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TOWER 

CRANE
SIMULATOR 

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

The Tower Crane Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a modern freestanding top-slewing tower crane with trolley jib. Instrument readings include working slew angle, working radius, lowering depth (hook height), and load weight. There is also a simulated three-way switch for hoist gear selection. You can even change the viewpoint during the simulation at the touch of a button.

 

You can either use your own PC or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the Simlog software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, or Spanish.

TOWER CRANE SIMULATOR

Tower crane simulator sample screen
Module 1: Load Control 1

The objective of this module is to learn to master load movement using just the trolley control, by moving the load to a position above the target indicated.

Tower crane simulator sample executing lifts
Module 3: Executing Lifts

The objective of this module is to learn to master load movement using the slewing, trolley, and hoist controls, by positioning loads at various target positions as efficiently as possible.

Tower crane simulator sample form following
Module 6: Form Following

The objective of this module is to learn to master load movement using the slewing, trolley, and hoist controls, by moving a concrete bucket from one end of a wooden form to the other as part of simulated concrete pouring as efficiently as possible.

Tower crane simulator sample screen outside view

Tower Crane Software Description

There are six simulation modules of increasing difficulty. Early modules introduce the basic crane motions, while later simulation modules add obstacles and load charts, ending with zigzag trajectory following exercises. Key performance indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, including execution time, maximum load sway, number of load/obstacle collisions, and number of two-blocking occurrences.

Simulation results are automatically saved, so trainees can progress at their own pace without trainer supervision. To simplify the record keeping, we offer a database product called Simulation Manager; the same database can be used with all of the personal simulators we offer.

There are six “Simulation Modules” of increasing difficulty. Early modules introduce the basic crane motions. Later Simulation Modules add obstacles and load charts, to end with zigzag trajectory following exercises.

 

  • Load Control 1

  • Load Control 2

  • Executing Lifts

  • Steel Erection

  • Concrete Bucket Placement

  • Form Following

Key Features

  • Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics

  • 6 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty

  • 10 unique Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work

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

  • Configuration parameters for frequency-converter and pole-changing trolley motors

  • Functionality to slow down, speed up, or reverse control functions

  • Viewpoints from inside and outside the cabin

 

Tracking Results

Key Performance Indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, including execution time, maximum load sway, number of load/obstacle collisions, and number of 2-blocking occurrences. The feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score.

 

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 tower crane simulator. Small accidents due to inexperience can cost thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime, far in excess of your investment in this training tool. This priceless investment in the health and productivity of your workers represents an excellent training value and improves operator safety.

 

If you are preparing for CCO operator certification, think of this as a small addition to the investment you will already be making in examiner accreditation and test site preparation.

Software Description

Tower Crane Simulator Controls

This tower crane simulation software puts you at the controls of a modern freestanding top-slewing tower crane with trolley jib. Instrument readings include working slew angle, working radius, lowering depth (hook height) and load weight. There is also a simulated three-way switch for hoist gear selection. At the touch of a button, you can even change the viewpoint during the simulation.

Replica Controls

Simulator Controls
Tower crane simulator operator controls example

These Replica Controls from Simlog feature industrial strength components. There are a total of 8 push-buttons for the thumb, plus a trigger (not shown).

 

They are multi-purpose, so they can be used with Simlog’s Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, Mobile Crane, Tower Crane, Forklift, Harvester, Forwarder, and Drill Jumbo Personal Simulators. This means that if you are a Simlog customer, you may be able to re-use the Replica Controls that you already have.

Possible Setups

Tower crane simulator portable tabletop sample setup

Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls

Tower crane simulator portable tabletop travel case
Tower crane simulator portable tabletop stacking travel case
Tower crane simulator portable tabletop 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 tower crane operators with our Tower Crane simulation software in a safe and realistic environment.

Compared to Replica Controls with Table-Top Mounting Brackets, Simlog’s Operator Chair 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-Function Replica Controls consisting of USB-ready industrial joysticks that provide portability and easy connectivity. The joysticks feature 8 push-buttons, plus a trigger, and are designed for use with many Simlog simulators. But 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

Oprator Chair
Tower crane simulator operator chair configuration

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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