CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, has announced a new Wheel Loader Simulator Training Pack that includes advanced earthmoving techniques as well as guided learning features for faster skills acquisition.
The training pack introduces guided learning in the form of real-time feedback during exercises on crucial metrics such as distance from objects, traction and terrain height. It also integrates the industry’s only real-time grade quality sensor. The GQS tracks key metrics such as height, slope and standard deviation.
This feedback allows trainees to make the adjustments needed in order to advance their learning more quickly and ultimately develop positive habits that will carry over to the real equipment.
The training pack incorporates the most advanced soil simulation available on the market. This results in highly realistic bucket/ground interactions, which are critical for training operators on how to position the bucket properly and understand the machine’s capacity.
Thanks to this accurate soil simulation, the training pack can teach trainees advanced earthmoving techniques while focusing on efficiency and safety. For example, they can learn how to ensure that the dump truck’s driving path is even and clear of any obstacles that might cause it to tip.
CM Labs Simulations www.cm-labs.com
In 2019, Terex Utilities released or updated more than 50 Tech Tips and service presentations. Some Tech Tips are applicable to specific Terex digger derricks, aerial devices or auger drills, while others address frequently asked questions or common challenges faced by customers. Following are descriptions of just a few of the topics Terex Utilities covered in 2019.
The Hi-Ranger TM Series is a heavy-duty transmission aerial device used by line crews, offering working heights to 125 feet, basket capacities of up to 800 pounds and material-handling capacities of 1,500 pounds. Three of the new Tech Tips released in 2019 provide practical troubleshooting assistance in addition to manuals. Tech Tip #57 explains how to use the manual letdown system; Tech Tip #82 provides guidance on how to set zero on the TM Leveling Controller; and Tech Tip #77 assists in evaluating the cause of top controls not working.
Load Alert, Terex Utilities’ aerial device technology for monitoring jib and platform capacity and boom position, was updated in 2019 with new screen notifications for the operator. Two Tech Tips – #118 and #119 – explain what to do if sensor communication is lost or inaccurate.
Terex’s evolving chassis controller system interfaces between Terex equipment and the OEM chassis computer system for DC pump control, throttle control and remote stop/start. If service personnel need help with programming or want to refer to an easy cheat sheet of fault codes, Tech Tips #78 and #81 are useful.
These and other technical support documents are available online at the Technical Support tab at www.terex.com/utilities, or users can sign up to receive email notifications at www.terex.com/utilities/en/links/preferences.
Terex Utilities www.terex.com/utilities
Designed and built by CM Labs Simulations, Vortex equipment training simulators provide operators with the real-world skills they need to operate equipment safely and efficiently. They are powered by Smart Training Technology that includes an abundance of training recommendations, intelligent information and other actionable data, all leading to the highest level of transferable operator skills outside the real equipment.
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Assess My Team provides easy access to the assessment tools and training you need to ensure your team is working to their full potential. Our tests take fewer than 10 minutes for an individual to complete but provide organizational leaders with a wealth of measurable and actionable profile data.
Each of the five core assessments measures a different yet important core style: behavioral, motivational, thinking, emotional and learning. Used individually or in a variety of combinations, the five core assessments offer individuals and organizations alike the opportunity to enhance self-awareness and boost professional performance beyond anything previously available within the assessment industry – by exploring the whole person.
Whether you want to develop more self-aware leaders, assemble top-performing teams, improve performance, enhance training initiatives or provide benchmarks, the core assessments provide the foundation for dependable human performance answers.
Assess My Team https://assessmyteam.com
SET Solutions offers OSHA 30- and 10-hour Electric Power Comprehensive Safety Compliance courses. These courses are taught by authorized OTI instructors with years of electric power experience. Each course is designed specifically for the electric power industry to provide in-depth training on current electric OSHA standards and to provide specific safety management guidance for both new and existing electric power personnel. A sampling of topics offered in the courses include hazard prevention and control; personal protective equipment; OSHA 1910.269 application; electric flames and arcs; minimum approach distances; grounding for protection of employees; material handling; walking and working surfaces; fall protection; incident investigation; de-energizing lines and equipment; lockout/tagout; confined spaces; excavations; and safety management systems. The 30-hour course is offered twice a year in Lexington, South Carolina, or SET personnel can conduct either course at your company specifically for your personnel and operations.
SET Solutions https://setsolutionsllc.com/electric-power-training/osha-training/
Utilities already know the value of energizing their training yards, but until now they may have been unaware that there is a safe solution. The Timpson High Voltage Training Unit provides a way to allow real energized high voltages to be applied to aerial and underground primaries at a nonlethal current level in your training yard. These voltages allow the trainee to know they made a mistake and trainers to identify training opportunities.
The training unit is designed to energize your yard to full voltage, automatically de-energize in fewer than 60ms with a current threshold of 1.5mA, and measure current changes down to 60 microamps. The unit is incorporated into the training yard and includes an accompanying HMI display that monitors opening times and trip currents, recording the number of shorts and keeping historical track of test records. Tracking this data allows your users to analyze each mistake by each individual for follow-up instruction, develop an overall database that will help you to determine the most common sources of errors, and refine your training curriculum to focus on the problem areas and improve safety outcomes.
Timpson Electrical & Aerial Services http://timpsontraining.com
Altec Sentry operator safety courses teach you to operate Altec units safely. Each aerial and digger derrick includes five free Sentry course uses, making it simple to complete the classroom portion of ANSI general training and familiarization requirements.
