ThoroughTec is putting one of its highly advanced training tools, an underground articulated dump truck (ADT) simulator on show at this year’s Goldfields Mining Expo.
The Cybermine simulator is designed to provide excellent training, skill refreshment and operator evaluation for ADT drivers I below-ground operations.
At the heart of the simulator system is a realistic simulated operating cab with fully functional instruments and controls. The cab is then mounted on a motion platform providing motion perception cues while the large projection screens immerse the operator in a 3D operating mine world complete with tunnels, loading points, chutes, dumping areas other vehicles and miners. Full loading, hauling, reversing and dumping capability is included with each simulation. The operator’s performance is continually monitored in terms of cycle times, processed tonnage, adherence to safety procedures, correct equipment handling techniques and response to emergency situations and failures.
Performance reports and the instructor’s full action review capability provide a complete training and evaluation system.
“Simulator training is the most effective way of improving operator safety and productivity while reducing overall training costs,” ThoroughTec Australasian business development manager Brad Rouse said.
“It is a known fact that poor driver skills and habits can have a significant impact on safety and productivity in ADT operations. Without a doubt, skilled ADT operators increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce safety violations.”
ThoroughTec has been designing and manufacturing simulators for more than 20 years and has developed surface and underground simulators for the mining and construction industries globally. Some 500 of its simulator units are deployed worldwide. Its surface simulators include haul trucks, shovels and excavators, drill rigs, ADTs, wheel loaders, draglines, bulldozers and graders.
The underground simulators include roof bolters, drill rigs, load haul dumpers, ADTs, locomotives, scalers and reef dozers.