simulator training for mining operators

Building Operator Skills

Simulator Training

Mining companies know that training operators to work safely and productively is important to their operations. Skills development can generate a return on investment and help sites decrease costs and increase profitability. However, dedicating the time, money and equipment necessary to refine operator skills can be a deterrent.

A growing trend is the use of simulators for training. Simulators provide a way for new operators to gain familiarization and understanding of machine controls and learn proper operating procedures before training on actual machines. They also help experienced operators refine skills to increase production levels.

Caterpillar offers two types of simulator training for its customers in the mining industry:

Immersive Technologies

Caterpillar has a unique alliance with Immersive Technologies to create Advanced Equipment Simulators for use by Cat® dealers and mining customers around the world. Immersive Technologies simulators incorporate advanced technologies that set them apart in terms of training effectiveness, reliability and ease of use. Designed from the ground up, the PRO3 simulator for surface mining and the UG360 for underground mining have created the standard for the mining industry. New visual systems dynamically adjust operator views, and motion technologies deliver greater accuracy and responsiveness. These combine to provide levels of simulation not previously experienced by mining equipment operators.

Conversion Kits® are Immersive Technologies’ interchangeable equipment modules that fit onto base simulator platforms allowing a range of different equipment to be simulated. Supported Cat surface machines include trucks, dozers, wheel loaders, hydraulic shovels, roper shovels, motor graders and drills. Underground machines include trucks, loaders and longwall shearers.

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Cat Simulators

Cat Simulator training provides a safe and economical way for new operators to gain an understanding of machine controls and learn proper operating procedures, while experienced operators can benefit by refining skills to increase production levels. By uniting simulated worksite applications and conditions with realistic controls, Cat Simulators provide hands-on learning in a safe and economical way to enhance traditional operator training programs.

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Our rugged and reliable products meet the needs of customers in every type of underground mining.

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