In many industries, such harbors, heavy industry or construction, operators make extensive use of various types of cranes and lifting gear. These can be tools to lift raw materials, containers, big equipment or pallets. To safely and efficiently use these devices, operators have to undergo an extensive training program of multiple months. Typically, this training happens on live equipment, resulting in:
- Lower efficiency: the trainee will not be able to handle the crane efficiently
- High risk for mistakes: the trainee can make costly mistakes (hit equipment)
- Potential safety risks: it is possible that a safety risk occurs during training
- Additional manpower costs: typically the trainee has an instructor next to him to take over in case of emergency
- Slow training rhythm: the crane will physically move slow, resulting in only a number of situations to be trained
- Limited number of scenarios: it is not possible to train all the situations possible in real life
A simulator built in VR or 3D solves most of the above problems. It will be possible to train in a multitude of scenarios, without active supervision and without running risks. Multiple operators can be trained at once on different simulators resulting in a highly efficient training program.