Wheel loader – driving simulator
A driving simulator for a wheel loader has been created by Datenflug for use at K+S Aktiengesellschaft’s Herfa location. This simulator has been designed to bring about a significant improvement in the training and further education of wheel loader operators.
Training in the simulator gives the beginner a structured overview of the vehicle. Inexperienced drivers can learn the first steps involved in vehicle operation without any risk to themselves or the machine and without any fear of doing something wrong. This ensures that the trainees quickly acquire the skills and the security they need to operate the actual machine. In addition, the trainees can be made aware of vehicle-specific problems and dangers.
The trainees learn how to operate the machine in a way that is good for both man and machine. As well as acquiring a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between the thermal and mechanical properties of the vehicle, they also develop a true understanding of the complex interrelationship between the drive, gear and braking system. In addition, the trainee has a chance to learn and practice how to deal with the machine in dangerous situations. Further elements of the training include learning about the different driving characteristics of the different kinds of wheel loaders as well as applying different mining strategies.
In order to give the trainees a feel for the way the vehicle reacts to acceleration and braking as well as for the position and the inclination of the vehicle during operation, the simulator uses a driving dynamics system (hexapod). The entire cockpit incl. the graphics system is located on a platform that moves according to the calculations made by the simulator, giving the trainees a very real impression of the driving dynamics.
The qualifications of a wheel loader driver can be improved significantly through the use of a driving simulator. In addition, the maintenance costs can be reduced and the availability as well as the performance of the machine increased.