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FORKLIFT
SIMULATOR 

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

Our new Forklift Personal Simulator Version 2 puts trainees at the controls of a typical sit-down, counterbalance factory forklift with rear-wheel steering. We also have a Reach Lift Truck Personal Simulator so you can train people to operate both kinds of lift trucks with our help.

Scenarios are typical of transportation service centers, factories, warehouses, and distribution centers, with a wide variety of loads and storage arrangements, along with truck bays for loading and unloading and a flatbed truck outside.

Designed to provide even more flexibility when training operators with different levels of skill, Version 2 introduces new and modified Simulation Modules to encourage safer operation practices and maximize productivity. The new modules feature exercises for driving in reverse with tall loads, and five new "Loading Docks" modules to work with loads of different sizes in double rows, and stacked and unstacked, to maximize cube utilization.

You can use three displays in front to create a field of view of 180 degrees, along with a fourth display behind, to teach people to turn their heads when backing up.

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

Our Forklift simulation software is configurable, to reproduce the many different kinds of real forklifts. Three different power system options are available: Internal Combustion (gas-powered), and two versions of Electric. (Different simulator controls are required for each option, and the simulated forklift will also operate differently.) Use three or four levers, or even two joysticks, in addition to a steering wheel, transmission control lever, and pedals.

FORKLIFT SIMULATOR

Slalom 3
Selective Pallet Racks 1
Loading Docks 6
Cantilever Racks and Flatbed Truck
Forklift simulator sample screen

Forklift Software Description

Forklift simulation software is configurable, to reproduce the many different kinds of real forklifts. Three different power system options are available: Internal Combustion (gas-powered), and two versions of Electric. (Different simulator controls are required for each option, and the simulated forklift will also operate differently.) Use three or four levers, or even two joysticks, in addition to a steering wheel, transmission control lever, and pedals.

Key Features

  • Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics

  • 15 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty

  • 65 unique Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work

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

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

  • Support for multiple displays

  • Configuration parameters for different power systems and controls

  • Optional mast transparency and mast tilt indicator, to make training easier at the start

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

  • HD Instructional Video for each Simulation Module

  • e-book Instructional Companion

Simulation Modules

  • Controls Familiarization

  • Slalom 1, for driving forwards with standard loads

  • Slalom 2, for driving forwards with oversized loads

  • Slalom 3, for driving in reverse with extra tall loads

  • Ramp Driving, for driving forwards and backwards up and down ramps, with and without loads

  • Loading Docks 1 – Loading/Unloading Single Rows

  • Loading Docks 2 – Loading Double Rows

  • Loading Docks 3 – Unloading Double Rows

  • Loading Docks 4 – Loading Double Rows, with Stacking

  • Loading Docks 5 – Unloading Double Rows, with Stacking

  • Loading Docks 6 – Loading, to Maximize Cube Utilization

  • Selective Pallet Racks 1 – Low Shelves, to work with loads lower down on the factory floor and the first shelf

  • Selective Pallet Racks 2 – Mixed Shelves, to also work with loads higher up on the second and third (top) shelves

  • Working with Drive-In / Drive-Through Racks

  • Working with oversized loads and Cantilever Racks and a Flatbed Truck, positioned outside

 

Viewpoints From Inside & Outside the Cabin

For viewpoints from inside the cabin, the forklift mast and cabin frame can be displayed as either opaque (like a real forklift) or semi-transparent, to improve the visibility of the forks and the area in front of the forklift, including loads, racks, and obstacles. An “overhead map” presents the position of the forklift, the loads to be moved, and their target positions, to make it possible to plan the work to be done. You can even change the point of view during the simulation using buttons on the simulator controls, keyboard keys, or the PC’s mouse.

Key Performance Indicators

Key “Performance Indicators” measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed. With 65 unique Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score. They include execution time, average and maximum driving speeds (forwards and backwards), measurements about how precisely loads are picked up and put down (errors in orientation, centering, etc.), and counting many kinds of collisions (forks, loads, shelves, etc.).

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 forklift overturn condition, or a load falling from a pallet or a shelf, will trigger “Fatal Errors” and the simulation immediately stops.

Please contact us for pricing of a commercial software license for the Forklift Personal Simulator Version 2.

Software Description

Forklift Simulator Controls

Replica Controls for the Forklift 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.

Since typical forklifts are equipped with three or four levers, you will need to use three or four USB-ready Forklift Levers. (The fourth lever controls the separation of the forks so if you use three levers instead of four, the simulation software will change the separation of the forks for you.) Simlog’s table-top mounting brackets will 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 Transmission Control Lever suitable for many other Personal Simulators. (The Logitech “Driving Force Shifter” can also be used.) 

Replica Controls

Simulator Controls
Forklift simulator portable tabletop control
Forklift simulator portable tabletop control ball tip levers
Forklift simulator portable tabletop steering wheel
Forklift simulator portable tabletop foot pedals

Simlog 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

Forklift simulator portable tabletop controls sample setup 1 screen
Forklift simulator portable tabletop controls sample setup 4 screens
Forklift simulator portable tabletop controls sample setup 4 screens
Forklift simulator portable tabletop controls sample setup 4 screens
Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with a first display in front and a second display in back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up), one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in landscape mode and a fourth display in the back and one with three displays in portrait mode in front and a fourth display in back

Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls

Forklift simulator portable tabletop travel case
Forklift simulator portable tabletop stackable travel case
Forklift simulator portable tabletop 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 forklift 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.

Since typical forklifts are equipped with three or four levers, you will need to use three or four USB-ready Forklift Levers. (The fourth lever controls the separation of the forks so if you use three levers instead of four, the simulation software will change the separation of the forks for you.) The levers are mounted on the right console, using a special bracket. The industrial steering wheel is mounted on a column that telescopes and easily pivots to numerous angles. There is also a F/N/R Transmission Control Lever mounted on the steering column, like the controls of typical forklifts. The Operator Chair also 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
Forklift simulator operator chair with 1 screen
Forklift simulator operator chair with 2 screens (front and rear)
Forklift simulator operator chair with 4 screens
Forklift simulator operator chair with 4 screens no shifter

Here are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with a first display in front and a second display in back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up), one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in portrait mode and a fourth in the back, and one with three displays in front and a fourth display in back.

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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