Coming Soon: Simlog's New Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator!


Simlog Reach Lift Truck: 3D model

The Reach Lift Truck is a type of forklift designed for work in factories, distribution centres, and warehouses configured with racking systems that are taller and spaced close together to increase storage density, hence the name "narrow aisle" forklift. To further increase storage density, the shelves are "deeper" so the forks are equipped with a scissors-like "pantograph" mechanism that extends and retracts the carriage, hence the word reach in the name Reach Lift Truck.


Operator controls consist of a steering wheel with a "knob" for the left hand, and a "control lever" (really a two-axis joystick) for the right hand for travel (forwards/backwards). Depending upon the make and model, the "control lever" is either positioned vertically or horizontally (the most common configuration), so that is why there will be options to address both cases.


For vertical positioning, use our existing multi-purpose replica control joystick in our existing (vertical) tabletop mounting bracket. For horizontal positioning, we're introducing a new replica control joystick with a stiffer spring along with a new horizontal tabletop mounting bracket.


For most makes and models, the Reach Lift Truck is operated from a standing position and for that reason, we are introducing a new bracket to raise the steering wheel of the Logitech G920 (or the previous model G27) high enough to work from a standing position, and also "turn" it horizontally. The other the new bracket will raise the new multi-purpose replica control joystick (with stiffer spring) up above the table height, and position it horizontally.


Here is the list of the seven Simulation Modules for the first commercial software release:


  • Controls Familiarization
  • Slalom 1, for driving forwards
  • Slalom 2, for driving backwards
  • Selective Pallet Racks, standard aisles, low shelves
  • Selective Pallet Racks, standard aisles, mixed shelves
  • Selective Pallet Racks, narrow aisles, low shelves
  • Selective Pallet Racks, narrow aisles, mixed shelves


In addition, there will be three "Demo's" for "freestyle" simulation in both "standard aisles" and "narrow aisles".


Finally, there will be two possible types of steering conventions. In "Forward Steering", turning the steering wheel left/right turns the front of the reach lift truck left/right. In "Reverse Steering", turning the steering wheel left/right turns the back left/right. Both steering conventions are commonly featured for many makes and models.


Simlog Reach Lift Truck: tabletop Replica Controls Simlog Reach Lift Truck: setup with 3 displays

Shown here at the left is a photograph of the anticipated tabletop Replica Controls, with the special brackets for the steering wheel and horizontal positioning of the "control lever", i.e. the new multi-purpose replica control joystick.


Shown here at the right is a photograph of the recommended setup with three displays to present (from left to right) views looking backwards, to the side, and looking forwards.

 



Practically, reach lift trucks work indoors with racking systems, whereas counter-balanced forklifts work indoors at loading docks and outdoors with trucks. For that reason, Simlog's new Reach Lift Truck (RLT) Personal Simulator will complement our existing Fork Lift Truck (FLT) Personal Simulator, and we expect them to be often sold together.


Availability

Simlog's new Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator will be officially released on November 29 as part of our exhibiting at ACTE's CareerTech Expo. To learn more, please contact Simlog. (This information was last updated on November 12, 2018.)


Simlog's Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator
Slalom 1 Instructional Video