Manitowoc simulators ready for staff training


Manitowoc Cranes is to make use of vortex-based simulators as a tool for demonstrations and customer training.

CM Labs was commissioned by the company to develop and deliver its crane control system (CCS) simulators and the initial order was unveiled at the company’s 2018 Crane Day held earlier this summer in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania.

John Alexander, director of all-terrain crane service, mobile training and telematics at Manitowoc said, “We engaged CM Labs to integrate the new control technology into a simulator, with the goal of allowing dealers and customers to experience and train with the CCS on a true-to-life worksite.”

Replicating functionality
The simulators are now being delivered to Manitowoc clients for operator training, including members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

They not only replicate the functionality and behavior of a 35-ton (40 US ton) Grove RT540E crane, but do so under the control of a CCS user interface.

“CM Labs works well with OEMs like Manitowoc because of our ability to leverage authentic OEM control sets and programmable logic controllers and control systems,” said Arnold Free, chief commercial officer, CM Labs.

“This Manitowoc CCS simulator is an effective way for dealers to easily demonstrate the capabilities of the CCS hardware and for operators to get the expert training they need.”

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