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5 Tips to Increase Safety Awareness with Cat® Simulators Mining Truck System

The Cat® Mining Truck System is a safe and effective way to teach heavy equipment operators how to operate the Mining Truck before getting behind the wheel of the actual vehicle. Simulator training takes away the anxiety of slowing production circuits or making a technical error because the virtual environment allows for mishaps while the real world mine site does not. Paul Darcangelo, Installation and Training Instructor for Simformotion LLC, shares five tips to increase safety awareness that translate simulator training to the real world mine site.

  1. Buckle up every day. It seems simple, but many operators forget to use their seat belts. That error has led to a loss of life, when in fact the operator would have lived if he had just buckled up. Cat® Simulators Mining Truck safety belt is equipped with a sensor that will not allow the simulation to continue unless the user is buckled up.
  2. Conduct an inspection. Machine operators must conduct an inspection before operating the actual machine every time. Knowing how to conduct a proper inspection and identify faults-for example, identifying whether the fuel tank is in good condition and not damaged- can directly relate to the safety of the vehicle’s operator, as well as other trucks, support machines, and ground personnel around his vehicle. The Cat® Simulators Mining Truck system contains an exclusive machine walk around module that teaches users how to conduct a machine inspection. With 147 different inspection points, users can learn how to identify machine parts and conclude whether they’re faulty or not.
  3. Use brake smarts. Proper use of braking systems is a must on any mine site. The operator must learn how and when to properly use the engine retarder and secondary brake system in order to prevent brake failure. The Mining Truck System comes with a braking module that teaches the user how to properly use the braking system during downgrade driving with a full load. Instructors can track whether the operator is properly using the retarder and service brake because of the exclusive reporting functions in the software. Master the procedures by practicing as many times as necessary in the safety of the virtual mine site.
  4. Learn proper vehicle positioning. Learn to keep the proper distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you on the haul circuit. Pass other vehicles without sideswiping mirrors. Position your vehicle next to the shovel for loading. Learn all these safety procedures and more with the Artificial Intelligence (AI) vehicles. The Cat® Simulators mine site environment contains AI vehicles that have the capabilities of maintaining safe operational concepts and respond to user actions. The User operates his vehicle while instructors/teachers explain safe and unsafe practices to the user as the AI vehicles respond in the virtual haul circuit.
  5. Respect the highwall. One wrong move can send a fully loaded mining truck through a safety berm at a highwall. Learn and know safe berm height, stopping distances, unloading angles, and dumping practices when unloading at a highwall. The Mining Truck System teaches proper procedures based on Caterpillar expert operator techniques and delivers a consistent training experience to operators every time. This assures that operators do not learn competing principles.

Safety on the mine site is every person’s responsibility. Training on a simulator first can increase safety awareness for all personnel. To find out other safety training tips for the Cat® Simulators Mining Truck, contact info@catsimulators.com or visit catsimulators.com

About Simformotion™ LLC
Simformotion LLC—a leader in simulation development solutions—is the licensee for Cat® Simulators for Caterpillar Inc. Cat heavy equipment simulators deliver dynamic training technology and outstanding safety results through the power of state-of-the-art virtual training. Virtual reality simulations can help businesses dramatically lower costs and address initiatives such as safety and production; while ensuring training can be delivered anytime day or night, regardless of weather conditions. Cat Simulators are chosen as training solutions in such markets as mining, construction, forestry, government, and trade and vocational schools. As used herein, “Simformotion” means Simformotion LLC , a Delaware limited liability company. CAT, CATERPILLAR, their respective logos, “Caterpillar Yellow” and the “Power Edge” trade dress, as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission. www.cat.com, www.caterpillar.com Third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
5 Tips to Increase Safety Awareness with Cat® Simulators Mining Truck System