To complete your training, a qualified person also must evaluate hands-on proficiency in actual operation. Altec Sentry’s instructor-led training options make that easy. Our instructors can teach you about the safety features, control functions, operating characteristics and inspection requirements for your Altec unit. Ultimately, that helps you avoid accidents and prevent injury and equipment damage.
Our train-the-trainer courses can give your instructors the firsthand knowledge to start training your operators immediately. You'll also get access to our Sentry Online training system to assign courses and view training results.
We can come to your location and train on the equipment your operators use every day. Or, come train with us at our St. Joseph, Missouri, or Birmingham, Alabama, facilities. For cranes, digger derricks, aerials or chippers, there's a flexible scheduling option to fit your training needs.
Altec Sentry www.altecsentry.com
Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) now offers training for employers who need to qualify individuals to do crane operator evaluations, according to new OSHA requirements. In addition, CIS staff can provide third-party crane operator evaluations to assist companies that need extra help getting them done.
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The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first virtual reality (VR) simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology.
As the industry’s first simulator utilizing VR technology, it provides both novice and experienced HDD operators with a 360-degree view of a realistic job site – simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems.
The full VR simulator kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and VR goggles. To truly simulate a real job site experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment.
Ditch Witch www.ditchwitch.com/training
Sospes safety management software makes it easy for you and your workers to conduct inspections; report workplace incidents, near misses and hazards of all types; perform detailed incident investigations; manage corrective actions; and build a workplace safety culture focused on prevention.
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Altec Sentry offers OSHA- and ANSI-compliant operator training courses online with 24/7 access from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Altec Sentry Online includes more than 80 online courses for cranes, aerial devices, digger derricks and chippers. Through a simple dashboard and storefront, operators can receive ANSI- and OSHA-compliant General Training and Familiarization without the need for traditional classroom sessions. With Sentry Online, you can get required training and a completion record while you’re at home or the job site, without tying up company instructors or training rooms. Easy access to courses and results helps you build and manage a consistent training program, even if you have many different Altec units. Altec Sentry provides industry-leading training to match Altec’s industry-leading equipment. Sentry Online is one more way we’re making it easier for you to train and qualify your operators.
For nearly 20 years, Altec Sentry has helped employers train and certify Altec equipment operators on safe and proper operation. Altec Sentry offers online training, on-site Sentry instructor-led courses and train the trainer programs to help you comply with OSHA, ANSI and ASME requirements.
Altec Sentry www.altec.com/safety
Utility Solutions Inc. has a new three-phase distribution simulator specifically designed to teach transformer banking to lineworkers. The updated Load-Trainer II Transformer Simulator combines a physical wiring environment with powerful computer simulation. The new one-piece design is very portable and weighs just 16 pounds. Several new features came directly from training professionals who use the Load-Trainer in their classrooms.
While most houses receive electricity from a single transformer, larger facilities use three-phase power, which requires banking multiple transformers. Lineworkers must have specialized training in order to build and maintain transformer banks on today's modern power grid.
The new Load-Trainer II allows an instructor to control each of the three transformer simulators via a 7-inch touchscreen or by using the wireless mouse, which comes standard.
Another feature of the Load-Trainer II is the HDMI connection, allowing a projector or big screen to display demonstrations to a whole classroom.
Utility Solutions Inc. is targeting lineworker schools, utilities and contractors that service overhead distribution systems. Demo units currently are traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
The award-winning Train the Trainer (TTT) Program from e-Hazard is specially designed to prepare qualified trainers to deliver instruction to others based on safety requirements from NFPA 70E, OSHA and/or NESC. Our TTT format and all teaching materials are based on best practices from a professional adult education specialist. Through group discussion, demonstration of teaching techniques and hands-on application, attendees receive a comprehensive understanding of the materials and extensive teacher and peer evaluations of their own instruction.
3DInternet is a leading developer of interactive computer-based and virtual reality training simulations. The company’s Tabletop Simulator for Electric Utilities allows users to create custom overhead transmission and distribution scenes.
Completed scenes can be used for pre-job briefings and tailboards, safety meetings, group instruction, and accident reconstruction and investigation.
Users create scenes by dragging and dropping items, such as trucks or other vehicles; power poles and towers; live-line equipment, grounding cables, ladders and tools; people or workers in different poses and positions; and personal protective equipment. Items in the scenes are positioned and rotated into specific areas. Unique worksite scenarios can be created based on the utility’s needs, specifications, procedures and regulations.
Other key features of the Tabletop Simulator include the ability to add and customize attachments, such as cover-up, switches and jumpers; add minimum approach distances, limits of approach and reach distances; save and print images; share scenes with other users; and display accurate distance measurements between objects. The Tabletop Simulator also can include your utility’s specific requirements.
Alexander Publications has the industry's most complete collection of books, manuals and videos to train lineworkers, meter technicians, substation builders and operators, and T&D engineers.
Visit www.alexanderpublications.com for details on more than 500 manuals, videos – DVDs and streaming online – and downloadable safety topic sheets. Also on the website: Hotline Club members can watch more than 200 full-length training videos and learn from the industry's largest Q&A database – Ask Mr. Hotwire – all for only $19 per month.
Alexander Publications does not do soft skills or sell canned training programs. It focuses on top-quality technical training materials. Instructors choose what they want to fit their individual training needs.
Alexander Publications’ books and videos are used throughout the U.S. and Canada at more than 10,000 locations. Users include large and small utilities, IBEW lineworker training centers, community colleges, co-op statewide organizations and motivated individuals.
Alexander Publications www.alexanderpublications.com