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BACKHOE
LOADER
SIMULATOR 

PC-Based Equipment Simulators: Cost-Effective Hands-On Training Tools

The Backhoe Loader Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a backhoe loader (BHL), also called “Loader Backhoe” and “Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB), at work in a typical construction site.

Training efficiency is delivered through a modular Instructional Design that teaches real skills for productive and safe equipment operations in the field.

Special configuration parameters allow instructors to modify the 3D modelling to select one of five possible color combinations, and set the number of lift arm cylinders to one or two. This flexibility makes the simulated Backhoe Loader look like the equipment sold by all the leading OEMs.

Other configuration parameters make it possible to set up just one display where space is limited, or three displays to create a much larger field of view. Also unique, a rear display can be added to teach new operators to turn their heads when backing up.

And, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC! Either use your own computer, or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.

BACKHOE LOADER SIMULATOR

backhoe loader (TLB) simulator sample screen

Backhoe Loader Software Description

The Backhoe Loader simulator is instructionally designed to maximize trainee learning. It begins with simple tasks and progresses to sessions where they learn best practices for handling more complex tasks. This Backhoe Loader training simulator consists of nine simulation modules of increasing difficulty:

 

  • Controls Familiarization

  • Bucket Positioning, for driving forwards and backwards with separate targets for the loader and backhoe buckets

  • Stockpiling, to move material from a digging zone to a dumping zone with the loader bucket

  • Truck Loading - Loader, using rocks

  • Following Grade, with the backhoe

  • Truck Loading - Backhoe, using rocks

  • Trenching

  • Exposing Buried Utilities - Parallel Excavation, piping is aligned with the positioning of the Backhoe Loader

  • Exposing Buried Utilities - Perpendicular Excavation

 

Trainees can progress at their own pace without supervision.

Key Features

  • 9 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty

  • 62 Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work

  • 2 Procedure and Fatal errors to detect incorrect and unsafe operator actions

  • Many kinds of USB-ready simulator controls and mounting options

  • SAE and ISO Joystick Patterns supported

  • Support for multiple displays

  • Configuration parameters to modify the 3D modelling and set the number of lift arm cylinders

  • Viewpoints from inside and outside the cabin that can be changed during simulation

  • HD Instructional Video for each Simulation Module

  • E-book Instructional Companion

 

Tracking Results

Key "Performance Indicators" measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed. With 62 Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score. They include execution time, bucket orientation errors, hydraulic slams and collisions.

A variety of incorrect operating conditions will trigger "Procedure Errors", such as driving "out of bounds". Finally, conditions related to safety receive special attention: a Backhoe Loader overturn condition will trigger "Fatal Errors" and the simulation immediately stops.

 

Simulation results are automatically saved on the PC, along with data about any procedure and fatal errors. To simplify record keeping, a database product called Simulation Manager is available; the same database can be used with all of the simulators VISTA sells.

 

Software Pricing

Please contact us for pricing of a commercial software license for the Backhoe Loader simulator. Even small accidents due to inexperience can cost thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime on an actual Backhoe Loader - far in excess of your investment in this training tool.

The Backhoe Loader simulator represents an excellent training value and helps improve the safety of your Backhoe Loader operators and the people who work in close proximity to them. Consider it a priceless investment in the health and wellness of your workers.

Software Description

Backhoe Loader Simulator Controls

The Backhoe Loader Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a backhoe loader (BHL), also called "Loader Backhoe" and "Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB), at work in a typical construction site.

Training efficiency is delivered through a modular Instructional Design that teaches real skills for productive and safe equipment operations in the field.

Special configuration parameters allow instructors to modify the 3D modelling to select one of five possible color combinations, and set the number of lift arm cylinders to one or two. This flexibility makes the simulated Backhoe Loader look like the equipment sold by all the leading OEMs.

Other configuration parameters make it possible to set up just one display where space is limited, or three displays to create a much larger field of view. Also unique to this simulator is a rear display can be added to teach new operators to turn their heads when backing up.

And unique to our simulator, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC! Either use your own computer, or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the Simlog software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.

Replica Controls

Simulator Controls
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample control
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample 8-button joystick controls
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator steering wheel
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator pedals

Replica Controls for the Backhoe Loader Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both table-top mounting and Simlog's Operator Chair. If you are a Simlog customer, you may be able to re-use the Replica Controls that you already have.

