New Vortex Simulator installed at Crane Institute Headquarters
Sept. 22, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)— AIDT, the workforce development division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, is the recipient of a mobile crane simulator donated by Crane Institute of America. Crane Institute has used the simulator for crane operator training activities for nearly 15 years.
The simulator from Crane Institute of America will be used at AIDT’s newest training center, the Alabama Workforce Training Center located in Birmingham. This training center is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of the Birmingham Business Association, the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, the State Department of Education, and Alabama Community College System.
“AIDT offers first-class training. They are very conscientious and put on a good program for skills development,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America. “The simulator will find a good home with AIDT.”
As Alabama’s workforce development agency, AIDT’s mission is to provide workforce training services for new and expanding industries. They operate several industry focused training centers around the state to include Maritime, Robotics and Aviation sectors. The Birmingham center will focus on construction and manufacturing.
The simulator features a full size Manitowoc 2250 crane cab and is equipped with a fully functioning load moment indicator system. According to Headley, one of the unique features of the simulator is the ability to switch between hand controls or foot brakes for stopping the load. Foot brakes are often used in applications like pile driving or dragline work.
“We’ve used simulators previously to teach other skills, such as robotics or welding,” said Rick Maroney, AIDT Manager of Robotics Technology and Safety. “This simulator will be used for introducing mobile crane operator skills and reinforcing mobile crane safety,” he said. Maroney is one of two instructors...
Crane Institute is proud to announce Vortex Simulator training during Mobile and Tower Crane Operator programs.
Simulator training is not a new concept to Crane Institute but has recently been enhanced with the Vortex VxAdvantage Simulator by CM Labs. This is the same kind of simulator used by competitors at the 2014 Crane Operator Skills Championships earlier this year at CONEXPO.
The simulator is equipped with 3 large HD screens which display mobile, crawler and tower crane simulations. Scenarios included are working near power lines, constructing buildings, and assembling tower cranes.
CM Labs takes great pride in the realistic experience their simulators bring to training. A perfect solution for operators that wish to reinforce learning, including beginner through advanced graduated exercises, performance metrics, navigation aids and certification-level scenarios. Come to an Orlando Mobile Crane Operator and Tower Crane Operator Training Program and take your hand at the joystick.