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Boom truck simulator the centrepiece for CM Labs at Utility Expo

A virtual boom truck
A CM Labs virtual boom truck used in training simulations.

CM Labs Simulations will be covering plenty of ground - all of it virtual - as it brings a full range of simulators and training packs to the Utility Expo, September 28 to 30 in Louisville, KY.

A brand-new boom truck simulator training pack will be a centrepiece of the CM Labs display, at booth N2008. According to Julien Richer-Lanciault, Product Manager at CM Labs, the new solution is unique and innovative.

"This is an industry first," said Richer-Lanciault. "Attendees who visit our booth will experience a solution they can use to safely assess and improve the skill level of operators who often have little or no prior experience operating heavy equipment." 

CM Labs states this is the only solution on the market that allows operators to train with a digger derrick attachment, and features a certification exercise as well as a virtual replica of the CCO course. 

CM Labs' Vortex Edge Plus training simulator

Thanks to its lightweight design, the new Vortex Edge Plus can be easily transported in carrying cases and set up in minutes. This makes it ideal for classroom or on-the-go training.

The Vortex Edge Plus system runs CM Labs' full fleet of earthmoving, lifting and forestry equipment training packs including the Excavator, Backhoe, Dozer, Wheel Loader, Motor Grader, Luffing Tower Crane, Flat-top Tower Crane, Mobile Crane, Crawler Crane, Forwarder and Harvester. Its ease of transport makes the Vortex Edge Plus an optimal hands-on tool for attracting talent at job fairs and career development events. It can also be used to quickly assess the skill level of new operators. Hardware includes a laptop, monitor, industrial-grade joysticks and pedals, as well as a steering wheel to support specific earthmoving equipment.

"This really is the latest technology of simple, portable, accessible simulation training," said Richer-Lanciault. "With the construction industry doing absolutely everything it can to eliminate barriers to training, this is an ideal solution to getting the next generation of skilled labor exposed to the challenges and rewards of a construction career."

The Vortex Edge Plus runs on the same engineering-grade software that powers CM Labs' fully immersive Vortex Advantage simulators. In addition, the Vortex Edge Plus can be paired with an optional Instructor Operating Station (IOS) for instructor-led training. With the IOS, instructors can control the training right from their seat and do everything from launching exercises and manipulating the weather, to injecting machine faults, providing hand signals as well as customizing scores and generating reports. The Vortex Edge Plus can also connect to other Vortex simulators, for collaborative crew training. It complements classroom theory by simply making learning more engaging and efficient.

CM Labs’ simulator training packs feature progressive learning programs.

In addition, CM Labs will be displaying its full range of earthmoving and lifting equipment training packs. These packs feature progressive learning; self-guiding exercises allow operators to learn at their own pace, or simply refresh their skills as needed. The simulators capture operating metrics for continual and comprehensive scoring and reporting on trainee progress. Thanks to CM Labs' Smart Training Technology, every simulated machine delivers transferable skills that trainees take to the job site.

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