If simulator training looked like a good idea four years ago, it has become a real fixture in the mining industry today. No company has supplied more advanced mining operator training simulators than Australia’s Immersive Technologies, which arrives at AIMEX 2011 virtually unrecognisable from the 2007 version.
The company now has more than 200 staff and annual revenues 50% higher than they were then.
Advanced equipment base simulators deployed in 30 countries have doubled to more than 250 units, while simulator equipment modules (machine model conversion kits) sold now number nearly 600, including a staggering 125 sold in the year ending June 30, 2011.
Underscoring the growth in market uptake of the world’s most advanced mining equipment training simulators, Immersive sold 55 base units in FY2011, most of them new generation PRO3 simulators.
At AIMEX 2011 Immersive will have its PRO3 simulator for surface mining, UG360 simulator for underground mining, and equipment modules which replicate the functionality of Caterpillar 793F and 797F haul trucks, Caterpillar’s D11T dozer (a new release), Caterpillar R1700G and R2900G underground loaders, and Liebherr R996 and R9250 hydraulic excavators.
Immersive remains the only mining simulator supplier with technical data exchange agreements with the major industry OEMS, including Caterpillar, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H (Joy), and its TrainerAdvantage program for simulator trainers has now reached 1000 global certifications.