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New Cat® Large Wheel Loader Simulator System Delivers an Authentic Operating Experience

Peoria, Ill.— With state-of-the-art technology from Simformotion™ LLC – a leader in heavy equipment simulator training solutions – the newly released Cat® Large Wheel Loader Simulator System creates a realistic training experience for operators.

Set in a quarry environment, the Large Wheel Loader Simulator System combines original controls with common machine applications to teach the same jobs performed on worksites worldwide. The system is also the first model to offer a three-monitor configuration, giving the operator a more authentic experience by increasing visibility in all directions. The addition of a motion system enhances the experience because the operator feels vibration and movement as the simulated loader interacts with the quarry terrain.

“Time after time our customers tell us that using Cat® Simulators as part of their training programs contributes to more proficient operators, safer practices and increased productivity,” says Renee Gorrell, Vice President. “The features of the new Large Wheel Loader Simulator System enhance the training experience and enable a seamless transition from simulator to iron.”

The Large Wheel Loader Simulator System includes exercises that teach Control Familiarization, how to perform a Walkaround for safety and maintenance, Driving, Loading and Dumping the Bucket, Truck Loading, and Dumping into the Crusher. Two Open Training modules offer opportunities for additional practice and skill refinement.

Exclusive to Cat Simulators is SimU Campus™ Training Records Management, software that measures, records and reports results of all simulation sessions. Hundreds of benchmarks based on Caterpillar expert data are included, with performance measured against these benchmarks and outcomes recorded to a database.

The Large Wheel Loader Simulator System also includes companion iPad training and is available in multiple languages.

In addition to the new Large Wheel Loader Simulator System, Cat Simulators are available in Articulated Truck, M-Series Motor Grader, Large Track Type Tractor, Mining Truck, Off-Highway Truck, Electric Rope Shovel, Track Type Tractor, Hydraulic Excavator, Small Wheel Loader, Wheel Tractor-Scraper, FM Log Loader and Track Feller Buncher.

Cat® Simulators new Large Wheel Loader Simulator System features a three-monitor configuration that increases operator visibility in all directions.

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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

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Simformotion™ LLC Announces Release of New Cat® Simulators FM Log Loader

Simformotion™ LLC, Peoria, Ill.—a leader in heavy equipment simulator training solutions—announces the release of the new Cat® Simulators FM Log Loader System for Forestry. The new Log Loader Simulation Trainer is set in a forest environment where operators can learn the same machine applications found on actual forest production sites, in the safety of the virtual environment.

A realistic training experience is delivered through the use of authentic controls combined with simulated training exercises. The FM Log Loader teaches Control Familiarization, how to perform a Machine Walkaround, Log Handling, Loading and Off Loading the Machine from a Low-Boy Trailer, Shovel Logging, Loading and Unloading the Log Trailer, Sorting, and a special Open Training mode. Cat Simulators deliver cost-effective virtual training that translates to the real world!

Exclusive to Cat Simulators is SimU CampusTM, the software that measures, records and reports the results of all simulation sessions so instructors and users can track progress. Hundreds of benchmarks based on Caterpillar expert data are included in the system, with the operator’s performance measured against these benchmarks and outcomes recorded to a database. Plus the PC-based simulator system is equipped with a motion platform so users can feel the realistic machine movement during training exercises.

Vice President Renee Gorrell says, “Using Cat Simulators as part of an end-to-end training program can provide immediate cost savings to a forestry company’s bottom line by reducing machine wear-and-tear and fuel costs; keeping actual machines in production; and allowing them to train multiple operators on multiple machines at one time.”

In addition to the new forestry simulator system, Cat Simulators are available in Large Dozer and Mining Truck models set in a mining environment; and Heavy Construction Dozer, Hydraulic Excavator, Off-Highway Truck, M-Series Motor Grader, Small and Large Wheel Loaders and Wheel Tractor-Scraper. For more information, visit www.catsimulators.com.

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Simformotion™ and CSE Software Hosts STEM Camp

Thursday, July 9, Simformotion and CSE Software Inc. participated in the 4G STEM Camp, which hosted 7th and 8th grade girls from local area schools. STEM Camp introduces girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math and is organized by the University of Illinois Extension, Bradley University and the Peoria Economic Development Council.

The students spend the week at different locations where they can be exposed to different STEM careers. Among other experiences at Simformotion and CSE, the girls met with the women of CSE at their downtown office to learn about their roles in the company, and met with two of the 3D programmers who coached the girls in a coding class. In the afternoon they visited Simformotion’s 17,000 sq. ft. warehouse in East Peoria, IL where they had a hands-on experience assembling heavy equipment simulators. The girls had to work as teams and follow detailed instructions in order to assemble the simulators. They were then able to operate the Track Type Tractor and Hydraulic Excavator Simulators on the motion platform to understand how the machines work and how a person experiences movement and vibration while on the machine.

