also be used with many Personal Simulators. (Replica Controls fitted with real hydraulic excavator control handles are also available.) Table-top mounting brackets bring the joysticks down to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cabin of real heavy equipment.
Simlog has also developed a USB-ready Replica Controls Pedal Unit with the very same shape and toe-down/heel-down action of real hydraulic excavator pedals. Having these pedals will enhance the overall effectiveness of your excavator operator training program and reduce your training costs, by helping trainees learn the hands-and-feet coordination required to operate real hydraulic excavators. (If you choose to not have pedals, the joysticks alone can be used as travel levers.)
Here are three possible arrangements, one with a single display in front that is wall-mounted, one with three displays in landscape mode and one with three displays in portrait mode.
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 Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls is a cost-effective way to train excavator operators, with our Hydraulic Excavator simulation software, in a safe and realistic environment. It also 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-Purpose Replica Controls. Simlog’s Replica Controls Pedal Unit completes the configuration with the very same toe-down/heel-down action of real hydraulic excavator 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. To learn more, please contact Simlog.
- 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 and excavator pedals
- Steel platform, with heavy-duty casters for easy portability
Here are three possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with three displays and the other with three displays in portrait mode.
- 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.
- 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 other Personal Simulators for Heavy Equipment Operations
Typical programs for “Heavy Equipment Operations” provide training on many types of heavy equipment such as (in alphabetical order) Backhoe Loader, Bulldozer, Hydraulic Excavator, Skid Steer Loader, and Wheel Loader.
To support such programs, Simlog customers create multi-purpose simulation stations that combine multiple Personal Simulators by using the same computer, the same displays, the same speakers, and especially the same simulator controls.
In this way, Simlog offers unique cost-efficiency, and the lowest cost-per-station on the market.
To learn more, please contact Simlog.
Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator
The simulation software puts you at the controls of a modern hydraulic excavator at work in a typical construction site with both simulated dirt and large boulders, in interaction with an articulated dump truck. Both SAE and Backhoe-Loader joystick patterns are available, and changing the point of view during the simulation is easy with joystick buttons, keyboard function keys and mouse controls.
- Controls Familiarization
- Excavator Positioning
- Raking the Green, for coordinating the movements of the boom, stick, and bucket
- Over the Moon, that adds the coordinated movement of the swing
- Bench Climbing/Descending
- Trench Crossing, with “boom jacking”
- Single-Pass Dig and Dump
- Trench and Load
- Bench Loading with Truck Spotting
- Bench Loading with Truck Spotting – Boulders
- Ramp Building
Key Performance Indicators
For each Simulation Module, key unique Performance Indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, including execution time, truck loading accuracy, the maximum tilt angle when the excavator climbs/descends benches, and the number of “slams” that sound when the bucket is over-opened or over-closed. In this way, the feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score.
Simulation results are automatically saved, 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 hydraulic excavator.
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 Hydraulic Excavator personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!
Here we present just a few of the Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator videos from Simlog’s YouTube channel.