VR simulator helps train scissor lift operators

Serious Labs and Skyjack have developed a new virtual reality scissor lift operator training simulator

The operator is taken through realistic exercises of driving, turning, lifting and lowering.
The operator is taken through realistic exercises of driving, turning, lifting and lowering.

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Equipment simulation and interactive learning company Serious Labs and aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack have developed a new virtual reality scissor lift operator training simulator.

The scissor lift training scenarios take the operator through realistic exercises of driving, turning, lifting and lowering. The scenarios support a 'generic' style of scissor lift, an diesel rough terrain and an electric slab, and provide the same feel and balance as being on the actual machine. A data-capture system records the operator’s achievements and failures, which can identify weaknesses for future improvement.

The scissor lift scenarios are being designed to comply with the new ANSI standards and the IPAF training program. The simulator’s training scenarios map 1:1 on assessment for certification validation while tracking the movement of best practices.

Jim Colvin, CEO, Serious Labs, said: "VR has finally arrived in the heavy equipment environment and his company’s technology makes a difference in worker safety and productivity. The goal of our operator training is to provide a safe environment to learn and make mistakes. But once those operators get on the job site, the goal is that they go home in the same shape as when they arrived, and VR training helps achieve that.”

Brad Boehler, president, Skyjack, said: “We saw the Serious Labs approach with their boom training simulator and it just seemed natural that we should expand the scope to that product group. As with other Skyjack products, we firmly believe the adoption of new technology should not mean the end result is more complicated. In fact, although we are utilizing advanced ideas, successful adoption really depends upon it being simple and reliable.”

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