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CM Labs Unveils Instructor Operating Station for Vortex Simulator System

March 21, 2019 - CM Labs Simulations, Montreal, Quebec, developer of Vortex training simulators, has released the Instructor Operating Station (IOS), CM Labs’ dedicated solution for directing, monitoring, and assessing trainees. 

Designed to complement CM Labs’ Vortex simulators for operator training, the IOS provides rich functionality for engaging training sessions, while its smart monitoring tools enable a 360° perspective on trainee progress.

The IOS enables instructors to initiate Vortex simulator exercise sessions and engage trainees by exposing them to variable conditions they will experience on the job site.  

Options include setting time of day, selecting weather conditions, and injecting machine faults including engine stalls, hydraulic failures, and line breaks. 


The IOS also serves as the central hub for team training. Instructors can enable tandem lift exercises, put another trainee at the helm of the IOS so they can engage with the team as an operations supervisor, or launch a Signalperson Training Station (purchased separately) that lets another trainee work with the crane operators.  


“While a team is engaged in a complex exercise, the IOS gives instructors complete control of the training session, as well as the tools to document operator strengths and areas for improvement,” says Lisa Barbieri, CM Labs’ vice president of marketing. “It really allows trainees, instructors, and administrators to leverage simulation to its fullest extent.” 

The IOS tracks all operating metrics during training exercises, and rolls them up into a single score that updates in real time. It gives trainers and managers the ability to customize scoring and establish their own benchmarks according to the operator attributes they want to target. 


After each training session, the IOS can generate reports that highlight scoring, selected instructor bookmarks, notes, and charts that let organisations objectively document trainee readiness, indicate of areas for improvement, and train a safer, more effective operator. 

Instructors can also control virtual characters in the training environment for an “on the ground” perspective, or use the built-in signaler function to provide virtual hand signals to the operator.  

In addition, the IOS offers a host of automated monitoring tools, including complete real-time recording and reporting of machine and performance data. At any point during the training session, instructors can add bookmarks and notes to the training session for later review. 

“With the IOS, instructors can monitor operations from their seat,” says Drew Carruthers, CM Labs’ Director of Training Solutions. “It is the only solution on the market that provides trainers with a real-time 3D view to follow the progress of operators, from any vantage point on the worksite.”  

CM Labs will feature the IOS and other new products in booth C2.127 in the Canadian Pavilion at Bauma, April 8-14, in Munich, Germany.


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