Ken Edwards, Caterpillar Health, Safety and Environmental
Manager for mining with Gerrit Zevenster, Immersive
Technologies Regional Manager Africa in front of the PRO3
simulator for surface mining.
Immersive Technologies has proudly demonstrated it's new, next generation, PRO3 advanced equipment simulator at Caterpillar's premiere customer and dealer event, their 2010 Mining Forum held at their Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
The two week event delivered a range of learning sessions together with new product demonstrations to invited customers from around the world. It provided Immersive Technologies an ideal stage to demonstrate the value of its new PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator solution to both Caterpillar's customers and its dealers.
Immersive Technologies also unveiled its latest surface mining Conversion Kit® for the Cat® 793F Mining Truck, which when used in conjunction with the PRO3's advanced display and feedback systems, provides equipment operators with the highest level of simulation realism and learning transfer available in the mining industry.
Caterpillar and Immersive Technologies signed an exclusive licensing and technical information agreement in 2004 and renewed it in 2009. Under this agreement, Caterpillar provides Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to its proprietary machine technical information necessary to accurately simulate Caterpillar's equipment in an advanced simulator.
As part of the agreement Caterpillar also provides Immersive Technologies access to key engineering staff, which, together with the technical information, was pivotal in accurately simulating Caterpillar's new 793F mining truck.
"The new 793F haul truck has advanced systems for operator feedback. Without our alliance and close working relationship it would not have been possible to develop the 793F simulation to the level of accuracy Immersive has achieved. This level of accuracy is vital if the simulator training is to deliver the valuable outcomes our customers expect today," said Wayde Salfinger, Chief Technology Officer, for Immersive Technologies.
Salfinger continued, "Recognizing the need for the highest levels of fidelity in their customer's simulators, Caterpillar took the additional step of developing custom software to support the integration of our technologies."
Feedback on both the PRO3 simulator and the 793F Conversion Kit was extremely positive with many delegates having the unique opportunity to compare hands-on, the real Cat 793F mining truck to Immersive Technologies' simulated version in the same day.
Immersive Technologies' Vice President - North America, Cory Cook said, "Our relationship with Caterpillar is one based on a shared passion for creating the highest quality products that provide tangible safety and productivity results to the global mining industry."
"Caterpillar's ongoing support and commitment to advanced simulation training highlights the results being achieved by mines in the field utilizing Immersive simulators to make sustainable changes within the mining industry."
Cook concluded, "Immersive Technologies looks forward to enhancing the close working relationship it has with Caterpillar and its dealers with a focus on increasing value to its global customer base".
Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.
Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.
With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.