JLG and regional rental company Access Hire have introduced the first JLG virtual reality training simulator for the powered access sector in the Middle East.
The JLG AccessReady XR operator training simulator was unveiled at Access Hire’s premises in the Dubai Industrial Park area last week, with the two companies saying that the idea behind installing the device was to provide virtual reality-based training for operators of all skill levels.
Ian Hume, sales director, Emerging Markets, at JLG, said the AccessReady XR was developed totally in-house by JLG and is able to not only familiarise operators with the machine controls but also train them virtually on machine operation with advanced spatial awareness challenges. The simulator offers an immersive training experience in a safe, virtual, indoor environment that improves learning for operators and prepares them to use the machines efficiently in real-world situations.
“We’re really proud to be launching the JLG AccessReady XR VR simulator here in Middle East. This is the first one outside North America and the first one with a customer. We see this as being a big step in the right direction for our industry and we’re very proud to be innovating it and bringing it to our customers. I’d also like to thank Access Hire for being the driving force behind bringing this here in the region,” Hume said.
According to JLG, the device offers several benefits, chief among them being the quick application of VR training into real-world applications while decreasing trainee time to proficiency and idle time during training, making for a more efficient, effective and engaging training programme.
Training costs are also reduced with the AccessReady XR as operators do not need to be taken off-site for training since the device can be taken to the place where the operators are so that training can b imparted. Also, there is no expense on running a machine to impart the training.
Another key benefit is provided by cooperative training options, through the networking of multiple simulators together for a multi-user experience or an instructor-led mode to create users’ own scenarios. The AccessReady XR can also provide more practice time for trainees in a virtual environment which can help them hone their skills faster, thus reducing evaluations time and the time it takes ot get them certified, explained JLG.