Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator
The skid steer loader, also called skidsteer or skid loader, is a versatile, four wheel drive, mobile machine most often equipped with a bucket or forks to perform a wide variety of tasks in construction and material handling.
And because of its small size and simple operator controls, the skid steer loader is often considered entry level, where operator training begins.
Practically, danger is always present, and injuries are most often caused by rollovers. In particular, a skid steer loader will become unstable when the bucket or forks are overloaded, when carrying loads with the lift arms raised too high, or when driving up and down slopes. Clearly, for all of these reasons, operator training is especially important. Time for new simulator-based help!
Simlog’s new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator, the world’s first, puts you at the controls of a typical skid steer loader equipped with either a bucket (there are two kinds) or forks, at work in a typical construction site.
Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders (ISO, H-Pattern, Standard with pedals).
There are many software options to change the colours of the 3D model, to change the lift path type (lift arm geometry), and to select one of two buckets.
Like all our leading products, you can set up either one display in front where space is limited, or three displays in front to create a 180 degree “panoramic” view.
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Skid Steer Loader Simulator feature industrial strength USB-ready components suitable for both Tabletop Mounting with our Custom Travel Case, and our Operator Chair.
Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders.
The most common configuration consists of two (multi-purpose) joysticks that you can also use with many other Personal Simulators, for either the “ISO” or “H-Pattern” joystick patterns. But you can also add Simlog’s Replica Controls Pedal Unit, featuring the very same toe-down/heel-down action of real skid steer loader pedals, the joystick pattern “Standard Controls”.
Simlog also offers tabletop mounting brackets to 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 skid steer loaders.
If you already have Tabletop Replica Controls for some other Personal Simulator, then you may be able to “re-use” them for Skid Steer Loader, perhaps by purchasing additional elements. To learn more, please contact Simlog.
There are two possible arrangements, one with a single display in front e.g. for wall-mouting, and the other with three displays in front, side by side, to present a 180 degree “panoramic” view. Here we present one such setup, with the displays in the horizontal landscape 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 Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls is a cost-effective way to train operators with our Skid Steer Loader simulation software in a safe and more 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, where needed, completes the configuration with the very same toe-down/heel-down action of real skid steer loader pedals.
If you already have a Simlog Operator Chair for some other Personal Simulator, then you may be able to “re-use” that for Skid Steer Loader, perhaps 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
There are possible arrangements, for a single display or three displays in front, in either the horizontal landscape mode or the vertical portrait model.
Here we present the Operator Chair setup (without pedals) for three displays in the horizontal landscape 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.
Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Skid Steer Loader simulation software features many software options to configure what you see and do, to reproduce the operator controls of the most common kinds of (real) skid steer loaders.
Configuration Parameters for Machine Characteristics
There are three configuration parameters for machine characteristics, as follows:
- choose one of two colour combinations
- choose “Vertical” or “Radial” lift path types (lift arm geometries)
- choose the “general purpose” bucket without teeth, or the “rock” bucket with teeth
A total of eight Simulation Modules will present training scenarios typical of real skid steer loader work and for each one, key “Performance Indicators” will measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, as well as tracking events related to safety and operating procedures.
Especially important is the Performance Indicator related to rollover, to detect an imminent overturn condition.
For the bucket attachment:
- Controls Familiarization, to learn the “what does what”
- Positioning, with targets for both the bucket and forks
- Stockpiling 1, to load, move, and dump rough material on the ground using the bucket
- Stockpiling 2, as before but now working on slopes, so driving up and down
- Truck Loading, like “Stockpiling” but now loading a dump truck
For the forks attachments:
- Load Handling 1, with initial and target positions for the loads on the ground
- Load Handling 2, as before but now working on slopes, so driving up and down
- Load Handling 3, as before but now loading and unloading a flatbed truck
In addition, there are two “Demo’s” for “freestyle” simulated work with the two attachments, the bucket and forks.
Key Performance Indicators
Key “Performance Indicators” measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed.
With 57 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 (bucket, forks, loads, obstacles, etc.).
A variety of incorrect operating conditions will trigger “Procedure Errors” such as driving “out of bounds”.
Finally, conditions related to safety will trigger a “Fatal Error” that immediately stops the simulation related to rollover, to detect an imminent overturn condition.
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 mobile crane.
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 Mobile Crane personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!