Forklift Training Pack Expands CM Labs’ Instructional Offerings for Port Terminal Operators


Port-focused forklift training program for Vortex simulators provides drivers with the core skills and experience required for safe and efficient cargo management.


Montreal, QC, June 7, 2018 — CM Labs Simulations today announced that at next week’s TOC Europe 2018 (Stand D40), they will be demonstrating a new port-focused training pack designed to provide forklift drivers-in-training with the opportunity to learn machine and cargo management skills.


The latest training pack for Vortex® Port Equipment Simulators teaches forklift truck driving basics with an assortment of cargo, highlighting areas for trainee improvement. The training pack presents opportunities to practice challenging techniques, moving new drivers from basic skills to complex terminal operations.


“Forklifts are one of the most common machines found on ports and operators need to learn to respect these powerful machines to provide effective cargo movement,” said Lisa Barbieri, VP Marketing, CM Labs. “Training in the realistic environment offered by the Vortex Forklift Training Pack safely exposes operators to the behaviour and limitations of the real machine. Drivers learn what it takes to work in a terminal and experience a wide range of port operations.”


Specific training scenarios include a slalom driving course, maneuvering in confined spaces, handling a variety of fragile loads, and stacking cargo inside containers, on trailers, and on warehouse racks. With forklifts prone to tipping when improperly handled, trainees who use the Forklift Training Pack are taught best practices to the benefit of everyone.


“Damaged goods are costly to terminal operators and negatively impact customer satisfaction. Since forklifts interact directly with cargo, safe delivery is a key component of forklift efficiency,” said Nicolae Sterescu, CM Labs’ Port Solutions Product Manager. “Beyond basic skills introduction, the Forklift Training Pack lets instructors get inventive and test the abilities being developed in student operators.”


Instructors and operators alike benefit from performance reporting tools that track a number of user-customizable metrics for each student. This data can then be used to evaluate whether an operator is ready for terminal operations. As well, instructors can trigger challenging events—including machine faults and pedestrian traffic—to offer an environment that further challenges students and accelerates skills development and worksite awareness.


Barbieri elaborated on the overall implications of integrating Vortex simulators, “Ports and terminals worldwide are seeing major, tangible gains that can be directly attributed to the powerful teaching opportunities provided by Vortex Port Equipment Simulators.”


CM Labs at TOC Europe


CM Labs will showcase their latest port quayside and yard equipment operator training solutions at TOC Europe stand D40, highlighting the safety and productivity improvements that Vortex port simulators can bring to terminals and training organizations worldwide.


CM Labs’ Vortex Port Equipment Simulators provide true-to-life training experiences that result in safe and productive container and cargo handlers. From ship loading/unloading to transport to yard management, Vortex powered training solutions can be used to train employees across the entire port workflow.


About CM Labs Simulations


CM Labs builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. Through its Vortex Studio platform, CM Labs provides capabilities for training simulators, mission rehearsal, virtual prototyping, and testing.


For more than 20 years, CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators have helped train equipment operators in port, maritime, and offshore environments all over the world. In the past few years alone the Port of Tilbury, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Indonesian Port Corporation, Napier Port, Ports of Auckland, multiple DP World sites and the Pacific Maritime Association (USA) have chosen Vortex simulators to improve operational safety and efficiency.


Vortex® is a registered trademark of CM Labs Simulations.


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