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Serious Games Hit The Mining Industry

Via: ForgeFX - Caterpillar Provides Cost Saving Training Simulators

In order to compete in today’s mobile heavy equipment market manufacturers need to deliver training solutions along with the equipment. Market leaders in the construction and mining industry are increasingly using Serious Games to deliver virtual training systems.

Caterpillar Is Using Serious Games As A Training and Marketing Tool

A great example is Caterpillar Inc. also known as CAT, the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. Caterpillar achieved better than expected earnings in Q1, with 2010 revenue estimated between $38 billion and $42 billion. On average, analysts are estimating a $2.66 profit on CAT shares in 2010.

CAT delivers increased safety and cost savings to their customers through Caterpillar Virtual Training Systems and their custom line of mobile heavy equipment training simulators.

These 3D training simulators are made available to the public via the Cat Simulators website.

CAT sells their simulators to customers requiring training on Large and Small Wheel Loaders, Mining and Medium Off-Highway Trucks, and Hydraulic Excavators. The prices range from $11,000 for their Motor Grader Simulator to $25,000 for their Mining Truck Simulator.

Introduction to Cat® Simulators Virtual Operator Training Sim

See how heavy equipment operators can train in a cutting edge virtual environment as part of an overall training program. Organizations that use heavy equipment simulators can create a training model that leverages safety and production; plus many cost-reduction benefits such as reducing fuel consumption, engine-use hours and unplanned maintenance caused by misuse. Organizations that utilize simulator instruction as part of an end-to-end training program enjoy operators that are more confident, safer and better retain training when using actual machines.

CAT Equipment Operator Training Sims are suited for both inexperienced and experienced operators and designed to increase the bottom lines of companies that are using real-world CAT heavy equipment.

The Mining Truck Simulator, for instance, trains operators on equipment-specific tasks like loading, hauling, and dumping. The simulator tracks an operator's performance and delivers a scoring report across more than 20 different criteria, including the user's scenario execution time, total time spent in reverse gear, average break temperature, and number of collisions - valuable data when assessing an operator's ability.

The newest member of the Cat® Simulators product family, the Wheel Tractor-Scraper, features next generation software. Heavy equipment operators can experience a rich graphic presentation, set in both day and night environments. The cutting edge technology ensures a training experience second to none as operators learn essential skills needed to operate actual machines.