CM Labs delivers training simulators to Manitowoc

Published 16/9 at 14:49

For over 20 years, CM Labs’ Vortex simulators and services have helped train crane and heavy equipment operators all over the world.

Today the company has over 1,000 simulators in 30 countries deployed with Vortex software. CM Labs’ Vortex simulators provide immersive, realistic learning environments that promote increased safety and operational efficiency, essential skills development, and reduced training costs. Developed by operators, instructors, and simulation experts, the standards based solutions prepare operators for the real world.

CM Labs recently announced the development of the second in a series of ground breaking simulators showcasing the intuitive Crane Control System (CCS) from Manitowoc Cranes, the leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions. The CCS driven Vortex simulators provide operator training and drive adoption of Manitowoc cranes by providing crane operators with direct experience of the benefits and capabilities of CCS equipped cranes.

Manitowoc’s CCS operating platform provides a common human-machine interface across multiple crane product lines. Each CCS unit features the same control layout, with standardized symbols, and is made up of several common components. Manitowoc engaged CM Labs to integrate the new control technology into simulators, with the goal of allowing dealers and customers to experience and train with the CCS on a realistic worksite. “Our design starts with a relationship with the machine, so that the user interface feels very close to the real thing. This was important for Manitowoc in order for the end product to both look and act like its brand,” said Drew Carruthers, product line manager for construction equipment.

The first simulators delivered replicated the functionality and behaviour of Manitowoc’s 35t Grove RT540E crane. CM Labs’ second series of simulators is designed to replicate the behaviour of a 165t MLC165 lattice boom crawler crane. Both simulators are under the control of an actual CCS user interface.  “We selected CM Labs because they are the leader in crane simulation with their top quality solutions already widely deployed at training organisations,” said John Alexander, director of all terrain crane service, mobile training & telematics at Manitowoc. “Many of our own clients are already using CM Labs simulators every day.”

Vortex simulators are powered by Vortex Studio, a high fidelity physics based real time simulation platform that delivers unparalleled realism and immersion. As with all Vortex simulators, high quality visuals and sound effects complete the immersive experience. This overarching accuracy ensures skills learned on the simulator will transfer better to the live equipment. “CM Labs is an ideal partner for OEMs like Manitowoc because of our ability to provide turnkey development services that leverage authentic OEM control sets and programmable logic controllers and control systems,” said Arnold Free, chief commercial officer of CM Labs.

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