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Vortex Simulator Brings Cost Savings, Training Flexibility, and Safety to IUOE Local 14’s State-of-the-Art Training Center

Posted on February 17, 2017


CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, today announced that New York-based IUOE Local 14, the organisation responsible for all crane operations in New York City, has selected a Vortex simulator, along with crawler crane and rough terrain crane training modules, for its Training Center.

Organizations that use Vortex simulators enjoy a number of training benefits, ranging from cost savings, to training flexibility, to safety. “It’s definitely safer,” said Tom Gordon, the Local’s Co-Director of Journey Person and Apprenticeship Training. “We’ve noticed that when trainees get in the real equipment, it’s making a big difference. They’re more confident because they know what to expect, they know how to catch a load, and they know what’s going to happen. The reactions of the load and the rigging and the load line were so realistic in the Vortex simulator, it’s incredible.”

Local 14’s Training Center already boasts: State-of-the-art equipment and technology, NCCCO-certified training and testing for lattice booms, telescopic booms, boom trucks, articulated boom trucks, tower cranes, and pile drivers, and OSHA-approved classes in forklift training, signalman training, rigging, and tower crane rigging.

As part of a structured training program that requires a minimum of 24 hours on the simulator, once trainees have completed 40 hours of classroom training, the Training Center is using the Vortex simulator, including Vortex crawler crane and rough terrain crane training modules.

“IUOE Local 14 has made an excellent choice with the Vortex simulator,” said Arnold Free, CM Labs’ Chief Commercial Officer. “As the next generation of effective and safe training solutions for the heavy equipment industry, it complements the Training Center’s considerable reputation for innovation and excellence.”

The full lineup of Vortex simulator training solutions will be on display at CONEXPO from March 7-11, on OETIO booth G72413.