Replica Controls begin with two industrial USB joysticks. There are a total of 8 push-buttons for the thumb, plus a trigger, to let you change the viewpoint by looking to the left/right, looking up/down, and by changing the viewing mode during the simulation. The USB electronics are built right into the base, so the joystick can be connected directly to your PC. Simlog also offers table-top mounting brackets to bring the joysticks down from table-top height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cabin of real heavy equipment.

To complete the Replica Controls, add the Logitech "G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel" consisting of a steering wheel and a three-pedal unit, and the "G920 Driving Force Shifter," a gear shifter that can also be used with many other Personal Simulators. In most countries, the G920 is for sale in retail stores that sell computers or video games, but it may also be purchased from Logitech's on-line store. (Logitech's previous model, the "G27 Racing Wheel" can also be used.)

Possible Setups

backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample tabletop setup
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample tabletop setup
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample tabletop setup 3 screens
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator sample tabletop setup 4 screens
Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front that is wall-mounted, another with one front display and one rear display on a table, one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side on a table, and finally one with three front displays and a fourth rear display.

Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls

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backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator stackable travel case
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator travel case with wheels

For all setups, Simlog's Custom Travel Case makes transportation easy.

Key Features

  • Made-to-measure, with dedicated slots for levers, joysticks, pedals, steering wheel, and table-top mounting brackets

  • Space for a laptop PC, cables, and documentation

  • Pull-out handle, with multiple positions

  • Wheels (casters)

  • Cases are "stackable," for easy transport.

 

Specifications

  • Overall dimensions: 30 (76cm) x 24 (61cm) x 19 (50cm)

  • Approximate weight: 50 lbs. (23 kg) when empty, up to 100 lbs. (46 kg) when full (depending upon the Replica Controls.)

Operator Chair

Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls offers a superior simulation experience to train Backhoe Loader operators thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands, and an adjustable steering column. All are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.

The industrial steering wheel is mounted on a column that telescopes and easily pivots to numerous angles and it includes three industrial pedals.

If you already have a Simlog Operator Chair that you are using with some other Personal Simulator, then you may be able to re-configure that Operator Chair by purchasing additional elements.

 

Possible Setups

Operator Chair
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator operator chair with 1 screen
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator operator chair with 2 screens
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator operator chair with 3 screens
backhoe loader (TLB) portable simulator operator chair with 4 screens

Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with a first display in front and a rear display, one with three front displays and a rear display and one with three front displays and a fourth rear display

Key Features

  • Authentic industrial operator seat, with air suspension, and seat-belt

  • Adjustable seat position (forward/backwards, three vertical positions)

  • Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)

  • Integrated left and right consoles for joystick controls

  • Full steering column with pivot and telescope capabilities

  • Fully functional industrial style pedals

  • Steel platform with heavy-duty casters for easy portability

Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions: L 60” (152.4 cm) x W 30” (76.2 cm) x H 47” (119.4 cm)

  • Weight: 385 lbs. (175 kg)

  • Shipping Dimensions: 67″ (170.2 cm) x 43″ (109.2 cm) x 44″ (118.8 cm)

  • Shipping Weight: approximately 550 lbs. (250 kg) One unit per skid, not stackable

  • 120 VAC/60 Hz, 220-240VAC/50 Hz

Vibration System

Vibration increases the realism of our Personal Simulators by adding physical (tactile) feedback to the audio and visual, making the experience more “immersive” at little additional cost, especially when compared to a motion platform.

The vibration that you feel is generated from the simulation software’s audio system as things happen. Engine idling, collisions with obstacles, digging virtual terrain, etc. can all be seen, heard and experienced! Adding vibration improves the realism of the simulation and makes the simulator-based training more compelling, encouraging trainees to be more serious and learn more carefully.

For our Operator Chairs, Simlog offers a vibration system that includes the “ButtKicker Simulation Kit” plus special mounting for the operator seat. The “ButtKicker” is a low-frequency sound transducer equipped with its own amplifier and “volume” controller to change the “force” of the vibration created by the simulation software sounds.

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