Simformotion LLC is a licensee for Cat® Simulators for Caterpillar Inc. CSE Software develops simulation software for Cat Simulators. In addition the company develops custom business and simulation software, mobile and web applications for many other businesses.

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New Cat® Simulators Mobile Support App

Peoria, Ill. – Simformotion LLC is proud to announce the release of a new Mobile Support app for Cat® Simulators. The app provides access to technical support content. Easily download and view assembly guides, FAQs, and access details for contacting various Cat Simulators departments. Submit technical support related questions to the Cat Simulators support team. Quickly and easily provide details about the specific simulator model, as well as attach images, that can help the support team answer questions or resolve any issues. If a customer wants to provide feedback or share ideas, they can do so via the mobile app.

Vice President Renee Gorrell says, “We pride ourselves on our excellent customer support. This app is another way we can be responsive to our customers’ needs. We want to make it as easy as possible for them to contact us when they are on the road, in the field or at the simulator. The new mobile app is just one more way we deliver great support to our users that goes with them anywhere they travel.” Customers can find data at their fingertips and answers at the touch of the screen. The Cat Simulators team provides quality customer service 24/7/365. This app ensures that customers get answers when they need them.

Download the Cat Simulators Mobile Support App for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play. To find out more about Cat heavy equipment simulators, visit www.catsimulators.com.

 

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Simformotion™ LLC Announces 2015-2016 Scholarship Opportunity

Simformotion™ LLC, Peoria, Ill.—a leader in heavy equipment simulator training solutions— announces an academic collegiate scholarship opportunity for the 2015-2016 school year. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student with an interest in pursuing a career in heavy equipment operation, construction management, mining engineering or any heavy equipment-related program. Students enrolled in an accredited heavy equipment-related program at an institution that utilizes Cat® Simulators as part of their training program, with a minimum GPA of 2.75, are eligible for the scholarship. The scholarship is open to students anywhere in the world meeting the criteria.

Vice President Renee Gorrell says, “We are proud to contribute to the education of a student that wants to help build the world. Cat Simulators train students safely and help save their institutions thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs of running actual machines. Students can practice applications as many times as needed to learn the fine control movements necessary to operate heavy equipment, no matter what the weather might be outside.”

Download an application for the Cat® Simulators Scholarship by clicking here or send an e-mail to connect@catsimulators.com. Application deadline is April 30, 2015.

Cat® Simulators are available in models for the Hydraulic Excavator, Off-Highway and Mining Trucks, M-Series Motor Grader, Small and Large Wheel Loaders, Wheel Tractor-Scraper, Dozer, Mining Dozer, FM Log Loader, Track Feller Buncher, Electric Rope Shovel and Articulated Truck.

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Simformotion™ LLC Announces Cat® Simulators 2014-2015 Scholarship Winner

Peoria, IL, June 2014—Simformotion™ LLC – a leader in heavy equipment simulator development – is proud to announce that it has selected Jordan W. Ellis for the 2014-2015 Cat® Simulators Scholarship. The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship to support the pursuit of a heavy equipment-related career.

Applications were accepted from students enrolled in an accredited heavy equipment-related program at an institution that utilizes Cat Simulators as part of their training program or curriculum. Ellis, a 2013 graduate of Westfield Academy & Central School in N.Y., is attending Alfred State College, N.Y., and enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operations program.

Ellis is currently a freshman at Alfred State College, where he is involved in the school’s disaster relief team. In addition to a job operating heavy equipment during college breaks, he is involved with the Alfred and Ripley N.Y. fire districts. He is attending the required firefighter training classes this summer to achieve his N.Y. certifications. On his own, he obtained his NYS Class B CDL license—one of the youngest Class B license holders in the state.

Simformotion Vice President Lara Aaron says, “The need for people in the skilled trades is ever-present. Trained personnel will be needed for new construction projects; the revitalization of infrastructure; mining, forestry and agricultural operations, among others. By creating a scholarship, we can support and reward students pursuing a heavy equipment-related career and contribute to their future. It’s Simformotion’s way of making sure there are qualified people to build the world’s communities.”

Applications for the 2015-2016 Cat Simulators scholarship will be accepted beginning in January 2015. Download an application at www.catsimulators.com/scholarships or contact connect@catsimulators.com to request an application form. Anyone meeting the qualifications may submit an application, regardless of where they live in the world.

New Cat® Large Wheel Loader Simulator System Delivers an Authentic Operating Experience
5 Tips to Increase Safety Awareness with Cat® Simulators Mining Truck System
Simformotion™ LLC Announces Release of New Cat® Simulators FM Log Loader
Simformotion™ and CSE Software Hosts STEM Camp
New Cat® Simulators Mobile Support App
Simformotion™ LLC Announces 2015-2016 Scholarship Opportunity
Simformotion™ LLC Announces Cat® Simulators 2014-2015 Scholarship Winner