Coming Soon: Simlog's New Skid-Steer Loader Personal Simulator!

The skid-steer loader is a versatile, mobile machine that may be equipped with a wide variety of attachments to perform different jobsite tasks; the two most common attachments are buckets and forks. And because of its small size and simple operator controls, the skid-steer loader is considered "entry level" heavy equipment, so that's where operator training often begins.


Practically, danger is always present, and injuries are most often caused by rollovers. In particular, a skid-steer loader will become unstable when the bucket or forks are overloaded, when carrying loads with the lift arms raised too high, or when moving too fast on rough or uneven terrain. Clearly, for all of these reasons, operator training is especially important. Time for new help from simulation!


Simlog's new Skid-Steer Loader Personal Simulator, the world's first, will put you at the controls of a typical skid-steer loader at work in a simulated world that includes a typical construction site surrounded by city streets and a park, with options for both "vertical" and "radial" lift path types (lift arm geometries). A new dump truck is available for work with the bucket, and a new flatbed truck for work with the forks.

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Simlog's new Skid-Steer Personal Simulator will complete our line-up of Personal Simulators for the major "families" of earth-moving equipment, joining Backhoe Loader, Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, and Off-Highway Truck (with Motor Grader on the horizon).


Like all of our leading products, you can set up either one display in front, or three displays in front to create a 180 degree "panoramic" view. And because real skid-steer loaders are increasingly equipped with a "backup camera" to see better when moving backwards, Simlog's simulation software will also feature a "rear view camera" display.


Simulator Controls

There will be two configurations for the (USB-ready) simulator controls, as per the two kinds of operator controls in the cabins of real skid-steer loaders:

  • just two (multi-purpose) joysticks, that you can also use with many other Personal Simulators
  • the same two joysticks and "rocker-style" pedals, the same ones used for Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator

Multipurpose Replica Joysticks with Tabletop Brackets 2-Pedal Replica Controls Unit


Other configuration parameters will allow instructors to modify the 3D modelling to select different colour combinations and in the video below, we present two choices.


Simulation Modules

The Simulation Modules will present training scenarios typical of real skid-steer loader work and for each one, key "Performance Indicators" will measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, as well as tracking events related to safety and operating procedures.


For the bucket attachment:

  • Controls Familiarization, to learn the "what does what"
  • Positioning, like many Simlog products (Backhoe Loader, Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, etc.)
  • Stockpiling, to load, move, and dump rough material on the ground (like Backhoe Loader)
  • Truck Loading, like "Stockpiling" but now dumping to a dump truck (like Backhoe Loader, but new truck 3D modelling)


For the fork attachments:

  • Slalom, for driving forwards and backwards, likely several versions for loads of different kinds/sizes (like Forklift)
  • Load Handling 1, with initial and target positions for the loads on the ground (like Forklift)
  • Load Handling 2, like "Load Handling 1" but now working with a flatbed truck (like Forklift)


Test-Driving at ACTE!

Simlog will be showcasing the new Skid-Steer Loader Personal Simulator at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim California, December 5-6, so come see us for a test drive at booth #441.


Availability

Simlog's new Skid-Steer Loader Personal Simulator is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2020.


To Learn More

This information was last updated on November 28, 2019. To learn more, please contact Simlog.