Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator
Simlog’s new Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a typical wheeled material handler equipped with an articulated boom, four-tine grapple, elevating cab, and outriggers.
Many different kinds of situations typical of (metal) scrap recycling yards are presented, in order to address the training needs of a wide variety of customers using different operational practices.
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.
Replica Controls for Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both tabletop mounting and Simlog’s Operator Chair. If you are a Simlog customer, then you may be able to re-use the Replica Controls that you already have. To learn more, please contact Simlog.
Simulator controls begin with two “Multi-Purpose” Replica Controls joysticks with 8 push-buttons, that can be used with many other Personal Simulators. Simlog can also provide table-top mounting brackets to bring the joysticks down from tabletop height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of operator controls in the cabin of real wheeled material handlers.
To complete the Replica Controls, add the Logitech “G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel” steering wheel and a three-pedal unit, along with the “G920 Driving Force Shifter.”
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 Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls offers a superior simulation experience to train operators, thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands and an adjustable steering column. All the components are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.
Two joystick models are available.
The “Multi-Purpose” joysticks with 8 push-buttons, shown on the left, can be used with many other Personal Simulators.
For additional realism, Simlog also offers industrial USB joysticks equipped with “OEM” control handles that have 3 push-buttons as shown on the right, along with an “OEM” lever to control the outriggers.
In both cases, the two joysticks are mounted on the consoles for left and right hands. There are also two toggle switches to control the parking brake and the outriggers. The industrial steering wheel is mounted on a column that easily telescopes and pivots to numerous angles. 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 the two joysticks
- Full steering column with pivot and telescope capabilities
- Fully functional industrial style pedals
- Five possible pedal positions, to create the typical placements found in real operator cabins
- 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: 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
Wheeled Material Handler Personal Simulator
- Controls Familiarization
- Line Following
- Grapple Positioning
- Container Loading 1
- For Container Loading 2
Key Performance Indicators
Key Performance Indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed. With 31 unique Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score. They include execution time, productivity, grapple height and angle when driving, cabin elevation when driving and when handling material, and counting many kinds of collisions (grapple, ground, undercarriage, 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: causing the wheeled material handler or a container to overturn, will trigger a “Fatal Error” 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 wheeled material handler.
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 Wheeled Material Handler personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!
Module 2: Line Following
The objective of this module is to learn to position the grapple so as to follow a trajectory that takes the form of a straight line. Driving is disabled for this module to ensure that only the swing, boom and stick controls are used to guide the grapple along the line.
Module 3: Grapple Positioning
The objective of this Simulation Module is to learn to position and orient the grapple of the material handler with respect to a target, while carefully avoiding obstacles when driving.
Module 4: Container Loading 1
The objective of this module is to learn to position and orient the material handler with respect to a stockpile of scrap material, and to load that material with the grapple into the container (on the ground or on the truck trailer), while avoiding obstacles when driving.