CM Labs to Showcase Virtual Training Solutions to Boost Post-pandemic Agility

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex Port Equipment Training Simulators, will feature lifting equipment training packs at Breakbulk Americas, September 28-30, 2021 in Houston, Texas, Booth P14.

The immersive Vortex Advantage simulator is ideal for port terminals who are seeking quick-readiness training measures in order to adapt to volatile post-COVID economic conditions. Whereas 10-12% of all entry candidates become acceptable crane operators using the traditional manual approach, 25-30% become acceptable crane operators using the simulator method, simply due to the ability to screen and select candidates more effectively.

“The Vortex Advantage simulator addresses a critical training challenge for port terminals in today’s environment,” says Julien Richer-Lanciault, CM Labs’ Senior Product Manager for CM Labs. “Our clients estimate that the learning curve is 6-12 months faster, which has a large positive financial impact, easily representing hundreds of thousands of dollars.” 

Along with Mobile Harbor Crane (MHC) and Ship Pedestal Crane (SPC) training solutions, the 5-display Vortex Advantage simulator can also run a mobile crane operator training pack. Each training pack is designed to help operators acquire critical skills, in a virtual environment that presents the realistic challenges as well as hazards.

When the Vortex Advantage is paired with CM Labs’ Instructor operating station (IOS), trainers can help operators train for unexpected occurrences, including snag loads, and mechanical failures. They can also customize training exercises for both quayside and yardside operations.

Operating metrics such as cycle time, spilled material, collisions, and safety violations are all tracked by the IOS during training exercises, and rolled up into a single score that updates in real time, to provide an objective indication of trainee aptitude. It is the only simulator training solution that gives trainers and managers the ability to customize this scoring system and establish their own benchmarks, if desired, according to the operator attributes they want to target.

In addition to the Vortex Advantage simulator, CM Labs provides a desktop training simulator for terminals looking for a more portable solution. This simulator also pairs with the Instructor Operating Station, and can run CM Labs’ entire fleet of simulations.

CM Labs’ catalogue of training solutions includes quayside cranes (STS Crane, Mobile Harbour Crane, Ship Pedestal Crane), and yardside equipment (Internal Transfer Vehicle, Forklift, Rubber-tyred Gantry Crane, Straddle Carrier, Reach Stacker, and Empty Container Handler), as well as heavy equipment (Mobile Crane, Boom Truck Crane, Dozer, Excavator).

To experience CM Labs’ Vortex Advantage training simulator, visit Breakbulk Americas Booth P14.

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