CM Labs releases simulator training pack for articulated dump trucks

CM Labs releases simulator training pack for articulated dump trucks

Training simulator accurately simulates machine stability and engine behaviour

CM Labs Simulations has released its Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) Simulator Training Pack. The simulator pack accurately replicates machine stability and engine behaviour, resulting in effective, efficient operator training. The ADT Simulator Training Pack also helps organizations address key industry issues such as safety, sustainability, and equipment maintenance.

Often one of the first machines that novice operators use, the ADT requires familiarity with job site team activities and strong driving skills. CM Labs’ training pack offers a safe, effective, and comprehensive alternative for initial training while mitigating the increased fuel costs and wear and tear that typically result from inexperienced handling.

The training pack’s learning exercises gradually build skill and confidence. Trainees work on skills such as basic controls familiarization, driving on slopes, loading and loading trailers, shared task training, and side and back loading. Performance metrics tracked during training exercises include safety violations, such as collisions, electric cable contact, tipping or cabin flip, unsafe parking, cycle times, and operational efficiency. 

“While driving an ADT may seem straightforward, it is the team-based communication skills that make an expert operator most effective,” explains Alan Limoges, a product manager at CM Labs. “To that end, we have included a number of exercises that focus on team collaboration.”

Trainees work on shared tasks with automated equipment drivers, and there is an optional add-on module for simultaneous tandem crew training with CM Labs’ excavator simulator.

Applying CM Labs’ smart training technology, the simulator accurately replicates machine behaviour – providing real-world training opportunities to help reduce the risk of accidents. Users gain an understanding of braking strength and distance, blind spots, gear shifting, engine response under heavy loads, wheel deformation on rough ground, and rolling stability when driving. True replicated vehicle vibration, material pilling, alarms, and other job site sounds ensure important audio cues for safe operation and task completion.

The ADT Training Pack is compatible with all of CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators, including the desktop Vortex Edge Plus, the motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max, and the Vortex Advantage.