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SKID
STEER
SIMULATOR 

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

The skid steer loader, also called skidsteer or skid loader, is a versatile, four wheel drive, mobile machine most often equipped with a bucket or forks to perform a wide variety of tasks in construction and material handling.

And because of its small size and simple operator controls, the skid steer loader is often considered entry level, where operator training begins.

Practically, danger is always present, and injuries are most often caused by rollovers. In particular, a skid steer loader will become unstable when the bucket or forks are overloaded, when carrying loads with the lift arms raised too high, or when driving up and down slopes. Clearly, for all of these reasons, operator training is especially important. Time for new simulator-based help!

The new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator, the world’s first, puts you at the controls of a typical skid steer loader equipped with either a bucket (there are two kinds) or forks, at work in a typical construction site.

Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders (ISO, H-Pattern, Standard with pedals).

There are many software options to change the colours of the 3D model, to change the lift path type (lift arm geometry), and to select one of two buckets. And because a rear camera is increasingly present to improve safety, we’ve added a Rear Camera System to the simulation software functionality.

Like all our leading products, you can set up either one display in front where space is limited, three displays in front to create a 180 degree “panoramic” view, or three displays in front arranged side-by-side and a fourth display in the back.

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

Skid Steer simulator sample screen

Skid Steer Software Description

The Skid Steer Loader simulation software features many software options to configure what you see and do, to reproduce the operator controls of the most common kinds of (real) skid steer loaders.

Configuration Parameters for Machine Characteristics

Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders: ISO, H-Pattern, and “Standard” with pedals. 

There are also three configuration parameters for machine characteristics, as follows:

  • choose one of two colour combinations

  • choose “Vertical” or “Radial” lift path types (lift arm geometries)

  • choose the “general purpose” bucket without teeth, or the “rock” bucket with teeth

Rear Camera System

To improve safety, skid steer loaders are increasingly equipped with a rear camera and for that reason, Simlog’s Skid Steer Loader simulation software features a simulated Rear Camera System (that can be disabled) superimposed on the simulation graphics.

Note that the Rear Camera System is especially important for setups without a rear display positioned behind the simulator controls.

Simulation Modules

A total of eight Simulation Modules will present training scenarios typical of real skid steer loader work and for each one, key “Performance Indicators” will measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, as well as tracking events related to safety and operating procedures.

Especially important is the Performance Indicator related to rollover, to detect an imminent overturn condition.

For the bucket attachment:

  • Controls Familiarization, to learn the “what does what”

  • Positioning, with targets for both the bucket and forks

  • Stockpiling 1, to load, move, and dump rough material on the ground using the bucket

  • Stockpiling 2, as before but now working on slopes, so driving up and down

  • Truck Loading, like “Stockpiling” but now loading a dump truck

For the forks attachments:

  • Load Handling 1, with initial and target positions for the loads on the ground

  • Load Handling 2, as before but now working on slopes, so driving up and down

  • Load Handling 3, as before but now loading and unloading a flatbed truck

In addition, there are two “Demo’s” for “freestyle” simulated work with the two attachments, the bucket and forks.

Key Features

  • Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics

  • 8 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty

  • 66 unique 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

  • Three possible Joystick Patterns: ISO, H-Pattern, Standard Controls (with pedals)

  • Support for multiple displays

  • Configuration parameters to modify colours, lift path type, and bucket type

  • 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 66 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 (bucket, forks, loads, obstacles, etc.).

A variety of incorrect operating conditions will trigger “Procedure Errors” such as driving “out of bounds”.

Finally, conditions related to safety will trigger a “Fatal Error” that immediately stops the simulation related to rollover, to detect an imminent overturn condition.

 

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 skid steer simulator.

Low Total Cost of Ownership

Real affordability, that’s how Simlog sets the standard in cost-effective simulation.

 

First, the software license is a one-time purchase, with no restrictions on the number of people that you can train.

Second, this software is designed to be used with off-the-shelf (Windows) PCs, displays, speakers, etc. And our USB-ready simulator controls incorporate no special interface or proprietary electronics, so they can be easily, and individually, replaced as needed over time.

Quick Return on Investment

The fact is, training with our Personal Simulator costs very little compared to training with a real mobile crane.

First, consider what you pay to own and operate that equipment, plus the time spent by your instructor to supervise the training. Then there are the costs associated with even small accidents due to inexperience, often thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime. There are merchandise costs too, because loads will inevitably be damaged or “lost”. Finally, there’s always the risk of injury (or worse).

Now compare all that to training with our skid steer personal simulator, and it’s easy to see that your return on investment will be quick!

Software Description

Skid Steer Simulator Controls

The new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator, the world’s first, puts you at the controls of a typical skid steer loader equipped with either a bucket (there are two kinds) or forks, at work in a typical construction site.

Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders (ISO, H-Pattern, Standard with pedals).

There are many software options to change the colours of the 3D model, to change the lift path type (lift arm geometry), and to select one of two buckets.

Like all our leading products, you can set up either one display in front where space is limited, or three displays in front to create a 180 degree “panoramic” view.

 

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

Replica Controls

Simulator Controls
Skid Steer simulator 8-button tabletop controls
Skid Steer simulator pedals

Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Skid Steer Loader Simulator feature industrial strength USB-ready components suitable for both Tabletop Mounting with our Custom Travel Case, and our Operator Chair.

Three configurations are offered for the simulator controls, to reproduce the most common kinds of operator controls in the cabin of real skid steer loaders.

The most common configuration consists of two (multi-purpose) joysticks that you can also use with many other Personal Simulators, for either the “ISO” or “H-Pattern” joystick patterns. Replica Controls Pedal Unit, where needed, adds the option of training with the very same toe-down/heel-down pedal action found in certain models of real skid steer loaders. The joystick pattern is “Standard Controls”.

We also offer tabletop 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 skid steer loaders.

Possible Setups

Skid Steer simulator tabletop setup example
Skid Steer simulator tabletop with 3 screens
Skid Steer simulator tabletop with 4 screens
There are three possible arrangements, one with a single display in front e.g. for wall-mounting, one with three displays in front, side by side, to present a 180 degree “panoramic” view, and one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in landscape mode and a fourth display in the back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up). 

Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls

Skid Steer simulator travel case
Skid Steer simulator stacking travel case
Skid Steer 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 is a cost-effective way to train operators with our Skid Steer Loader simulation software in a safe and more realistic environment. It also offers a superior simulation experience, thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands, mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.

 

The Operator Chair is configured with Simlog’s Multi-Purpose Replica Controls. Simlog’s Replica Controls Pedal Unit, where needed, adds the option of training with the very same toe-down/heel-down pedal action found in certain models of real skid steer loaders.

 

Possible Setups

Operator Chair
Skid Steer simulator operator chair with 1 screen
Skid Steer simulator operator chair with 3 screens
Skid Steer simulator operator chair with 4 screens

There are three possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side in horizontal landscape mode and one with three displays in front and a fourth display in back (to teach people to turn their heads to look behind when backing up).

Key Features

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

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

  • Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)

  • Integrated consoles for left and right joysticks

  • USB-ready Multi-Purpose Replica Controls and excavator 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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